Hays County Local Health Department today reports 42 new lab-confirmed cases along with one hospital discharge and 73 additional recoveries.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said he recently received a new batch of lab reports from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 7 from testing performed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) between May 10 and July 26.
“The health department is working to ascertain how that information might impact our reported case numbers, including determining if new cases are those of Hays County residents,” he said. “Numerous individuals from nearby counties attended the TDEM testing sites held in Hays County. Most of the tested individuals should have received their own results directly from the state, not the local health department. It may take several days for our team to cull through the new information, but once we have confirmed the data, we will report any new positive cases in an upcoming COVID-19 update.”
The County’s total of lab-confirmed cases is 4,245; of those, 2,969 are considered active. The number of individuals considered recovered is 1,251. The number of negative tests is 21,207. Schneider is awaiting results on 49 tests.
Hays County has had 98 hospitalizations; 23 people are currently hospitalized. Some patients are in hospitals outside Hays County but are included in our numbers if they reside here. Likewise, an individual from another county who is in a local hospital would be accounted for in their county of residence.
July 28 Report
|Lab Confirmed||Negative||Pending||Recovered||Active||Fatalities||Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations|
|> 80 yrs.||35||33||68||9|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||42.6%|
*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 a day, Monday-Friday. The County will report new cases and full demographic data Monday-Friday; any cases from Saturday and Sunday will be included in Monday’s update.
A COVID-19 Fact Sheet has been added to the County website: https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-fact-sheet/. This document provides a glossary of terms and insight into methods and results calculations. In addition, Schneider said the COVID-19 Dashboard has a new function. By opening up the full dashboard, users can click the top right corner on the main page to find an option to see the stats broken down by each individual city. After selecting “View Cities Dashboard”, use the drop-down menu to search by city.
Hays County officials will soon be announcing details of permanent testing sites in the county.
Schneider reminds 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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