Drive  by testing

The Texas Department of State Health Services held a free COVID-19 drive-through testing program Monday and Tuesday at the Fulton Convention Center. Almost 200 people were tested Monday.

Through Monday, Nov. 16 Aransas County had a historical count of 374 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those 374 cases, 330 have recovered (26 active cases), per reporting from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). All data is provisional and subject to change. County officials report compiling this data has been a challenge because of all the moving parts, and they are working closely with the DSHS to align and clarify information.

This latest report includes five more cases, and the same number of deaths, compared to the numbers reported in the Nov. 14 edition of this newspaper.

There are 18 confirmed fatalities since the beginning of reporting.

DSHS reports COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is counted when the medical certifier attests on the death certificate that COVID-19 is “a” cause of death.

The DSHS is supporting Aransas County in identifying any close contacts of the patients so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms. If the DSHS has not contacted you, there is no need to take any action at this time.

The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information and what to do if you’re sick at

Additionally, testing information is available on the same website.

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