Hays County Local Health Department reports 14 new lab-confirmed cases, one (1) new hospitalization and two (2) hospital discharges. The health department also reports 71 additional people now considered recovered.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 5,832 with 1,577 of those considered active*. The number of individuals considered recovered is 4,201. The number of negative tests is 26,377. The Health Department is not awaiting results on any tests.
Hays County has had 341 total hospitalizations and 22 people are currently hospitalized. Please see the statement below about COVID-19 hospitalizations:
The Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) receives information from medical providers, hospitals, laboratories and other entities regarding COVID-19 cases including new cases, active cases, recoveries, fatalities and hospitalizations. The HCLD then releases that information to the public via regular updates.
Recently, the HCLHD received reports of hospitalizations that were not previously provided. Following an internal audit along with detailed reviews of the information flow process with providers, we have confirmed that 160 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized but not provided to the health department. Therefore, those hospitalization cases were not included in the daily updates issued by the health department.
The numbers will now be reflected in the total number of hospital cases reported. On the COVID-19 dashboard, the graphics for cases over time are being updated but that is a longer process so those will not be updated when you view the dashboard. Once that is complete, we will let everyone know.
Moving forward, the HCLHD will continue to collaborate with all reporting entities to ensure all COVID-19 cases, and other infectious diseases, are accurately reported to the health department in a timely manner.
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.
September 24 Report
|Lab Confirmed||Negative||Pending||Recovered||Active||Fatalities||Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations|
|> 80 yrs.||55||49||104||18|
*The Hays County Local Health Department contacts and follows up with every person who tests positive for COVID-19 to ensure they, or other household contacts, are not still contagious before moving them into the “Recovered” category. HCLHD does not clear people based on a calendar, because some individuals can be symptomatic and contagious for many weeks. Also, if a person has multiple family members who are household contacts, it is possible for the virus to last in that household for a period of months until everyone is symptom free.
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||37.1%|
NOTE: 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 is on the County website: https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-fact-sheet/. The COVID-19 Dashboard has the option to see the stats broken down by individual cities. After selecting “View Cities Dashboard”, use the drop-down menu to search by city. 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 local municipality websites also have information. Several local school districts also have their own COVID-19 dashboards as does Texas State University.
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