Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports one (1) new COVID-related fatality, a Dripping Springs male in his 60s. The Health Department also reports 82 new lab-confirmed cases, 8 new hospitalizations, two (2) new hospital discharges and 65 additional people now considered recovered. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,753.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 7,644 with 785 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 1,113. The number of probable cases is 915. 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 53,442. Hays County has had 445 total hospitalizations and 15 people are currently hospitalized. This week, 30 cases were removed from the cumulative total in an internal data audit by the Health Department.
According to Epidemiologist Ian Harris, the coronavirus is still very active in Hays County.
“We want to keep encouraging the community to practice the recommended safety precautions,” he said. “With the holidays approaching and the year coming to an end, it is important we work together and not get complacent.”
December 4 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|> 80 yrs.||107||63||170||45|
*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||28.3%|
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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