COVID-19

For those who wish more information, please visit the Texas Map for COVID-19 .  You may access via the link in the left hand  menu that says Coronavirus Cases Maps and Statistical Information or by clicking here. Please note that there is where most of our numbers come from. It is updated once a day around 4ish. 

September 13 - Aransas County now has more than 300 positive test cases according to the TxDSHS Dashboard. There have been 2011 residents tested with 302 receiving positive results. This makes our current positivity rate 15% compared to the state's 8.11%. The number of fatalities remains at 18 and there are no recorded active cases.

In truth, the numbers really do not add up properly as the Dashboard also says there are 290 recoveries.  Adding this number to the 18 deaths brings it to 308 cases, not 302.

September 4 - There are no new positive test results for COVID-19  in Aransas County. DSHS reported today, due to back logs with labs, there are now 78 additional cases that were not included bringing the new total to 293 positive cases. They are neither active cases nor fatalities.   An excerpt from their news release is below (in bold italics).

The City will no longer be posting Coronavirus notices daily.  When there is significant information. i.e. increased active cases, we will resume reporting on a regular basis.  If you are interested in following the daily DSHS Dashboard, you may access by clicking here or on the Coronavirus Case Maps and Statistical Information in the left-hand menu.

"DSHS works with 57 local health departments, 8 public health regions, over 600 hospitals and more than 400 labs to report COVID-19 data on a daily basis. DSHS works with labs daily to assist them with reporting COVID-19 test results. DSHS strives to provide accurate data to the public and at times there can be discrepancies that will be corrected as soon as possible. Aransas County is not the only county to receive additional back log cases in the region. DSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) is supporting Aransas County in identifying any close contacts of the patients so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms.

DSHS is now reporting 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. Aransas County has 18 confirmed fatalities since the beginning of the reporting.

The (DSHS) Public Health Region 11 is reminding the public that it is conducting contact investigations on persons who have tested positive to determine possible exposure to others. If the health department has not contacted you, there is no need to take any action at this time.

The (DSHS) Public Health Region 11, Aransas County and City Officials continue to work together against COVID-19. All agencies are vigilant and reporting results for COVID-19 in the region. They are also working together to educate the public and practice social distancing.

The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information and what to do if you’re sick, this can be accessed at dshs.texas.gov. Additionally, testing information is available on the same website."

September 2 - Reports from the DSHS show there have been 217 positive cases in Aransas County and 199 recoveries.  The latest cases had been included in the count of recoveries, but not included in the total until today.  They included two females (60's) and three males (60's, 2-70's).  Statewide there were 4,157 new cases and 189 newly reported fatalities. 

August 30 - Something is not right with the DSHS reporting system.  Yesterday the numbers didn't add up properly and some additional deaths were posted that hadn't been reported.  Today it shows no active cases despite a report this morning that there were two additional cases and 10 on Friday.  

August 28 - Ten new positive cases in Aransas County announced by DSHS today.  Six women (20's, 40's, 60's, 70's and two in their 80's) and four males (under 10, 40's, and two in their 70's)

August 27 - Good news -- we're down to three active, confirmed positive cases in Aransas County.  No new cases and no additional fatalities.  Unless there is a change in numbers, there will no longer be any daily reports.  We ask that you continue to follow safety protocols as the positivity testing rate in Texas still remains high.

August 25-26 - No changes.

August 24 - One new positive case in Aransas County - a man in his 60's - bringing the total to 198, with 16 fatalities and 167 recoveries.  

August 23 - Latest recovery number from the DSHS posting today is very exciting - up to 167.  No new cases (197) or additional fatalities (16), which means there are only 14 confirmed, active cases.  Thank you for doing your part. 

August 22 - Figures from the DSHS show three new cases, all females (20's, 50's, 80's) bringing the total number of positive cases to 197.  The number of individuals who have recovered is up to 152 and there have been no additional deaths reported. 

August 21 - Four new cases today bringing the total number of positive cases to 194.  One female (30's) and three males(30's, 50s and 70s) No changes in the numbers associated with recoveries (137) and deaths (16).

August 20 - Pleased to announce the newest DSHS COVID-19 numbers - 137 recoveries and no changes in the number of positive cases or deaths. 

August 19 - No changes on the Covid-19 numbers from yesterday posted by DSHS. 

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August 18 - Updated information from DSHS for Aransas County.  Three new cases, all females (40's, 60's,70's) and 118 recoveries.

August 17 - No changes to report.

August 16 - Updated information from DSHS for Aransas County shows there have been 187 confirmed, positive cases, 115 recoveries and 16 fatalities.  One new case today of a man in his 40's.

August 15 - No changes to report.

August 14 - Updated information from DSHS for Aransas County shows there have been 186 confirmed cases, 16 fatalities and 113 recoveries.  Three  new cases today include two women (60's and 30's) and a male infant. 

August 13, 2020 - No changes to report

August 12 - One new case in Aransas County - a woman in her 70's bringing the total number of positive cases to 183. There are now 111 recoveries, 56 active cases, and 16 fatalities. 

August 11 - Aransas County has five new positive cases  - Three females (20's, 40's and 70's) and two young boys under the age of five.

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August 10 - Aransas County has received notification of four more individuals who have tested positive bringing the total number to 177.  They include three women (40;s, 60's and 70's) and a man in his 80's. Other data from DSHS' report today shows  68 active cases and no new fatalities. 

August 9 - Today, the DSHS reported one new case - a male in his 70's.  Aransas County has 173 residents who have tested positive, 90 who have recovered, and 15 who have died.

August 8 - The DSHS is reporting three new cases in Aransas County - one female (30's) and two males (teenager and 40's).  The total number of residents who have tested positive is 172, with 87 recoveries and 13 fatalities.

August 7 -The DSHS is reporting four new cases in Aransas County - two males (70's and 40's) and two females (60's and under 10) bringing the total number of people who have tested positive to 169.  There are now 72 recoveries and 13 fatalities.

As a reminder, City parks reopen tomorrow and the Pool will reopen on August 12.

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August 6 - Before sharing today's numbers, we'd like to thank everyone for your collective efforts to keep our cases to a minimum compared to other parts of South Texas.  But we need to do more!!
We went from having a total number of 23 cases through the end of June to now over 160 in a little over a month.  Many of us think that if we're with family or friends there is no risk.  Sadly, that's not true.  Multiple deaths within families and infections among young children have demonstrated otherwise.
We ask you to please do your part to follow the protocols to limit the spread of this virus.  The future is in the hands of ALL of us.
As for today, there are three more cases bringing the total to 165 positive cases with 67 recoveries.  Unfortunately, there was another death making it 13 for our County.  The  new cases included a young girl under the age of 5 and two men (20's and 50's)


August 5 - Four new cases bringing the total to 162 with 67 recoveries and 12 deaths.   Positive cases include three females (under 10, teenager, and 50's) and a male in his 20's.

August 4 - No change in reported numbers.

August 3 - Five new positive cases - all females (one-year-old, under 15, 30's, 40's and 50"s).  Total number of positive cases is 158 with 65 recoveries and no change to the fatality report of 12.  This report is based on the updated DSHS Dashboard. 

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August 1 -We did not receive a notification of new cases this morning.  Additionally, the figures on the updated, daily COVID-19 Dashboard showed NO changes in numbers for Aransas County.

There will be no data reports on Sunday, August 2 due to scheduled upgrades on DSHS' system.

July 31 -- Aransas County has four new cases bringing the total of positive cases to 153 with 52 recoveries and 12 total deaths.  The new patients include two females (30's and 40's) and two males (20's and teenager).
The City announced today that the Parks and Community Pool will reopen on Saturday, August 8.  Maintenance work on the pool and repairs at the parks are continuing.
DSHS has announced that there will be no data reports on Sunday, August 2 due to upgrades on their system.


July 30 - Aransas County has 13 NEW positive cases bringing the total number of cases to 149 with 51 recoveries and 12 deaths.  The new cases consist of seven females (ages: 3-60's, 2-50's, 30's and one under 10) and six males (ages: 2-13-19, 2-60's, 50's, and one under the age of five).
The attached graph, which was produced earlier today, doesn't include the latest recovery and fatality numbers, which were reported late this afternoon.

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July 29 - One new case, a girl under the age of 5.  We now have 136 positives cases, 10 fatalities and 46 recoveries based on reporting from the Tx Department of State Health Services.

In other news, the ban on vehicles at Rockport Beach Park has been extended to 12:01 am August 17.  

July 28 - Four new cases bringing the total to 135 with 52 recoveries.  Three females (30's, 60's and 80's) and one male (60's).  Yesterday, the Tx Department of State Health Services updated its COVID-19 fatality reporting based on death certificates.  Aransas County now has 6 deaths.

July 27, 2020 - Five new cases bringing the total to 131 positive cases with 52 recoveries.  They are all male (30's, 2-50's, 70's and 80's)

July 26,2020  Three new cases - Two females (30's and 40's) and one male under the age of 10.  Total positive cases 126 and 52 recoveries.

July 25, 2020 Seven new cases reported today bringing the total number of positive cases to 123 with 52 recoveries.  There are five females (one in her 70’s and the rest in their 50’s) and two males (40’s and 80’s) 

July 24 COVID-19 Report:  Two females - a teenager and a women in her 30’s - bringing the total count of positive cases to 116 with 50 recoveries. 

July 23rd brings us three new cases - two females (20’s and 50’s) and one male (30’s) for a total of 114 positive cases with 45 recoveries.

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July 21, 2020 - 14 new cases bringing the total positive case count to 106.  Eight female (1 under 10, 2-30’s, 50’s, and 3- 60’s) and six male (30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 2-60’s and 80’s). 

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July 20, 2020:  One new case - a woman in her 20’s.  The historical case count is now 92 with 36 recoveries.

July 19, 2020 - Six new cases have been confirmed. The historical case count is now 91 with 36 recoveries. Two females (30’s and 90’s) and four males (two under 10 years of age, one under 15, and another less than a year old).

People keep asking for reports on hospitalizations and deaths.  Our response is the same as it has been since the beginning – we do not have this information.  Everything we receive (and share) from the Texas Department of State Health Services is published on the day of receipt.  At the beginning it was every couple of days, but has now become daily.

We are very frustrated by the lack of information on these two topics.  Like you, we are aware of deaths and hospitalizations that have not been reported to the County and have addressed our concerns to numerous state agencies, the Governor’s office and elected officials.

As Aransas County does not have any hospital facilities, residents must go elsewhere.  Our hospitalized citizens may be in Corpus, Victoria or even Refugio.  If you would like to examine the numbers, please go to the DSHS COVID-19 Hospital Information Dashboard at https://tinyurl.com/yb9anmot and click on one of the regions.  The Dashboard is updated daily around 4 pm.  Nueces County’s numbers are updated between 4 – 6 pm every day. 

Reminder -- tomorrow the Rockport Beach Park and boating ramp will be closed to vehicular traffic, the Community Pool will be closed indefinitely, and City Parks will also be closed.  Tule Hike and Bike Trail will remain open.

July 18, 2020 - Four new cases have been confirmed. The historical case count is now 85 with 36 recoveries.  Two females ( 50’s and 20’s) and two men (20’s and 60’s) 

July 17, 2020 - Six new cases have been confirmed. The historical case count is now 81 with 25 recoveries.  Four females (one under 5 and three in their 50’s) and two men (one under 15 and the other in his 50’s. 

July 16, 2020 – COVID-19 Report and Beach Closing News

Starting at 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 19th, vehicles will NOT be allowed into Rockport Beach Park, including the boat ramp. Individuals may park on Fairgrounds and walk in. This is scheduled to end on August 1, but may be rescinded or extended.  The Order may be viewed on the City’s web site: https://cityofrockport.com/Archive.aspx?ADID=3006

There were 10 new cases today bringing the total to 75.  Recoveries remain at 23.  Five females (60’s, 2 - 20’s, 30’s and 40’s) and five males (two under the age of 15, 60’s, 70’s and 40’s).

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July 15, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  Eight new cases reported bringing the total number of positive cases to 65 with 23 recoveries.  There were four males (50’s, 60’s and two in their 70’s) and four females (teenager, 40’s, 50’s and 80’s).

Reminder that the Weekly Briefing will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 10 am.  It is a live stream on the Chamber and Pilot’s FB pages and is also viewable as a video later in the day.  The change was made because of a previously scheduled, regional hurricane training.  They will resume on Wednesdays the following week.

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July 14 COVID Update - One new case, a male in his 30’s.  There have been 57 reported cases and 23 recoveries.

July 13, 2020: 1 new positive case and 1 recovery - both males in their 70’s.

We have been notified by the Navigation District that this weekend’s Market Days has been cancelled.

The weekly "Local Impact Briefing" will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 10 am.  It is a live stream on the Chamber and Pilot’s FB pages and is also viewable as a video later in the day.  The change was made because of a previously scheduled, regional hurricane training.  They will resume on Wednesdays the following week.

July 12, 2020 - Five new cases today - two males in their 40’s, a male in his 20’s, a boy under the age of 5, and a female in her 70’s.  Total of 55 cases and 20 recoveries.

The weekly "Local Impact Briefing" will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 10 am.  It is a livestream on the Chamber and Pilot FB pages and is also viewable as a video later in the day.  The change was made because of a previously scheduled, regional hurricane training.  They will resume on Wednesdays the following week.

July 11, 2020 - No New Cases Today. Total recoveries is now 20.

July 10, 2020 - We are now at 50 positive cases with the newest being a teenage female.  No new recoveries to report. 

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July 9, 2020 - Three additional positive cases bringing the total to 49 - two females (80’s and 40’s) and a male teenager.

July 8, 2020, two additional positive test results for COVID-19 have been confirmed in Aransas County. The historical case count now stands at 46 with a total of 16 recovered. Case number 45 is a male in his 40s. Case number 46 is a female in her 60s.The patients are currently isolated in self quarantine.

July 7 - One New Case today - Gentleman in his 70’s

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July 5, 2020 - Today we were informed of our 35th positive case - a female in her 40’s.  The recovered cases are now 11.

JULY 4, 2020 - Three additional cases bringing the total of positive cases to 34.  Two males (50’s and 70’s) and one female (60’s).  Link to newest charts 

July 3 COVID-19 UPDATE - three additional cases bringing the total of positive cases to 31.  All females  - teen, 20’s and 60’s.

July 2, 2020 - Four additional positive test results for COVID-19 have been confirmed in Aransas County. The historical case count now stands at 28 with a total of 9 recovered. They include four females - one a teenager, two are 10 years of age, and a 10-month-old. 

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UPDATE - 6/30/2020  As of 3:30 pm today, there have been three additional positive test results bringing the case count to 23.  All females - one in her 40’s, another in her 50’s and the third in her 60’s.  There have been 6 recoveries and no deaths.

UPDATE - 6/29/2020  As of 2 pm today, three additional positive test results for COVID-19 have been confirmed in Aransas County bringing the historical case count to 20. The three individuals are all women - one in her 20’s, another in her 80’s, and the third in her 30’s.  

UPDATE - 6/28/2020 - As of the morning of June 28, 2020, one additional positive test result for COVID-19 has been confirmed in Aransas County. The historical case count now stands at 17. Case number 17 is a teenage female. The patient is currently isolated in self quarantine. DSHS (Texas Department of State Health Services) is supporting Aransas County in identifying any close contacts of the patients so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms. 

UPDATE - 6/26/2020 - There have been four additional positive COVID-19 cases in Aransas County bringing the total number to 16.  Click here for more information.

UPDATE - 6/26/2020 - There have been two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Aransas County bringing the total number to 12.  Case #11 is a male in his 60s. Case #12 is a male in his 30s. Both men are in self-quarantine.

UPDATE - 6/23/2020 - Aransas County has been notified of three more individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Click here for more information

UPDATE - 6/15/2020 - Aransas County has just recorded a seventh individual who has tested positive for the coronavirus.  Click here for more information.

UPDATE - 6/12/2020 - The Texas Department of State Health Services notified Judge Mills that another individual has tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual was not involved in the May 12th testing.  Click here for more information,

UPDATE - 5/20/2020 - The Texas Department of State Health Services notified C.H. “Burt” Mills, Jr. this morning that a 70 year old female has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in self quarantine. Aransas County has 2 individuals recovered and 3 in self quarantine at this time. We will continue to monitor and keep you aware of any further information. 

UPDATE - 5/19/2020 - There has been another confirmed case in Aransas County.  The individual is a 60-year-old male and is in quarantine.  That brings the total number of positive cases to four, with two now recovered.

UPDATE - 5/14/2020 - Aransas County Judge C.H. "Burt" Mills has been informed there is a new COVID-19 case in Aransas County. The individual is an 80-year-old male. He is self quarantined at this time. As new information is made available the public will be alerted. 

UPDATE - 5/7/2020 - The Texas Department of Health and Human Services conducted COVID-19 testing in Aransas County April 23 and 24 at the Fulton Convention Center. Aransas County completed 189 tests and, at this time, we have no confirmed cases from the testing. The Texas Department of Health and Services will only call the County Judge with any positive cases.

UPDATE - 4/15/2020 - The two reported cases are now recovered.

If you have questions, please check out the local government and Chamber web sites.  There is an array of information that includes open businesses and restaurants; statistical information and maps; links to federal and state agencies; preventive tips and more.  If your question isn’t addressed, then give us a call.  

Currently our community, like other parts of the world, is facing threats from the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s not just the coronavirus, but the misinformation, fear, and hoarding that have overshadowed the reality of the situation.

At the City of Rockport, our primary mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors.  This is something we don’t take lightly.

Long before the travel bans, cancelled sporting and cultural events, and spring  break extensions throughout the country, the City was posting educational items and important links about the coronavirus in the News Flash section on its web site – and sharing its availability through the local social media pages.  This is something we’ll continue to do as more information becomes available.

Many of the precautions now being urged have been standard practice at the City for years – having employees stay home when ill, availability of hand sanitizer in our facilities, and thorough cleaning of public areas.  We have stepped up efforts with social spacing at meetings, and aggressive disinfecting of touch points.  It’s important to note that there is NO threat to our water system.

The Director General of the World Health Organization has stated that “all countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”  That’s exactly what we’re doing through action and education.

It all begins with STOPPING the spread of germs. The CDC recommends wearing masks when in public places. Avoid people who are sick and stay home if you’re not feeling well.  Follow the advice you were taught as a child – wash your hands thoroughly, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Know the SYMPTOMS.  Many of the symptoms mirror those of allergies and colds, i.e. fever and coughing, but shortness of breath may also be a signal.

If you FEEL SICK, stay at home and limit your exposure to family members, especially those who have compromised immune or respiratory systems, young children and the elderly. Keep yourself hydrated and fed and try using over-the-counter medication to alleviate the discomfort.  There are currently no tests available for the coronavirus in our immediate areal however they’re expected to arrive in Corpus Christi by late March. Even so, these tests have a 2-3 day turn-around for results.

If at any time you experience SHORTNESS OF BREATH, without having exerted one’s self, or are experiencing severe problems, present yourself at an emergency facility, NOT a doctor’s office.  If possible, call ahead or have the person taking you enter before you to alert the front desk.  The facility may have a special entrance to bypass the waiting room.

As with Hurricane Harvey, the Mayor’s Message and the City’s web site will be the focal point of communication for the area.  We encourage you to visit it regularly or sign up for alerts.  We will include updated information and links to state and federal agencies.

Most of us have never lived through a major, national health scare like the 1918 influenza pandemic and polio in the late 1940s.  But, through facts, not fear we’ll come through it.

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