How affecting Abilene, Big Country


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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Two new cases Sunday tied to AbiMar Foods 

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District announced two new cases Sunday for the coronavirus COVID-19, bringing the city’s total to 144.

Both new cases are connected to AbiMar Foods. The city has not been releasing age, gender and treatment information for the company’s employees since announcing Thursday that nine had tested positive.

The total number of AbiMar Foods employees and close associated confirmed for the illness is 50 as of Sunday. A total of 511 people tied to the company have been tested, with 381 negative results and 80 tests pending as of Sunday. 

The company has been shut down since April 13 to test its workforce. 

Last week, the number of people in Taylor County testing positive increased from 61 on April 12 to 142 on Saturday – an increase of 81 confirmed cases. During the same time period, the number of tests increased from  978 to 1,889, according to city data.

The ages of the non-AbiMar Foods patients who have tested positive are:

0-19: 620-29: 2330-39: 1740-49: 1450-59: 1660-69: 870-plus: 10

The city also continues to report that eight non-AbiMar Foods patients are hospitalized and only 12 have recovered. The number of self-isolating patients is 72.

More: Coronavirus: Here is a timeline list of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Abilene, Taylor County

Coronavirus by the numbers

Abilene (updated 4/19):

Total tests conducted: 1,981 (AbiMar: 511)Total positive results: 144 (AbiMar: 50)Total negative results: 1,563 (AbiMar: 381)Total pending: 274 (AbiMar: 80)

Texas: Cases, 18,923; Hospitalized, 1,471; Fatalities, 477; Total tests, 182,710; Recovered (estimated) 5,334. 

Big Country counties with reported confirmed cases: Brown, 13;  Eastland, 4; Jones, 4; Comanche, 3; Scurry, 2; Callahan, 1; Howard, 1;  Knox, 1; Mitchell, 1; Stephens, 1. 

Select West Texas counties: Lubbock, 419; Potter (Amarillo), 120; Randall (Canyon), 103; Wichita (Wichita Falls), 60; Ector (Odessa), 58; Midland, 42; Tom Green (San Angelo), 41.

Updated 3:15 p.m. 4/19

Source: City of Abilene, Texas Department of State Health Services, Comanche County, Mitchell County Hospital, Stephens Memorial Hospital, San Angelo Standard-Times, Scurry County, Eastland County Today

Coronavirus COVID-19: Blog week of 4/12-Number of cases and how pandemic affects Abilene, Big Country

More: AbiMar Foods Abilene plant to remain closed until all COVID-19 testing complete


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Laura Gutschke is a general assignment reporter and food columnist and manages online content for the Reporter-News.  If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to 

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