Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports three COVID-related fatalities; a Kyle woman in her 90s, a San Marcos man in his 60s and a San Marcos woman in her 60s.
The department also reports 71 new lab-confirmed cases, seven (7) new hospitalizations and three (3) new hospital discharges, along with 63 additional people now considered recovered. The HCLHD removed 32 cases from the cumulative total due to issues such as incorrect county or duplicate record.
Total lab-confirmed cases for Hays County is 8,759 with 1,262 current active cases. Of those 1,757 were active in the last 21 days. There are 63,990 negative tests overall. The total number of recoveries is 7,378. Hays County has had 479 total COVID-related hospitalizations and 19 people are currently hospitalized.
Please note – the HCLHD will not be reporting COVID case updates during the time Hays County is closed over the upcoming holidays: December 23-27 and January 1-3.
Epidemiologist Ian Harris said Hays County residents should take every precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“While we may not like it, this year’s holiday season will look different for many of us,” he said. “The best way to stop spreading the virus is to limit our exposure to others outside our household. That might mean not traveling, staying home and having small family gatherings instead of large family events.”
He added that continuing to wash our hands and wear masks, as well as distancing ourselves in public places are still key factors in limiting the opportunity to spread COVID-19.
December 18 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|> 80 yrs.||119||67||186||50|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||25.3%|
NOTE: Some Hays County residents have Austin addresses. Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.
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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