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County reports 10 additional lab-confirmed cases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hays County has had 38 total cases of COVID-19 with 28 active cases, according to new information provided by the county on Tuesday. 

The county stated that it’s received 228 negative tests and has 15 pending tests. Ten patients who have had COVID-19 have made a recovery, while five have been hospitalized with the disease — four of those five are currently in a hospital. 

Thirteen of the patients diagnosed with COVID-19 fall into the 50-59 years old age range. Eight of the patients are 40-49 years old and eight are between 30-39 years old. Five of the patients are 20-29 years old, three are 60-69 years old and one patient is 70-79 years old. 

According to Hays County, seven people who tested positive for the illness had traveled before coming down with symptoms, while 29 have reported no travel history. There are two patients who have not been interviewed as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday. 

A majority of patients with COVID-19 in Hays County have been female, 23, while 15 males have tested positive for the disease. 

San Marcos and Kyle have both seen 12 cases each. Kyle currently has 11 active cases, while San Marcos has nine. Buda has had nine total cases and six are active cases. Austin, within Hays County, has had three total cases and one case is currently active. Dripping Springs has had two total cases with one active case. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear between 2-14 days of exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that people should seek medical attention if they display one or more of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; or bluish lips or face. The CDC recommends calling a doctor’s office or emergency room before going. Those who self-isolate with COVID-19 can leave self-isolation if they haven't had a fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), symptoms have improved and it’s been at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared, according to the CDC.

“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms,” Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said.

This story has been updated since its first publication.

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