Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports one (1) new COVID-related fatality, a Kyle woman in her 80s. The Health Department also reports 35 new lab-confirmed cases, one (1) hospital discharge and 54 additional people now considered recovered.
The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,124. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 6,833 with 616 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 750.The number of probable cases is 824. 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 44,094. Hays County has had 410 total hospitalizations and nine (9) people are currently hospitalized. According to Epidemiologist Eric Schneider, the coronavirus remains active in Hays County. He reminded residents that everyone should keep doing their part to slow the spread especially during the holiday season.
“We encourage everybody to be safe during the holidays by limiting large family gatherings, washing your hands and wearing a mask,” he said. “These actions are our best defense for limiting the spread of COVID-19.”
November 18 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|6,833||44,094||6,124||750||616||824||93||410||9||Reported on Fridays|
|> 80 yrs.||78||57||135||38|
*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||31.6%|
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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