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Hays County COVID-19 Update for April 29

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (April 29, 2020) – The Hays County Local Health Department reports five new COVID-19 lab-confirmed positive cases overnight and today. The total is now 165, with 91 of those affected already recovered and out of quarantine (13 more than yesterday) and 73 current active cases, eight fewer than yesterday. The number of total hospitalizations remains at 15, with five persons currently hospitalized. Six additional negative lab tests were received bringing that total to 1,568.

Note that the COVID-19 online Dashboard is updated twice a day, so may show different numbers than this daily snapshot as of 4 p.m. on April 29:

Lab Confirmed Negative Pending Recovered Active Cases Fatalities Total Hospitalizations
165 1568 17 91 73 1 15
Current Hospitalizations    5
AGE RANGE Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs 2 0 2 0
10-19 yrs 1 3 4 0
20-29 yrs 22 7 29 0
30-39 yrs 24 17 41 0
40-49 yrs 19 7 26 0
50-59 yrs 15 20 35 0
60-69 yrs 12 4 16 0
70-79 yrs 4 4 8 0
> 80 yrs 3 1 4 1
102 63 165
Travel Related 10
No Travel Reported 155
Interview Pending 0
165     
Total Cases Active Cases
Austin 4 1
Bear Creek 1 1
Buda 21 5
Driftwood 2 0
Dripping Springs 6 4
Hays 0 0
Kyle 72 34
Mountain City 0 0
Niederwald 1 1
San Marcos 51 20
Uhland 1 1
Wimberley 6 6
Woodcreek 0 0
Total 165 73

*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. The CDC is now recommending persons visiting grocery stores, pharmacies, etc., wear cloth face masks to help keep from spreading COVID-19 since people who are not experiencing symptoms may be contagious. If you have close, frequent contact with a sick person you should also wear a mask as should the patient if he or she is able to wear one.
  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 www.HaysInformed.com, 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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