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Hays County COVID-19 Update October 29

Hays County Local Health Department reports one (1) new COVID-related fatality, a Buda man in his 90s. The Health Department also reports 16 new lab-confirmed cases, one (1) new hospitalization, three (3) new hospitalization discharges and 66 additional people now considered recovered.

The total number of individuals considered recovered is 5,685. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 6,119 with 347 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 390.The number of probable cases is 743. 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 35,419. Hays County has had 384 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 29 Report

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

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations
6,119 35,419 5,685 390 347 743 87 384 8

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 103 108 211 0
10-19 yrs. 414 293 707 0
20-29 yrs. 1,108 1,127 2,235 1
30-39 yrs. 507 477 984 0
40-49 yrs. 400 328 728 3
50-59 yrs. 295 271 566 11
60-69 yrs. 197 163 360 9
70-79 yrs. 98 112 210 29
> 80 yrs. 63 55 118 34
Total 3,185 2,934 6,119 87

*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 83 8 67 8
Bear Creek 2 1 1 0
Buda 862 88 762 12
Creedmoor 1 0 1 0
Driftwood 47 8 39 0
Dripping Springs 123 20 100 3
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 1,848 117 1,708 23
Manchaca 8 0 8 0
Maxwell 10 0 10 0
Mountain City 11 2 8 1
Niederwald 30 0 30 0
San Marcos 2,960 90 2,832 38
Uhland 22 1 21 0
Wimberley 111 12 97 2
Woodcreek 1 0 1 0
Total 6,119 347 5,685 87

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 1,452 1,293 2,745 44.9%
Non-Hispanic 692 686 1,378 22.5%
Not Specified 1,041 955 1,996 32.6%
Total 3,185 2,934 6,119 100.0%

 

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

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 63.1%
Not Specified/ Unknown 33.9%

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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