Most communities in Hale County saw coronavirus count increase last week


Just about every community in Hale County reported new cases of COVID-19 last week. The majority of those cases and the reported death are reflected in numbers for Plainview.

According to the latest numbers reported to the Plainview/Hale County Health Department, 94 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Hale County last week bringing the total number of reported cases up to 1,909 since the first was announced in March. Case counts across the county are as follows:

Plainview: 77 new cases; 1,697 total cases

Hale Center: 9 new cases; 101 total cases

Abernathy: 6 new cases; 68 total cases

Cotton Center: 1 new case; 2 total cases

Edmonson: 1 new case; 5 total cases

Petersburg: 0 new cases; 36 total cases

There were also an additional 50 recoveries reported including 34 in Plainview, eight in Hale Center, six in Abernathy and two in Petersburg.

There was one coronavirus-related death reported last week and it’s reflected in counts for Plainview.

The deceased individual is a man who was 61 years or older who contracted the virus locally. The latest case report shows he was in a medical facility.

The death brings Plainview up to 51 total deaths. There have been 58 in the county including two in Petersburg and five in Hale Center.

The number of COVID-19 tests being conducted in the county continues to grow steadily. The latest report shows 15,027 total tests have been conducted which is 742 more than what was reported last week. Of those total tests, 13,104 have shown negative results and 14 are pending.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, there were 151 people under monitoring – 43 less than what was reported at the same time last week.

The age group with the most number of diagnosed individuals continues to be those between 21 to 40 years old with 705 of the 1,909 reported cases in the county. There have been 498 cases among those between 41 to 60 years old, 383 between those who are 20 years old and younger, and 322 cases among those who are 61 years old or older. The age of one individual was not reported.

Of those reported cases, at least 1,020 have been reported among males and 887 among females. The sex of two individuals with positively confirmed cases are unknown.

Of the total cases, 1,855 of the cases in the county have been results of local transmission. There have been 53 transmitted outside the county and one listed as indeterminate.

As of Tuesday, 98 individuals were listed as recovering at home and two were in a medical facility.

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