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Hays County COVID-19 Update October 20

Hays County Local Health Department reports one (1) new COVID-related fatality, an Austin woman in her 90s. The department also reports 51 new lab-confirmed cases, three (3) new hospitalizations, and 76 additional people now considered recovered.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 6,212 with 635 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 296. The number of negative tests is 32,579. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 5,513. The number of probable cases is 764. 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 360 total hospitalizations and eight (8) 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 20 Report

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

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations
6,212 32,579 5,513 296 635 764 64 360 8

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 105 102 207 0
10-19 yrs. 411 294 705 0
20-29 yrs. 1,150 1,163 2,313 0
30-39 yrs. 520 487 1007 0
40-49 yrs. 393 323 716 2
50-59 yrs. 298 276 574 8
60-69 yrs. 200 160 360 7
70-79 yrs. 107 107 214 25
> 80 yrs. 63 53 116 22
Total 3,247 2,965 6,212 64

*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 70 5 62 3
Bear Creek 2 1 1 0
Buda 837 113 716 8
Creedmoor 0 0 0 0
Driftwood 46 15 31 0
Dripping Springs 115 40 74 1
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 1,841 409 1,416 16
Manchaca 9 2 7 0
Maxwell 9 0 9 0
Mountain City 12 5 5 2
Niederwald 32 1 31 0
San Marcos 3,107 40 3,034 33
Uhland 20 0 20 0
Wimberley 111 3 107 1
Woodcreek 1 1 0 0
Total 6,212 635 5,513 64

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 1,414 1,273 2,687 43.3%
Non-Hispanic 633 606 1,239 20.0%
Not Specified 1,200 1,086 2,286 36.8%
Total 3,247 2,965 6,212 100.0%

 

Race Percentage of Cases
American Indian 0.0%
Asian 0.6%
Black 2.3%
Native Hawaiian/

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 61.9%
Not Specified/ Unknown 35.2%

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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