An area school district near Kilgore has closed due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, although Kilgore Independent School District continues to have only isolated cases.
Kilgore ISD, specifically Kilgore High School, released a notification to parents on Monday that an individual who was lab-confirmed to have the virus was present on campus on Friday, one of a handful of times since school resumed in Kilgore that the school district has had to make the announcement. Some of those have been staff, some students, although the school district does not release names or identification points.
This comes on the heels of the news that Henderson ISD has transitioned Henderson High School to online learning for the next two weeks, to avoid further positive COVID tests. The Henderson-Spring Hill football game set for Friday has also been canceled, but most extracurricular activities are still ongoing.
According to M. Roberts Media reports, public health officials announced 50 new COVID cases in Gregg County since Friday.
The cases were more than double those of any of the six other counties covered by regional organization the Northeast Texas Public Health District, known as NET Health. With the new cases, Gregg County’s cumulative case count rose to 2,062.
NET Health also on Monday reported eight new recoveries in Gregg County residents. The county has had 1,307 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, a number that did not change during the weekend.
In Smith County, NET Health announced 25 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday and no new recoveries or deaths.
The county has had 3,509 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 2,829 recoveries and 57 deaths.
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Monday reported 41 new cases of the coronavirus in Rusk County since Friday for a total of 831 and no new deaths. The county has had six COVID-19 deaths, according to the state.
The city of Kilgore, of course, spans into both Gregg and Rusk counties.
According to Associated Press reports on Tuesday, Texas has 2,595 new COVID-19 cases, and 21 additional deaths, state health officials said Monday.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said the total number of COVID-19 cases so far in the state is now at 663,445, while the death toll is now at 14,211.
The true number of cases in Texas is likely higher though because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
Health officials estimate that about 68,000 cases in the state are currently active.
There were about 3,300 people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Texas on Monday, health officials said. The number of hospitalizations has been decreasing since peaking July 22 at 10,893.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and a cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.