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San Marcos man dies of COVID-19; County tallies 53 recoveries

Monday, August 31, 2020

A San Marcos man in his 80s died from COVID-19, marking the 47th coronavirus-related fatality in Hays County. 

The man had been hospitalized at the time of his death, the Hays County Local Health Department said. 

The county also reported Monday that 53 additional county residents have recovered from COVID-19 alongside 35 new lab-confirmed cases, three hospitalizations and one hospital discharge. 

There are currently 2,329 active COVID-19 cases — 19 fewer than Friday — and there have been 5,396 total cases since the first diagnosis of the virus within Hays County on March 14. 

With the 53 newly reported recoveries, 3,020 Hays County residents have now recovered from the disease.

There are currently 16 county residents hospitalized by the coronavirus following the fluctuation in hospitalizations and discharges. The county has reported 146 total hospitalizations. Some patients hospitalized by COVID-19 are in hospitals outside of Hays County but are included in the county’s numbers if they reside within the county, the local health department said.

The county has received 24,168 negative tests and is awaiting results from 22 tests. There have been 29,586 tests administered in Hays County. 

San Marcos has tallied the most coronavirus cases in the county but saw a decrease Monday with 39 less cases than Friday.  The city currently has 959 active cases and has had 2,650 total cases.

Kyle now has 867 active cases and has had 1,674 total. Buda has recorded 726 total cases and currently has 348 active cases. Dripping Springs has amassed 91 total cases and has 63 active cases. Wimberley has tallied 87 total cases, including 25 active cases. Austin, within Hays County, currently has 28 active cases and has had 53 total cases. Driftwood has recorded 36 total cases and has 16 active cases. Niederwald has had 30 total cases. Uhland has had 19 total cases and has 12 active cases. Mountain City has had 10 total cases and has seven active cases. 

Maxwell has had nine total cases. Manchaca has had nine total cases and has three active cases. Bear Creek and Woodcreek each have had one total case.

The 20-29-age-range has recorded the most COVID-19 cases with 2,085 total cases recorded Monday. 

Nine-hundred-five county residents diagnosed with the disease are between 30-39 years old. Six-hundred-fifty-nine people diagnosed with the coronavirus are 40-49 years old. Five-hundred-six residents fall in the 50-59-year-old age range. Four-hundred-seventy county residents diagnosed with COVID-19 are between 10-19 years old, 310 are 60-69 years old, 183 are 9 years old or younger, 184 are 70-79 years old and 94 are 80 and older.

According to the local health department, 2,821 females and 2,575 males in Hays County have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The county’s ethnic breakdown states that 44.6% of county residents diagnosed with the disease don’t have a specified ethnicity, while 37.1% are Hispanic and 18.3% are non-Hispanic. 

By race, 60.8% of county residents who’ve had COVID-19 are white, 36.8% are unknown or not specified, 2.9% are Black and 0.5% are Asian. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported Monday that there have now been 612,969 Texans diagnosed with COVID-19, there have been 12,536 fatalities and there are 4,203 Texans currently hospitalized by the virus. An estimated 507,499 Texans have recovered from the coronavirus, according to the DSHS.

COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks for most people. The disease, however, can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death, especially for older adults and people with existing health problems.

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