Tuesday morning, Grayson County moved into the sad category of Texas counties that had lost someone to COVID-19.


A statement from the GC Health Department team said a Denison man in his 50s went to a Grayson County hospital with the illness. He died there Tuesday morning. Wednesday afternoon, Tyson Foods confirmed that the man had worked at their plant in Sherman.


"We are saddened by the loss of any Tyson team member and sympathize with their family at this difficult time. At Tyson Foods, our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we have put in place a host of protective steps at our facilities that meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidance for preventing COVID-19," said Tyson Foods spokesperson Derek Burleson by email.


In addition to the death, the GCHD reported 34 new cases of the virus in the county bringing the total number of cases to just under 200 at 199.


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 1,887 people have been tested in the county and there are 82 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.


Eighty of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 119 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 44 cases. There have been 42 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 39 cases reported for people in their 30s, and 20 cases for people in their 60s. There were seven cases reported of people in their 70s and 38 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 174 people have dealt with the virus at home and 24 have been hospitalized. There are currently 117 people dealing with the virus at home and four in the hospital. Seventy-six people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 1135 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 43. There have been five cases reported each Van Alstyne and in Pottsboro, three in Bells, two in Gunter, Tioga and Whitesboro, and one each in Whitewright and Sadler.


The statistics show that 13 of those 199 cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 157 were linked to another confirmed case. Twenty-five 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 OVID-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).