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Hays County COVID-19 Update December 14

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

Lab-Confirmed Negative
Tests
Recovered Cases Active Last 21 days Active
All Cases
Probable

Cases

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

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 194 186 380 0
10-19 yrs. 599 468 1,067 0
20-29 yrs. 1,338 1,333 2,671 1
30-39 yrs. 677 627 1,304 0
40-49 yrs. 575 505 1,080 3
50-59 yrs. 419 409 828 11
60-69 yrs. 275 247 522 12
70-79 yrs. 142 136 278 34
> 80 yrs. 116 67 183 46
Total 4,335 3,978 8,313 107

*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
Austin 207 88 110 9
Bear Creek 4 1 3 0
Buda 1,403 300 1,089 14
Creedmoor 3 2 1 0
Driftwood 99 34 65 0
Dripping Springs 330 118 208 4
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 2,698 450 2,214 34
Manchaca 11 3 8 0
Maxwell 9 0 9 0
Mountain City 19 3 15 1
Niederwald 41 8 33 0
San Marcos 3,300 245 3,013 42
Uhland 23 0 23 0
Wimberley 164 27 134 3
Woodcreek 2 0 2 0
Total 8,313 1,279 6,927 107

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 2,007 1,838 3,845 46.3%
Non-Hispanic 1,295 1,210 2,505 30.1%
Not Specified 1,033 930 1,963 23.6%
Total 4,335 3,978 8,313 100.0%

 

Race Percentage of Cases
American Indian 0.0%
Asian 0.8%
Black 2.4%
Native Hawaiian/

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 70.7%
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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