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Hays County COVID-19 Update for April 5

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (April 5, 2020) – The Hays County Local Health Department reports four additional lab-confirmed positive cases overnight and today.

As of April 5, 2020, at 4 p.m. (note that the COVID-19 online Dashboard is updated twice a day, so may show different numbers than this daily snapshot):

Lab Confirmed Negative Pending Recovered Active Cases Total Hospitalizations
54 338 12 13 41 7
Current Hospitalizations   2
AGE RANGE Female Male Total  
0-9 yrs 0 0 0
10-19 yrs 0 1 1
20-29 yrs 6 1 7
30-39 yrs 8 3 11
40-49 yrs 6 4 10
50-59 yrs 7 9 16
60-69 yrs 5 0 5
70-79 yrs 2 2 4
> 80 yrs 0 0 0
  34 20 54
Travel Related 8
No Travel Reported 46
Interview Pending 0
Total Cases Active Cases
Austin* 3 1
Buda 10 6
Driftwood 0 0
Dripping Springs 2 1
Kyle 20 18
San Marcos 18 14
Wimberley 1 1
Woodcreek 0 0
Total 54 41

*Note: Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses

Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.

Prevention Tips:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
  2. Avoid handshaking and high-fives
  3. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Stay home when you feel sick
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
  7. Face masks are not considered an effective way to prevent someone from catching a virus unless you have close, frequent contact with a sick person; however, they are an option for sick people to use to keep from spreading the virus.
  8. Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
  9. Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.


Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminded residents to rely on qualified information sources for additional information such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control which offers information in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. The County’s COVID-19 info is here, and as in any emergency situation, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many City websites also have information for their residents.

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