Hays County Local Health Department today reports one (1) new COVID-related fatality; a Kyle man in his 70s who was hospitalized at the time of his death. This marks the 29th COVID-related fatality for the county. Epidemiologist Eric Schneider also reported 26 new lab-confirmed cases. two (2) new hospitalizations, three (3) persons released from the hospital, and 69 additional recoveries. The data in this report is for Saturday, Sunday and today as the health department only reports new cases Monday-Friday.
The County’s total of lab-confirmed cases is 4,893; of those, 2,884 are considered active. The number of individuals considered recovered is 1,980. The number of negative tests is 21,684. Schneider is awaiting results on 55 tests.
He added that the department recently received a new batch of lab reports from the state health department for testing performed in Hays County during a series of mobile testing operations. (Note: Individuals are notified of their test results outside this reporting process.)
“The Hays County Local Health Department is only able to report on the cases that are reported to us,” Schneider said. “Given the volume of COVID-19 testing in our county, some delay in reporting is expected.”
County health staff confirmed that the new batch contained 527 positive COVID-19 cases of Hays County residents, which have been integrated into our existing data dashboard. The new data is populated into the correct date of test result, as well as aggregated into the existing gender, age, city and race/ethnicity fields.
Hays County has had 107 total hospitalizations and 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.
August 3 Report
|Lab Confirmed||Negative||Pending||Recovered||Active||Fatalities||Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations|
|> 80 yrs.||35||33||72||9|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||48.4%|
*Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses. Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.
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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