Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports two COVID-related fatalities; a Buda man in his 70s and a Dripping Springs man in his 70s.
The department also reports 437 new lab-confirmed cases since Dec. 22 along with 28 new hospitalizations and 23 new hospital discharges, as well as 310 additional people now considered recovered. During a routine audit of the data, the HCLHD removed 14 cases from the cumulative total of cases for reasons including incorrect county and duplicates.
Please note: the data now includes 476 positive Curative tests from November/early December that were not reported to the HCLHD in a timely manner. None are in the active cases as they are all more than three weeks old. The current total of lab-confirmed cases for Hays County is 10,074 with 1,553 current active cases. Of those 2,048 were active in the last 21 days. There are 71,585 negative tests overall. The total number of recoveries is 8,397. Hays County has had 527 total COVID-related hospitalizations and 32 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 holiday break: January 1-3.
Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said the virus continues to spread in Hays County. He urges residents to take all possible steps to avoid exposure to COVID-19, including washing hands and wearing masks. In addition, he reminds everyone that gatherings of people outside your household are a primary cause of community spread.
“One of best thing we can do for each other and our community is avoiding parties and getting together in large groups,” he said. “While it may not be as fun to stay home, stopping the spread will help us get back to normal sooner. It can also reduce the number of people who need to be hospitalized.”
December 23-28 Report
|Recovered Cases||Active Last 21 days||Active
|COVID-related Fatalities||Total Hospitalizations||Current Hospitalizations||Cases Removed|
|> 80 yrs.||129||73||202||52|
|Area||Total Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Fatalities|
|Ethnicity||Female||Male||Total||Percentage of Cases|
|Race||Percentage of Cases|
|Not Specified/ Unknown||26.4%|
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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