Hays County Local Health Department today reports 155 new cases of COVID-19, along with 55 additional recoveries. That number now includes two persons who were cleared following the release of Monday’s update. Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said the County’s total of lab-confirmed cases is now 1,093. Hays County has 766 active cases. The number of individuals considered recovered is 322. (Note: yesterday’s active cases 666 + today’s new cases 155 – recovered since yesterday 55 = 766 active cases.)
The number of negative tests is 5,065. Schneider is awaiting results on 84 tests*. The County added one new hospitalization bringing the total to 47. Fifteen people are currently hospitalized.
“With Hays County cases increasing daily,” Schneider said, “it’s important to remember that we are still in a global pandemic.”
Warm weather and a sense of cabin fever may play a part in people not continuing to do the things we all need to do to slow the spread of the virus, he added. Schneider said if people want to stop the spread of COVID-19, they should continue doing the things they did before, including wearing masks, staying physically distanced from others and washing their hands often.
“The reason for doing these things and trying to slow the spread is to protect the most vulnerable in our community,” he said.
*Those tested by the Texas Department of Emergency Management on June 14 are not included in this number. Those results will be sent from the state directly to those persons who were tested.
Note: the COVID-19 online Dashboard will be updated once daily.
June 16 Report
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|> 80 yrs.||9||6||15||3|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
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|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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