WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — As Wichita County ends the week with back-to-back days underneath 20 new circumstances, the Public Well being District is inspired with the constructive pattern heading into the vacations.
Between Halloween crowds and the chilly climate, Amy Fagan, Public Director of Well being for the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Well being District, famous the distinction within the unfold of Covid from this 12 months to final.
“This time final 12 months, we have been already seeing these circumstances go up, considerably and incrementally, every day,” Fagan mentioned.
Now, virtually two weeks since Halloween this 12 months, Wichita County is seeing a few of its lowest numbers in latest reminiscence.
“And that’s fabulous information,” Fagan mentioned. “That’s the primary time we’ve seen a case rely that low since mid-July.”
102 whole circumstances ended this week, together with 13 new circumstances on Thursday after which simply 11 circumstances Friday, an enormous pattern downward contemplating there was solely at some point with lower than 20 new circumstances reported courting again to September.
“Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, all of these celebrations, Hannukah [are] usually all indoors, in order that’s sort of the distinction,” Fagan mentioned. “So it’s not likely an apples-to-apples comparability nevertheless it provides us some good data.”
Beginning the second week of September, there have been 726 new circumstances. The next weeks would see 515 new cases, 372 the final week of September, then 258 to begin October. That quantity would shrink to 215 new circumstances the subsequent week, then 151 circumstances.
“There’s households which might be actually coping with a very totally different household construction as a result of they’ve misplaced a dad, or they’ve misplaced a mother or grandma,” Fagan mentioned. “We misplaced lots of people within the final 20 months, and so they’re not forgotten.”
Now after one other week with much less circumstances and deaths, simply 102 new circumstances and 5 deaths, the well being district hopes they’ll proceed a number of the issues they’ve completed to contribute to those developments.
“Something we are able to hold doing to maintain deaths low or non-existent from Covid,” Fagan mentioned. “If we are able to hold that from taking place for one more cycle, one other 12 months, however as we go into the vacations, I feel it’s essential for folks to recollect to guard their households and do what they’ll. And that features, for those who haven’t but, think about getting a vaccine.”
The Well being District is trying to hold numbers down and vacation cheer up.
Fagan factors to continued vaccination efforts within the county, together with extra booster pictures now being given out, as some causes circumstances are trending down.
As of this morning the Well being District has additionally administered 83 pediatric doses from Pfizer.