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The new case average and positivity rate stayed about the same as the previous week in the Amarillo area, according to the latest COVID-19 report card, but six new deaths were reported.
The Amarillo Public Health Department’s COVID-19 update notes that 2,419 cases were considered active and reported an increase of 563 new COVID-19 cases over the past week in its weekly COVID-19 report card released Friday.
According to the report card, the 563 new COVID-19 cases amount to a seven-day, new-case average of 80, with a seven-day positivity rate of 16%.
That brings the total number of cases in Potter and Randall counties to 79,363 and the total number of deaths to 1,296 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, according to the APHD’s site, along with 75,601 total recoveries for the area.
Potter County’s total cases since the start of the pandemic rose to 38,431, with 1,232 active, 36,432 recoveries and 767 deaths related to the virus.
Randall County’s total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic rose to 40,932, with 1,234 active, 39,169 recoveries and 529 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 stayed low, or green.
The Amarillo Public Health COVID-19 Hospitalization report, also being released weekly each Friday, noted 27 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Six patients were in the ICU, and three patients were on ventilators, all of whom were unvaccinated. Of the 27 patients hospitalized, 74.1 percent were unvaccinated.
The hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area A, which includes Potter and Randall counties and the bulk of the Texas Panhandle, was 3.6% as of Thursday.
Since August of 2021, 81.2% 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.