Nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the Nacogdoches County total to 250 on Friday while the number of active cases dropped to 73.

An estimated 162 patients have recovered, according to the Nacogdoches County Emergency Management.

Of local residents still battling the virus, eight are hospitalized, according to a state website last updated on Wednesday. One of those hospitalized patients is in ICU.

Of the nine cases reported on Friday, six — a woman in her 50s, a man and two women in their 70s and a man and woman in their 80s — are connected with a long-term care facility. Another, a woman in her 30s, was from a previously reported household. The others were a man in his 20s and a man in his 40s.

One case confirmed Thursday involved a long-term care facility resident in her 70s.

Three cases were reported Tuesday: a woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s who are both live in the city, and a woman in her 80s from a long-term care facility.

Though officials say the call frequency has dropped, a local call center established March 25 has screened more than 2,700 calls. Approximately 1,400 tests for the virus have been administered. Coronavirus-related deaths stood at 15 on Friday.

The call center remains open from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 936-468-4787. A dashboard with local case numbers is available at tinyurl.com/NACCOVID19.

In neighboring counties, the Department of State Health Services reported 188 cases in Shelby County, 28 in San Augustine, 175 in Angelina County, 44 in Cherokee County and 42 in Rusk County.

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