Local cases show spike

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The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 55 confirmed coronavirus cases for Gillespie County on Thursday afternoon, but local totals show a coming upward trend.

Dr. Jim Partin, chief medical officer at Hill Country Memorial Hospital, said his facility had had 82 positive tests to date. Partin expects the case number to “go up rapidly over the next 10 to 14 days.”

Partin also said HCM had recorded a 30% positive rate in those tested over the past 10 days.

Active and recovered cases were not available from local sources, but the DSHS website shows 24 active and 29 recovered.

Partin’s totals, nor those of the DSHS site, include Wednesday’s Texas Military Department testing held at the city’s south EMS station on Friendship Lane.

A second TMD testing will be held on Sunday, July 26 at the south EMS station, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local city officials and emergency management personnel were to have met Thursday afternoon with hospital officials to determine a more timely manner to report case numbers, as opposed to waiting on the three- to four-day lag on the state database website.