COVID

COVID-19 infection rates in Wharton County continue to drop while ongoing vaccination efforts help provide residents protection.

Another 1,100 people received their first vaccination in El Campo Friday in the latest Mid Coast Health System effort, a drive through clinic at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Another 300 were set to get their second Moderna shot.

As of last week, 12.57 percent of the county’s population had received at least one shot.

Just 29 cases of COVID-19 are active in Wharton County, compared to 304 at the start of February. In the past 14 days, 45 positive cases have been reported.

Case counts haven’t been this low since the early fall.

“We continue to trend in the right direction,” Wharton County Emergency Management Coordinator Debbie Cenko said Thursday.

Since the pandemic reached Wharton County a year ago, the virus has been confirmed in 3,996 residents or about 9.6 percent of the area’s population. The state estimates, however, that far more people actually had mild unreported cases, especially in the early months of the pandemic.

The Department of State Health Services places Wharton County’s fatality count at 111.

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