Grayson County rounded out the week with a continual climb in the number of COVID-19 cases Friday. By Friday afternoon, the county had reported 129 such cases.


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 1,557 people have been tested in the county and there are 52 tests pending.


Those numbers, however, are likely to climb significantly in the very near future because both Tyson and Ruiz foods are said to be planning site-wide testing this week.


Fifty-four of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 75 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 50s with 31 cases. There have been 30 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 23 cases reported for people in their 30s, and 13 cases for people in their 60s. There were six cases reported of people in their 70s and 21 cases of people in their 20s. There are four cases reported of people under 19 and one case of people over 80.


The statistics show that 107 people have dealt with the virus at home and 22 have been hospitalized. There are currently 63 people dealing with the virus at home and six in the hospital. Sixty people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 83 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 26. There have been two cases each in Bells, Tioga, Gunter, Howe and Whitesboro. Pottsboro has reported four cases and Van Alstyne has reported five cases. Sadler has had one case confirmed.


The statistics show that 12 of those 129 cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 90 were linked to another confirmed case. Twenty of the cases were classified as community spread.


In Fannin County, there have been a total of 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported on Friday. The county has reported one death due to COVID-19.


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).