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Hays County COVID-19 Update October 15

Hays County Local Health Department reports two (2) new COVID-related fatalities, a San Marcos man in his 70s and an Austin woman in her 90s. The department also reports 24 new lab-confirmed cases, two (2) new hospitalization discharges and 71 additional people now considered recovered.

The total number of individuals considered recovered is 5,294. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 6,134 with 781 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 316.

The number of probable cases is 749. To be more in line with how the test results are being reported by the state health department, HCLHD is now reporting the probable cases separately in our COVID-19 updates. See the full Case Criteria Definitions at the end of this report.

The number of negative tests is 31,279. Hays County has had 355 total hospitalizations and 6 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

October 15 Report

Lab-Confirmed Negative
Tests
Recovered Cases Active Last 21 days Active
All Cases
Probable

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations
6,134 31,279 5,294 316 781 749 59 355 6

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 104 101 205 0
10-19 yrs. 406 290 696 0
20-29 yrs. 1,141 1,153 2,294 0
30-39 yrs. 511 475 986 0
40-49 yrs. 388 323 711 1
50-59 yrs. 294 272 566 7
60-69 yrs. 198 156 354 7
70-79 yrs. 103 105 208 24
> 80 yrs. 61 53 114 20
Total 3,206 2,928 6,134 59

*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
Austin 68 7 59 2
Bear Creek 2 1 1 0
Buda 820 142 670 8
Creedmoor 0 0 0 0
Driftwood 45 15 30 0
Dripping Springs 113 44 68 1
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 1,816 471 1,331 14
Manchaca 9 3 6 0
Maxwell 9 0 9 0
Mountain City 12 5 5 2
Niederwald 32 1 31 0
San Marcos 3,077 81 2,965 31
Uhland 20 4 16 0
Wimberley 110 6 103 1
Woodcreek 1 1 0 0
Total 6,134 781 5,294 59

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 1,392 1,261 2,653 43.2%
Non-Hispanic 619 588 1,207 19.7%
Not Specified 1,195 1,079 2,274 37.1%
Total 3,206 2,928 6,134 100.0%

 

Race Percentage of Cases
American Indian 0.0%
Asian 0.5%
Black 2.3%
Native Hawaiian/

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 61.4%
Not Specified/ Unknown 35.8%

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.

Case Criteria

Confirmed: A case that is laboratory confirmed using a molecular diagnostic test (for example: PCR, Currative RCT-PCR, and Abbott ID Now RCT-PCR)

Probable: A case that:

  • Using a method approved or authorized by the FDA or designated authority, meets presumptive laboratory evidence of
    • Detection of specific antigen (Ag) in a clinical specimen, OR
    • Detection of a specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood indicative of a new or recent infection 
  • AND meets clinical criteria

OR

  • Meets vital records criteria (death certificate lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death) with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.

Clinical criteria:

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s); OR
  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing; OR
  • Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following:
    • Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, or
    • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

 

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