Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports 222 new lab-confirmed cases since Friday’s report, along with nine (9) new hospitalizations and no new hospital discharges. There are no recovered cases in today’s report, but that number will be available in tomorrow’s update. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 6,927.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 8,313 with 1,279 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from just the past 21 days is 1,416. The number of probable cases is 975. 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 60,343. Hays County has had 463 total hospitalizations and 16 people are currently hospitalized.
According to Epidemiologist Ian Harris, the coronavirus is still very active in Hays County.
“Hays County hospitalizations are ticking upward,” said Epidemiologist Ian Harris. “We expected the numbers to increase after Thanksgiving, but we all need to do our part to get a handle on this virus especially with the Christmas holidays almost upon us.
He urges all Hays County residents to keep taking all the same safety precautions, including staying home as much as possible, washing hands, wearing masks and staying away from gatherings of people.
“Our holidays may look a little different this year,” Harris said. “But by taking steps now, we can attempt to avoid a similar increase after the new year.”
December 14 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|8,313||60,343||6,927||1,416||1,279||975||107||463||16||Conducted on Fridays|
|> 80 yrs.||116||67||183||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||26.1%|
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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