Hays County Local Health Department today reports three new COVID-related fatalities; all three are males from San Marcos. Two of the deceased are a father (in his 70s) and son (in his 50s). The third male was in his 80s. The County now has a total of 10 COVID-related deaths.
The health department reports 77 new cases, four new hospitalizations, two people released from the hospital and 34 additional recoveries. The demographics in today’s update include 66 new cases from the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The department also received about 2,400 negative lab reports from the recent Texas Division of Emergency Management tests sites.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said the County’s total of lab-confirmed cases is 3,193; of those, 2,655 are considered active. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 528. The number of negative tests is 10,294. Schneider is awaiting results on 72 tests. Hays County has had 68 total hospitalizations; 20 people are currently hospitalized.
“Regardless of your age, profession, gender or any other factor, you have the power to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” Schneider said. “We are looking at a virus that may not severely hurt you, but you could pass it along to a loved one or friend who isn’t able to fight the virus.”
He added that there are simple, effective steps we all can take to slow the spread.
“If you don’t need to go out, stay home,” he said. “If you go out, remain distanced from others, wear a mask and wash your hands often. When we work together for the safety of our community, we can make an impact.”
July 6 Report
|Lab Confirmed*||Negative*||Pending**||Recovered||Active||Fatalities||Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations|
*Hays Co. residents tested by TDEM are included in current case counts (positive and negative).
**Pending does not include tests conducted by TDEM where there is no result yet.
|> 80 yrs.||24||19||43||5|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0.0%|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||45.6%|
*Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses. Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.
Note: the COVID-19 online Dashboard is updated once daily.
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 residents.
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