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Hays County COVID-19 Update December 23-28

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

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

Cases

COVID-related Fatalities Total Hospitalizations Current Hospitalizations Cases Removed
10,074 71,585 8,397 2,048 1,553 1,169 124 527 32 14

 

Age Range Female Male Total Fatalities
0-9 yrs. 264 246 510 0
10-19 yrs. 720 606 1,326 0
20-29 yrs. 1,621 1,556 3,177 1
30-39 yrs. 840 753 1,593 0
40-49 yrs. 701 626 1,327 4
50-59 yrs. 495 495 990 11
60-69 yrs. 332 296 628 18
70-79 yrs. 164 157 321 38
> 80 yrs. 129 73 202 52
Total 5,266 4,808 10,074 124

 

 

Area Total Cases Active Cases Recovered Fatalities
Austin 249 51 189 9
Bear Creek 4 0 4 0
Buda 1,661 312 1,334 15
Creedmoor 3 2 1 0
Driftwood 122 28 94 0
Dripping Springs 403 88 310 5
Hays 0 0 0 0
Kyle 3,147 521 2,586 40
Manchaca 17 7 10 0
Maxwell 14 5 9 0
Mountain City 24 5 18 1
Niederwald 50 11 39 0
San Marcos 4,052 468 3,534 50
Uhland 24 1 23 0
Wimberley 302 54 244 4
Woodcreek 2 0 2 0
Total 10,074 1,553 8,397 124

 

Ethnicity Female Male Total Percentage of Cases
Hispanic 2,422 2,199 4,621 45.9%
Non-Hispanic 1,592 1,499 3,091 30.7%
Not Specified 1,252 1,110 2,362 23.5%
Total 5,266 4,808 10,074 100.0%

 

Race Percentage of Cases
American Indian 0.1%
Asian 0.7%
Black 2.6%
Native Hawaiian/

Pacific Islander

0.0%
White 70.2%
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.

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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