Thursday evening saw the biggest one-day increase in confirmed case of COVID-19 to date in Grayson County. The county added 18 new confirmations to its list to bring the total to continue to multiply in Grayson County.


As of Friday at 4:30 p.m., the county had reported 78 cases of COVID-19.


It is important to note that there still is not wide spread testing in Grayson County and there are more than 100,000 people living in the county. Grayson County Office of Emergency Management statistics show that 1,201 people have been tested in the county and there are 68 tests pending.


Thirty-two of those cases were reported in women and 46 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that the most infected age group for those who have been tested is people in their 40s with 19 cases. There have been 16 cases confirmed in people in their 50s. There have been 12e cases reported for people in their 30s, and 11 cases for people in their 60s. There were six cases reported of people in their 70s and 11t cases of people in their 20s. There two cases reported of people under 19 and one case of people over 80.


The statistics show that 60 people have dealt with the virus at home and 18 have been hospitalized. There are currently 46 people dealing with the virus at home and six in the hospital. Twenty-six people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 45 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 19. There have been two cases each in Bells, Tioga, Van Alstyne, Howe, and three cases in Pottsboro. Gunter, Sadler and Whitesboro have each had one case confirmed.


The statistics show that 11 of those 58 cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 50 were linked to another confirmed case. Thirteen of the cases were classified as community spread.


A statement from Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center Friday said that facility had successfully performed the transfusion of convalescent plasma for a positive COVID-19 patient. The plasma used is collected from previous COVID-19 patients that are positive with antibodies made to protect and promote an immune response. This is part of a study from Mayo Clinic to assist patient recovery. The possible benefit of this transfusion is to stimulate an immune response and hasten the recovery of a COVID-19 positive patient.


In Fannin County, there have been a total of 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Friday. Those individuals include 12 men and 14 women. The men include the first incarcerated person with proven COVID-19, a 55 year-old inmate in the Fannin County Jail; the first resident of a county nursing home, a 77 year-old veteran at the Clyde Cosper State Veterans Home in Bonham, and the first Fannin County death attributed to COVID-19. This occurred in a 78-year-old Ladonia area resident. Very little information is known about the Ladonia-area fatality but he was not seen, tested or treated at the TMC-Bonham Hospital. Collin County has reported 839 cases, Cooke County has reported 11 cases.


A statment from the GCHD said they are identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed. Any individuals identified as having close contact and having been exposed will be contacted directly by the GCHD.


The GCHD reminds people that if that they have traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has СOVID-19 and have developed fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath within 14 days of that travel, they should call their healthcare provider. To prevent potential spread, they should alert their provider before arriving to the provider’s office or emergency department.


It is important to practice social distancing and follow the Grayson County Health Department’s Isolation or Quarantine Orders. For facilities testing patients, when a positive result is received, they must promptly notify the Grayson County Health Department to ensure proper measures can be taken to limit the spread of the disease. The Grayson County Health Departments (GDHD) 24/7 number for doctors to report positive cases to on a 24/7 basis is 903-821-5027. By law all testing must be reported to (GCHD).


For the most updated Grayson County COVID-19 numbers visit http://www.HeraldDemocrat.com/coronavirus.