Hays County Local Health Department today reports 82 – you read that right, 82 – new cases of COVID-19. Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said the County’s total of lab-confirmed cases is now 574. The number of individuals considered recovered is 263, up six (6) from yesterday’s report. Hays County now has 306 active cases.
The number of negative tests is 4,628. Schneider is awaiting results on 61 tests. The County added three (3) new hospitalizations bringing the total to 42. Thirteen persons are currently hospitalized.
“We know today’s COVID-19 numbers are staggering,” Schneider said. “This latest report shows the virus is spreading rapidly in the 20-29-year-old range. That age group accounted for 42 percent of today’s cases.”
He added that simple, yet effective methods can slow the spread: Wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and stay at least six feet apart from others when out and about.
“We also implore everyone to continue to think twice before leaving the house,” he said. “Is whatever you’re doing worth the risk?”
Schneider said by working together, all Hays County residents can slow the spread of the virus.
Note: the COVID-19 online Dashboard will be updated once daily.
You may have seen posts on social media about the County having more than 100 cases today. Here’s the process: When the info about new cases comes into the Health Dept., our team first must verify they are Hays County cases. Then they enter the confirmed cases into a database. Due to the high volume received today, our staff wasn’t able to confirm and process all of the reports received prior to the release of the report. They were able to enter 82 that could be included in the update. Those additional cases will be reported in tomorrow’s batch.
June 11 Report
|Lab Confirmed||Negative||Pending||Recovered||Active||Fatalities||Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations|
|> 80 yrs.||9||6||15||3|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
Percentage of Cases
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0|
*Note: Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses.
Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.
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.
- 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. Hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
- Avoid handshaking and high-fives
- Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you feel sick
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona
- 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.
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