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Hays County COVID-19 Update October 19

Hays County Local Health Department reports two (2) new COVID-related fatalities, a San Marcos woman in her 70s and a Kyle woman in her 40s. The department also reports six (6) new lab-confirmed cases, two (2) new hospitalizations, three (3) new hospitalization discharges and 70 additional people now considered recovered.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 6,161 with 661 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 290. The number of negative tests is 31,805. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 5,437. The number of probable cases is 751. 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.

Hays County has had 357 total hospitalizations and five (5) 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 17-19 Report

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

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations
6,161 31,805 5,437 290 661 751 63 357 5

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 104 101 205 0
10-19 yrs. 406 292 698 0
20-29 yrs. 1,144 1,157 2,301 0
30-39 yrs. 514 479 993 0
40-49 yrs. 389 323 712 2
50-59 yrs. 295 274 569 8
60-69 yrs. 200 158 358 7
70-79 yrs. 104 105 209 25
> 80 yrs. 63 53 116 21
Total 3,219 2,942 6,161 63

*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 69 6 61 2
Bear Creek 2 1 1 0
Buda 825 121 696 8
Creedmoor 0 0 0 0
Driftwood 45 14 31 0
Dripping Springs 113 40 72 1
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 1,822 410 1,396 16
Manchaca 9 2 7 0
Maxwell 9 0 9 0
Mountain City 12 5 5 2
Niederwald 32 1 31 0
San Marcos 3,092 53 3,006 33
Uhland 20 4 16 0
Wimberley 110 3 106 1
Woodcreek 1 1 0 0
Total 6,161 661 5,437 63

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 1,396 1,267 2,663 43.2%
Non-Hispanic 624 591 1,215 19.7%
Not Specified 1,199 1,084 2,283 37.1%
Total 3,219 2,942 6,161 100.0%

 

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

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 61.8%
Not Specified/ Unknown 35.4%

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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