Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports 78 new lab-confirmed cases, seven (7) new hospitalizations, three (3) hospital discharges and 44 additional people now considered recovered. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,070.
The cumulative total of lab-confirmed cases is 6,798 with 636 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 738.The number of probable cases is 818. HCLHD reports probable cases separately in our COVID-19 updates. See the full Case Criteria Definitions on our website.
The number of negative tests is 43,520. Hays County has had 410 total hospitalizations and 10 people are currently hospitalized. According to Epidemiologist Greggory Drew, the coronavirus is still very active in Hays County. He reminded residents that safety precautions remain in place and everyone should keep doing their part to slow the spread.
“We hope everyone will remember that hand washing, wearing masks and social distancing are very effective at protecting the most vulnerable in our communities,” he said. “We do these things for each other, not for ourselves.”
November 17 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|6,798||43,520||6,070||738||636||818||92||410||10||Reported on Fridays|
|> 80 yrs.||78||57||135||37|
*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|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||31.7%|
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.
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