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Hays County COVID-19 Update December 18

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

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

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations Cases Removed
8,759 63,990 7,378 1,757 1,262 1,035 119 479 19 32

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 211 196 407 0
10-19 yrs. 629 509 1,138 0
20-29 yrs. 1,403 1,392 2,795 1
30-39 yrs. 722 665 1,387 0
40-49 yrs. 607 536 1,143 4
50-59 yrs. 440 432 872 11
60-69 yrs. 289 260 549 17
70-79 yrs. 144 138 282 36
> 80 yrs. 119 67 186 50
Total 4,564 4,195 8,759 119

 

Area Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Fatalities
Austin 222 69 144 9
Bear Creek 4 1 3 0
Buda 1,483 252 1,217 14
Creedmoor 2 2 0 0
Driftwood 106 23 83 0
Dripping Springs 358 91 263 4
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 2,872 455 2,378 39
Manchaca 12 3 9 0
Maxwell 12 3 9 0
Mountain City 20 2 17 1
Niederwald 45 10 35 0
San Marcos 3,423 331 3,044 48
Uhland 24 1 23 0
Wimberley 174 19 151 4
Woodcreek 2 0 2 0
Total 8,759 1,262 7,378 119

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 2,138 1,966 4,104 46.9%
Non-Hispanic 1,392 1,302 2,694 30.8%
Not Specified 1,034 927 1,961 22.4%
Total 4,564 4,195 8,759 100.0%

 

Race Percentage of Cases
American Indian 0.0%
Asian 0.7%
Black 2.4%
Native Hawaiian/

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 71.6%
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.

A COVID-19 Fact Sheet is on the County website: https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-fact-sheet/. 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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