Texas DSHS COVID-19 May 18 Update: 175 Cases in Shelby Co.​​​​​​

TEXAS COVID-19

May 18, 2020 - TxDSHS reports no change from May 17th in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County with 175 cases and 5 deaths from the virus. Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison reported Monday morning the county had been notified of a total of 178 cases.

Texas altogether had 909 new cases with 11 new fatalities from the virus reported. The number of fatalities is the lowest number reported since the 31st of March which had only 4 deaths and brought the states total number of deaths to 42. The 11 new fatalities brings Texas to a total of 1,347 deaths to date.

Below is the data released concerning Shelby County:

  • Cumulative Tests for COVID-19 completed - 638 (Through May 17th)
  • Recoveries - 100
  • Active Cases - 70

The first case of COVID-19 was reported by the County Judge on March 26th. According to TxDSHS website data, the increase in cases has been: 2 (March 30-April 1); 4 (April 2); 10 (April 3); 11 (April 4-6); 13 (April 7); 17 (April 8); 23 (April 9); 31 (April 10); 34 (April 11-12); 36 (April 13); 40 (April 14); 46 (April 15); 51 (April 16); 53 (April 17); 60 (April 18-20); 69 (April 21-22); 85 (April 23); 87 (April 24-25); 97 (April 26); 98 (April 27); 101 (April 28-29); 106 (April 30); 117 (May 1-4); 129 (May 5); 131 (May 6); 144 (May 7); 149 (May 8-9); 152 (May 10-11); 158 (May 12); 163 (May 13); 167 (May 14); 172 (May 15); 173 (May 16); and 175 (May 17-18).

Neighboring counties:

Panola County

  • Total Confirmed Cases - 162
  • Deaths - 15
  • Cumulative Tests for COVID-19 Completed - 284 (Through May 17th)
  • Recoveries - 108
  • Active Cases - 39

Rusk County

  • Total Confirmed Cases - 42
  • Deaths - 1
  • Cumulative Tests for COVID-19 Completed - 227 (Through May 17th)
  • Recoveries - 31
  • Active Cases - 10

Nacogdoches County

  • Total Confirmed Cases - 239
  • Deaths - 17
  • Cumulative Tests for COVID-19 Completed - 1,323 (Through May 17th)
  • Recoveries - 144
  • Active Cases - 77

San Augustine County

  • Total Confirmed Cases - 22
  • Deaths - 1
  • Cumulative Tests for COVID-19 Completed - 99 (Through May 17th)
  • Recoveries - 11
  • Active Cases - 10

Sabine County

  • Total Confirmed Cases - 3
  • Deaths - 0
  • Cumulative Tests for COVID-19 Completed - 92 (Through May 17th)
  • Recoveries - 1
  • Active Cases - 2

Editor's Note: The below numbers are updated.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time. Numbers are current as of 8 p.m. the day before reporting.

On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”

Read the full text of the declaration.

Why are these case counts different from what local jurisdictions are reporting?

The numbers include confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported by local and regional public health jurisdictions to DSHS and are listed by the person’s county of residence. They do not include residents of other states who were repatriated from China or a cruise ship on a U.S. government flight to JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio.

The numbers reported here may differ from what’s being reported at the local level for two reasons. Local jurisdictions receive the initial laboratory results and may report them publicly before reporting those cases to DSHS. Some jurisdictions may report cases diagnosed or treated in their area, even if the person lives in another county.

Occasionally, a county’s case count could go down. This would happen if a person was initially reported by one county, but the disease investigation determined they are actually a resident of another county or state.

How can Texans slow the spread of COVID-19?

  • The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Texans must act now.
  • Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, older, and/or have a medical condition.
  • If you are sick, stay home except to access medical care. If you are able to take care of yourself, stay home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and non-essential trips into public.
  • Cancel events of more than 10 people.
  • Limit close contact (at least six feet) with other people. Employers should allow alternative work options as much as possible.

What else can people do to protect themselves and others?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Who is at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19?

Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

DSHS has additional information on the COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

Please note concerning data below: "County of Residence" - the patient may be undergoing treatment in facilities in other counties. "Number of Cases" - does not include repatriation cases.

County of residence totals are as follows:

  • Anderson County - 54
  • Andrews County - 22
  • Angelina County - 139 (1 Death)
  • Aransas County - 3
  • Archer County - 1
  • Armstrong County - 2
  • Atascosa County - 30 (1 Death)
  • Austin County - 19
  • Bailey County - 8
  • Bandera County - 6
  • Bastrop County - 132 (2 Deaths)
  • Bee County - 6
  • Bell County - 248 (3 Deaths)
  • Bexar County - 2,120 (62 Deaths)
  • Blanco County - 6
  • Bosque County - 6
  • Bowie County - 133 (3 Deaths)
  • Brazoria County - 767 (11 Deaths)
  • Brazos County - 325 (18 Deaths)
  • Brewster County - 1
  • Briscoe County - 1
  • Brooks County - 1
  • Brown County - 51 (7 Deaths)
  • Burleson County - 18
  • Burnet County - 28
  • Caldwell County - 36
  • Calhoun County - 36 (3 Deaths)
  • Callahan County - 8 (1 Death)
  • Cameron County - 619 (27 Deaths)
  • Camp County - 24
  • Carson County - 5
  • Cass County - 20
  • Castro County - 27 (1 Death)
  • Chambers County - 53
  • Cherokee County - 34 (1 Death)
  • Childress County - 2
  • Clay County - 3
  • Cochran County - 1
  • Coke County - 1
  • Coleman County - 2
  • Collin County - 1,028 (31 Deaths)
  • Collingsworth County - 4
  • Colorado County - 18
  • Comal County - 70 (6 Deaths)
  • Comanche County - 3 (1 Death)
  • Concho County - 1
  • Cooke County - 13
  • Coryell County - 224 (2 Deaths)
  • Cottle County - 4 (1 Death)
  • Crane County - 2
  • Crosby County - 3 (1 Death)
  • Dallam County - 22
  • Dallas County - 7,455 (176 Deaths)
  • Dawson County - 38 (1 Death)
  • De Witt County - 17 (1 Death)
  • Deaf Smith County - 122 (6 Deaths)
  • Delta County - 1
  • Denton County - 1,069 (28 Deaths)
  • Dickens County - 1
  • Dimmit County - 1
  • Donley County - 26
  • Duval County - 5
  • Eastland County - 5
  • Ector County - 114 (4 Deaths)
  • El Paso County - 1,772 (47 Deaths)
  • Ellis County - 247 (12 Deaths)
  • Erath County - 15 (1 Death)
  • Falls County - 6
  • Fannin County - 25 (2 Death)
  • Fayette County - 29 (2 Death)
  • Fisher County - 1
  • Floyd County - 4
  • Fort Bend County - 1,559 (40 Deaths)
  • Franklin County - 6
  • Freestone County - 7
  • Frio County - 35
  • Gaines County - 5
  • Galveston County - 702 (31 Deaths)
  • Garza County - 4
  • Gillespie County - 4
  • Glasscock County - 1
  • Goliad County - 7
  • Gonzales County - 85 (2 Deaths)
  • Gray County - 93
  • Grayson County - 152
  • Gregg County - 170
  • Grimes County - 65 (1 Death)
  • Guadalupe County - 110
  • Hale County - 44 (4 Deaths)
  • Hamilton County - 7
  • Hansford County - 16 (2 Death)
  • Hardin County - 117 (4 Deaths)
  • Harris County - 9,465 (204 Deaths)
  • Harrison County - 202 (19 Deaths)
  • Hartley County - 9 (2 Deaths)
  • Haskell County - 1
  • Hays County - 219 (3 Death)
  • Hemphill County - 1
  • Henderson County - 48
  • Hidalgo County - 440 (10 Deaths)
  • Hill County - 22 (1 Death)
  • Hockley County - 23 (1 Death)
  • Hood County - 22 (3 Deaths)
  • Hopkins County - 8
  • Houston County - 79
  • Howard County - 6 (1 Death)
  • Hunt County - 66 (3 Deaths)
  • Hutchinson County - 28
  • Jack County - 4
  • Jackson County - 15 (1 Death)
  • Jasper County - 23 (1 Death)
  • Jefferson County - 436 (26 Deaths)
  • Jim Hogg County - 4
  • Jim Wells County - 8
  • Johnson County - 123 (4 Deaths)
  • Jones County - 112
  • Karnes County - 3
  • Kaufman County - 147 (1 Death)
  • Kendall County - 21
  • Kerr County - 10
  • Kimble County - 1
  • Kleberg County - 14 (1 Death)
  • Knox County - 1
  • La Salle County - 4
  • Lamar County - 116 (9 Deaths)
  • Lamb County - 11
  • Lampasas County - 8
  • Lavaca County - 8 (1 Death)
  • Lee County - 6
  • Leon County - 9
  • Liberty County - 75 (3 Death)
  • Limestone County - 15 (1 Death)
  • Lipscomb County - 2
  • Live Oak County - 7
  • Llano County - 3
  • Lubbock County - 619 (50 Deaths)
  • Lynn County - 5 (1 Death)
  • Madison County - 8
  • Marion County - 15
  • Martin County - 3 (1 Death)
  • Mason County - 31
  • Matagorda County - 63 (5 Deaths)
  • Maverick County - 74
  • McCulloch County - 3
  • McLennan County - 98 (4 Deaths)
  • Medina County - 58 (2 Deaths)
  • Midland County - 120 (12 Deaths)
  • Milam County - 24 (1 Death)
  • Mitchell County - 1
  • Montague County - 9 (1 Death)
  • Montgomery County - 798 (18 Deaths)
  • Moore County - 567 (12 Deaths)
  • Morris County - 11
  • Motley County - 1
  • Nacogdoches County - 239 (17 Deaths)
  • Navarro County - 38 (2 Deaths)
  • Newton County - 4
  • Nolan County - 2
  • Nueces County - 234 (3 Deaths)
  • Ochiltree County - 41 (2 Death)
  • Oldham County - 3 (1 Death)
  • Orange County - 87 (2 Death)
  • Palo Pinto County - 9 (2 Death)
  • Panola County - 162 (15 Deaths)
  • Parker County - 57
  • Parmer County - 34
  • Pecos County - 20
  • Polk County - 47
  • Potter County - 2,129 (23 Deaths)
  • Rains County - 2
  • Randall County - 602 (4 Deaths)
  • Red River County - 35
  • Reeves County - 3
  • Refugio County - 3
  • Roberts County - 2
  • Robertson County - 6
  • Rockwall County - 134 (5 Death)
  • Runnels County - 2
  • Rusk County - 42 (1 Death)
  • Sabine County - 3
  • San Augustine County - 22 (1 Death)
  • San Jacinto County - 12
  • San Patricio County - 26
  • Scurry County - 2
  • Shackelford County - 1
  • Shelby County - 175 (5 Deaths)
  • Sherman County - 23
  • Smith County - 189 (3 Deaths)
  • Starr County - 17
  • Stephens County - 2
  • Swisher County - 15
  • Tarrant County - 4,447 (123 Deaths)
  • Taylor County - 217 (6 Deaths)
  • Terry County - 12
  • Titus County - 102 (1 Death)
  • Tom Green County - 61 (1 Death)
  • Travis County - 2,459 (77 Deaths)
  • Trinity County - 11
  • Tyler County - 9
  • Upshur County - 18
  • Uvalde County - 6
  • Val Verde County - 13
  • Van Zandt County - 22 (1 Death)
  • Victoria County - 156 (7 Deaths)
  • Walker County - 423 (26 Deaths)
  • Waller County - 40
  • Washington County - 181 (22 Deaths)
  • Webb County - 477 (18 Deaths)
  • Wharton County - 43
  • Wheeler County - 14
  • Wichita County - 78 (2 Deaths)
  • Wilbarger County - 5
  • Willacy County - 14 (1 Death)
  • Williamson County - 481 (19 Deaths)
  • Wilson County - 36 (5 Deaths)
  • Winkler County - 3
  • Wise County - 36 (2 Deaths)
  • Wood County - 18
  • Yoakum County - 2
  • Young County - 4 (1 Death)
  • Zapata County - 7
  • Zavala County - 9