Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports 103 new lab-confirmed cases along with one (1) new hospitalization and four (4) new hospital discharges. No additional people are considered recovered since Wednesday’s update. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,960.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 8,049 with 982 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 1,256. The number of probable cases is 958. The number of negative tests is 57,909. Hays County has had 453 total hospitalizations and nine (9) people are currently hospitalized. Texas Department of State Health Services reports the hospitalization rates across the state, which can be found here: https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/0d8bdf9be927459d9cb11b9eaef6101f
Epidemiologist Ian Harris said the increase of COVID-19 cases in Hays County, while expected after Thanksgiving, means the virus is still actively spreading throughout the county.
“Even though we may be fatigued from coronavirus, we can’t let our guard down,” he said. “We need to continue doing everything we can to protect each other and slow the spread.”
He recommends making this year’s holiday plans centered around small gatherings or, preferably, virtual celebrations.
December 10 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|8,049||57,909||6,960||1,256||982||958||107||453||9||Conducted on Fridays|
|> 80 yrs.||114||64||178||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||26.9%|
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.
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