Much like the rest of Texas, Grayson County's COVID-19 positive test results numbers continued to climb this week. As of Tuesday before 5 p.m., the county had 165 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 1,870 people have been tested in the county and there are 98 tests pending.


Those numbers, however, are likely to climb significantly in the very near future as testing continues in the local nursing homes which have been hot spots in other parts of the state.


Seventy of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 95 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 37 cases. There have been 36 cases confirmed in people in their 50s. There have been 27 cases reported for people in their 30s, and 17 cases for people in their 60s. There were sevencases reported of people in their 70s and 32 cases of people in their 20s. There are eight cases reported of people under 19 and one case of people over 80.


The statistics show that 142 people have dealt with the virus at home and 23 have been hospitalized. There are currently 88 people dealing with the virus at home and four in the hospital. Seventy-three people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 105 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 36. There have been five cases reported in Van Alstyne, four in Pottsboro, three in Bells, two in Gunter, Tioga and Whitesboro, and one each in Whitewright and Sadler.


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.


In Fannin County, there have been a total of 29 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported as of Tuesday. The county has reported two deaths due to COVID-19.


A statement 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).