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Hays County COVID-19 Update October 26

Hays County Local Health Department reports 66 new lab-confirmed cases since Friday’s report, four (4) new hospitalizations, two (2) hospital discharges and 71 additional people now considered recovered.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 6,353 with 505 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 316. The number of negative tests is 34,559. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 5,762. The number of probable cases is 773. 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 370 total hospitalizations and 11 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 24-26 Report

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

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations
6,353 34,559 5,762 316 505 773 86 370 11

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 109 106 215 0
10-19 yrs. 419 302 721 0
20-29 yrs. 1,157 1,173 2,330 1
30-39 yrs. 533 499 1,032 0
40-49 yrs. 412 336 748 3
50-59 yrs. 307 283 590 11
60-69 yrs. 201 168 369 9
70-79 yrs. 109 113 222 29
> 80 yrs. 68 58 126 33
Total 3,315 3,038 6,353 86

*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 78 5 65 8
Bear Creek 2 1 1 0
Buda 877 103 763 11
Creedmoor 0 0 0 0
Driftwood 48 15 33 0
Dripping Springs 118 31 84 3
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 1,896 303 1,570 23
Manchaca 9 2 7 0
Maxwell 9 0 9 0
Mountain City 13 6 6 1
Niederwald 32 1 31 0
San Marcos 3,132 32 3,062 38
Uhland 21 1 20 0
Wimberley 117 4 111 2
Woodcreek 1 1 0 0
Total 6,353 505 5,762 86

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 1,452 1,309 2,761 43.46%
Non-Hispanic 655 634 1,289 20.29%
Not Specified 1,208 1,095 2,303 36.25%
Total 3,315 3,038 6,353 100.00%

 

Race Percentage of Cases
American Indian 0.0%
Asian 0.6%
Black 2.4%
Native Hawaiian/

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 62.9%
Not Specified/ Unknown 34.1%

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.

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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