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An 87-year-old man has become the 17th Lamar County resident to lose his life against Covid-19, according to the Paris-Lamar County Health District. An additional 15 cases also were reported today.

Comprising the 15 are eight PCR results, including five women ages 54, 79, 82, 84 and 88, and three men ages 55, 57 and 59. Five positive antigen results include four men ages 44 (two), 48 and 51, and a 32-year-old woman, and two antibody tests for men ages 50 and 58, the health district data shows.

Lamar County's total case count since testing began in March is now 640, of which 633 cases are community spread. With 462 cases recovered, 25 antibody tests and 17 deaths, there remains 136 active cases in the county, according to the health district. 

Cases by age and gender include:

  • 0-9: 7 males, 8 females
  • 10-19: 11 males, 24 females
  • 20-29: 51 males, 81 females
  • 30-39: 37 males, 67 females
  • 40-49: 25 males, 64 females
  • 50-59: 57 males, 53 females
  • 60-69: 30 males, 38 females
  • 70-79: 13 males, 33 females
  • 80-plus: 13 males, 28 females

The largest majority of cases, 65.67% are inside Paris city limits, with another 19.26% just outside Paris city limits, the data shows. 

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6960 or

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Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News and the editor of Paris Life Magazine. He resides in Paris with his wife, Krystle, and their three children, Charlie, Annalise and Willow.

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