Six more COVID-19 related deaths of Nacogdoches County residents have been reported by Texas Health and Human Services over the past week, bringing the total fatalities here to 81.
Thirteen new cases of the virus were added over the weekend, with none reported for Monday. The number of active cases — those testing positive who are still contagious — was estimated at 91 on Tuesday.
The Nacogdoches County Emergency Office on Tuesday released a 21-day and 14-day trendlines showing a moving average of cases that rose slightly in mid-November but has remained under 10 new cases daily since late September.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against hosting Thanksgiving gatherings with people outside one’s household, recommending that families share meals virtually, watch parades, sports or movies at home and shop either online, at outdoor markets while maintaining distance or via curbside pickup.
Activities described as high risk by the CDC include crowded parades or malls or attending indoor gatherings with people outside of a household. Moderate risk activities include hosting a small outdoor dinner with family and friends, visiting a pumpkin patch or orchard where masks are worn and small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place.
Nineteen people confirmed to have the coronavirus were being treated Tuesday in Nacogdoches’ two hospitals, with five of those in intensive care, according to SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council. Another three patients who were admitted to local hospitals this week had COVID-19 tests pending.
Both SFA and local public schools have dismissed for the Thanksgiving break, with SFA planning to host classes virtually for the remainder of 2020. Nacogdoches and other county public schools will resume classes on Nov. 30.