Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports six COVID-related fatalities that were reported to the department today; three women from Kyle; two in their 90s and one in her 60s along with three men from San Marcos; one in his 40s, one in his 60s and one in his 90s. These fatalities occurred between December 3-15.
HCLHD also reports 27 new lab-confirmed cases, along with two (2) new hospitalizations and two (2) new hospital discharges. The department also reports 275 new recoveries. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 7,202. The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 8,340 with 1,025 of those considered active*. The number of active cases from the past 21 days is 1,361.
The number of probable cases is 997. 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 60,630. Hays County has had 465 total hospitalizations and 16 people are currently hospitalized.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said Hays County residents should remember that we are still in a global pandemic.
“This virus is actively spreading in our communities,” he said. “By taking safety measures seriously we can slow it down, but it will take all of us working together.”
He added that staying home as much as possible, washing hands, wearing masks and staying away from gatherings of people can help protect Hays County residents, especially the most vulnerable among us.
“It may mean a smaller Christmas celebration and staying home,” Schneider said. “But I believe that is better than spending time in the hospital in the new year.”
December 15 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|8,340||60,630||7,202||1,361||1,025||997||113||465||16||Conducted on Fridays|
|> 80 yrs.||116||67||183||49|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||26.0%|
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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