Hays County Local Health Department reports 13 new COVID-19 cases today, up from 222 on Saturday, May 16 (as there were no new cases on Sunday), bringing the total of lab-confirmed cases to 235. The number of those considered recovered is now 152, up from 145.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said 80 cases are currently active. The number of negative tests is at 2,185. He is awaiting results on 211 tests, 94 of which were conducted at nursing homes today.
Total hospitalizations to date for Hays County is 25, with four persons currently hospitalized.
Note that the COVID-19 online Dashboard is updated twice daily, so it may show different numbers than this daily snapshot as of 4 p.m.
COVID-19 Case Update May 18
|Lab Confirmed||Negative||Pending||Recovered||Active Cases||Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations|
|> 80 yrs.||5||4||9|
|No Travel Reported||225|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases|
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 COVID-19.
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. As with 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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