Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports one new COVID-related fatality; a San Marcos woman in her 80s. The department also reports 91 new lab-confirmed cases along with two (2) new hospitalizations, two (2) new hospital discharges and 54 additional people now considered recovered. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,960.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 7,946 with 879 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 1,188. The number of probable cases is 950. 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 57,048. Hays County has had 452 total hospitalizations and 12 people are currently hospitalized.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said COVID-19 cases in Hays County are increasing, which means the virus is spreading throughout our communities.
“While an uptick was expected after Thanksgiving, it’s important for everyone to continue being vigilant,” he said. “Now is not the time for us to be complacent or to give in to COVID fatigue.”
He added that large gatherings contribute to keeping the virus active and recommended small family events during the holiday season.
December 9 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|7,946||57,048||6,960||1,188||879||950||107||452||12||Conducted on Fridays|
|> 80 yrs.||112||64||176||46|
*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||27.1%|
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.
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