Center hosting free COVID-19 saliva testing on Tuesday, Dec. 8

Shelby County has 10 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday; statewide active cases top 200,000

A free drive throughCOVID-19 testing site conducted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Center at the United Pentecostal Church, 610 Hurst Street, according to Kerri Shofner, Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator.

“The method used for the testing will be a saliva test as opposed to a nasal swab,” Shofner said. “The testing is free to all and no appointment is necessary.

On Monday the Texas Department of State Health Services reported there were 10 active COVIC-19 cases in Shelby County. The figure was up slightly from the eight active cases in the county DSHS reported on Friday, Dec. 4.

To date as of Monday, there have been 609 cumulative coronavirus cases in the county since March with 36 Shelby County deaths attributed to the pandemic. DSHS said there have been 563 recorded victim recoveries for county residents.

Early in December on a statewide basis there was a new one-day record for new reported cases with 15,182 cases reported on Dec. 1. On Monday, DSHS reported 8,712 new confirmed cases in Texas. To date there have been 1,258,214 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Texas since March.

The agency reported 22,627 Texans have died with the cause of death listed as being COVID-19. There were 33 additional pandemic related deaths in the state reported on Monday.

Statewide, the number of active COVID-19 cases topped the 200,000 mark for the first time. DSHS reported 200,050 active cases in Texas.

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