The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Wharton County is now 14, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. The sudden jump in the death count, which stood at one for the county since June 2, is likely due to a delay in reporting from the state, and is not cause for panic.

The current number of active cases for Wharton County is 254, with 249 reported recoveries and 504 total confirmed positives, as of July 27, according to the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management. This is six new confirmed positives and 18 recoveries since the last reported OEM count.

The message from local and national officials remains the same: wash your hands and stay home when possible to avoid spreading COVID-19. Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask order is still in place, and everyone older than age 10 is required to wear a face covering in public.

OEM and the Leader-News have been looking into why the COVID-19 counts have been so delayed, as unconfirmed reports of local COVID-19 deaths have circulated in recent weeks. The lag time in reporting is likely due to state officials being swamped with the flood of data and numbers to handle since the start of the pandemic.

At this time, the Leader-News does not know how many weeks or months the current data lags behind. (Please look to our Wednesday July, 29 edition for more information.)

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