6 new COVID-19 related deaths, 44 new cases, Wichita Co. sees lower positivity rate, new cases this week

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District reported Friday six more deaths related to COVID-19.

Case 5,511 (70 – 79), 11,996 (80+), Case 10,585 (60 – 69), Case 10,175 (80+), Case 11,250 (60 – 69), and Case 11,200 (80+) bring the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Wichita County since the pandemic began in March to 268.

No further information will be released out of respect for the families.

For more information on COVID-19 related deaths and how they are reported, click here.

Please find the age breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths in Wichita County to date below:

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New Cases in Wichita County

The Public Health District also confirmed Friday 44 new coronavirus cases in the county, bringing the current total case number to 13,585.

Communication and Marketing Director Lindsay Barker also reported Friday 214 new recoveries from COVID-19 for a total of 10,874 recovered cases in the county to date.

The Health District also reported 2,443 active cases in the county with 2,348 recovering from home, marking an eleventh consecutive day of declining active cases.

Hospitalizations in Wichita County

95 COVID-19 patients were listed as hospitalized in Friday’s COVID-19 report for Wichita County with 25 patients reported to be in critical condition.

Please find the hospitalization report below:

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Stable00100598262170
Critical0001124105225

Vaccines in Wichita County

Please find the number of people in Wichita County who have received the COVID-19 vaccine:

First Dose — 8,102

Second Dose — 1,540

Wichita County is currently in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in accordance with the Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines.

Active Cases in Wichita County

The Public Health District is reporting 2,443 active COVID-19 cases currently in Wichita County, with 2,348 recovering at home and 95 hospitalized.

Below is a breakdown of Wichita County active cases by city:

  • Wichita Falls — 1,963 active cases
  • Burkburnett — 216 active cases
  • Iowa Park — 221 active cases
  • Electra — 43 active cases

Weekly COVID-19 Breakdown for Wichita County

This week, 413 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Wichita County, with a positivity rate of 13%.

These totals come after four consecutive weeks in which Wichita County saw 800 or more weekly cases. Three of the past four weeks also saw positivity rates higher than 20%.

  • Contact = 50 cases
  • Close Contact = 45 cases
  • Community Spread = 102 cases
  • Still Under Investigation = 209 cases
  • Travel Related = 0 cases

The age breakdown of cases reported this week in Wichita County can be found below:

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COVID-19 Testing Numbers for Wichita Co.

TOTAL COVID-19 TESTSPOSITIVENEGATIVEPENDING
88,71214,56674,13016

Isolation Status

AT HOME/ACTIVEHOSPITALRECOVEREDDEATH
2782513,945318

Information provided by the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District

Updated Friday, February 26 at 3:45 p.m.

Between December 19 and January 8, 3023 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Wichita County. The weekly positivity rates were as follows:

  • 21% for the week ending on December 25
  • 23% for the week ending on January 1
  • 22% for the week ending on January 8.

Based on the latest trends from the Health District, the estimate is over 1,400 new cases per week for the week ending February 26, 2021.

The highest weekly case amount was reported Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1,185 cases, which was in line with the original projection for that time at 1,200 cases per week.

The estimate of over 1,400 new cases per week would be an average of 200 new cases per day.

The continued increase in the number of COVID-19 positive Wichita County residents who are hospitalized continues to be of concern.

Using linear regression analysis based on the max daily hospitalization, if the trend continues at this current rate of increase, the projection for hospitalizations at mid-February could be as high as 150 per day. 

In partnership with the Wichita Falls – Wichita County Public Health District, GoGetTested will be providing fast, easy and accessible COVID-19 testing for all.

GoGetTested has opened it’s COVID Response Operating System and mobile testing sites in Wichita Falls at the MPEC, located at 1000 5th Street in Wichita Falls.

All tests are free of charge, regardless of whether or not the individual being tested is insured.

Hours of operation for the site are 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. You can schedule an appointment online, although an appointment is not required in order to be tested.


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Hotline hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon–2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Health District would like to remind everyone that coronavirus is now in our community and that the decisions we make now regarding social distancing and following the guidelines set by the CDC will directly impact how quickly our community recovers from this virus.

If anyone has questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 in Wichita County, click below to submit them to the health department via e-mail.

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