The number of COVID-19 related deaths has steady increased in Wharton County, according to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

In its Tuesday Aug. 18 report, it shows that data received from the state had WC with 26 deaths. It was up from 18 when the OEM reported new deaths on Aug. 12.

Of the 26 coronavirus deaths, there are 12 from Wharton, 12 from El Campo, and two from Boling. 

Wharton reported five more deaths and El Campo three.

Earlier this month, the OEM reported 11 deaths on Aug. 5.

On July 28, WC reported seven deaths. It was the first time there were additional COVID-19 deaths since one was reported on June 3.

Wharton County officials will likely speak about the rise in deaths at a regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 24. In the past, Judge Phillip Spenrath has said there is a spike in tests that have been reported to the State of Texas.

However, the state has continued to offer different numbers than WC across various COVID-19 categories, including fatalities, active cases, all-time cases, and recoveries.

An Aug. 20 report from the Texas Department of State Health Services, shows that WC has 37 deaths. WC trails neighboring Matagorda County (34 deaths), Brazoria County (121), and Fort Bend County (204), and is ahead of Lavaca County (27).

According to the OEM, the next scheduled countywide testing is Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Wharton Civic Center. Testing is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration information is not available yet, the county’s OEM said.

As of press time, the City of Wharton’s OEM had not reported registration information either.

Visit the City of Wharton’s website at www.cityofwharton.com to receive an update on mobile testing. The last time mobile testing was held in Wharton was July 27.

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