From Staff Reports | Amarillo Globe-News
The Amarillo Public Health Department’s COVID-19 update notes that 2,420 cases were considered active, with four additional deaths reported.
The APHD reported an increase of 574 new COVID-19 cases over the past week in its weekly COVID-19 report card released Friday.
According to the report card, the 574 new COVID-19 cases amount to a seven-day, new-case average of 82, with a seven-day positivity rate of 16%.
That brings the total number of cases in Potter and Randall counties to 78,650 and the total number of deaths to 1,290 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, according to the APHD’s site, along with 75,037 total recoveries for the area.
Potter County’s total cases since the start of the pandemic rose to 38,127, with 1,248 active, 36,115 recoveries and 764 deaths related to the virus.
Randall County’s total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic rose to 40,643, with 1,195 active, 38,922 recoveries and 526 deaths related to the virus.
By the Centers for Disease Control standards, Potter County’s community levels of COVID-19 were considered medium, or yellow, as of Thursday, while Randall County’s community levels of COVID-19 dropped down to low or green.
The Amarillo Public Health COVID-19 Hospitalization report, also being released weekly each Friday, noted 42 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Eight patients were in the ICU, and two patients were on ventilators. Of those eight patients in the ICU, 38% were unvaccinated. Both patients on the ventilators were unvaccinated.
The hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area A, which includes Potter and Randall counties and the bulk of the Texas Panhandle, was 4.79% as of Thursday.
Since August of 2021, 81% of COVID-19 deaths have involved unvaccinated individuals, according to the report card.
For more information on COVID-19 and the vaccine, visit amarilloalerts.com.
The city of Amarillo Public Health Department, now located at 850 Martin Road, offers COVID-19 vaccines for everyone aged 5 and older. They also offer other adult and children’s vaccines to those that qualify. To learn more, go to https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/community-services/public-health.
For the complete report of all Amarillo Public Health COVID-19 data, visit amarillo.gov/coviddashboard .
Editor’s note: Some of the numbers surrounding COVID-19 cases listed in this story are different on the weekly report card, vs. the APHD website. According to the public health department, readers can check the website for the latest updates and totals.