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County’s active COVID cases remain low

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Bandera County grew to 107 on Monday, Aug. 17, up by 9 in one week, but the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 4, one less than it had been on Aug. 10, data from the Department of State Health Services Region 8, which includes Bandera County, showed.

That means the number of coronavirus cases in Bandera County listed as recovered grew by 10 in a week to 102, Region 8 reported.

It also continued to list one death from the pandemic in the Bandera County, the same number that it reported last week.

The active case count is the number that is closely watched because that is the category whose size determines if face covering mandate imposed by the state in fighting the spread of the deadly virus applies in a county.

Counties that can get their active case count below 20 for 30 consecutive days can apply to the state for a waiver from the face covering regulation.

Bandera County’s active caseload fell below 20 on July 21, emergency management officials said, and has stayed below that number ever since.

Bandera County Judge Richard Evans has said he is likely to seek a waiver again if the active count remains as low as it has been through the 30-day period .

Statewide, health services officials reported that 542,950 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed as of Monday, Aug. 17, up by 56,588 in eight days.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Texas reached 10,034 on Monday, an increase of 1,505 in eight days.