Just one day after announcing its first COVID-19 related death, Grayson County announced Wednesday its highest number of cases reported in a single day. Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez announced that 69 additional cases had been confirmed. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 269


Tuesday morning Ortez announced the death of a Denison man in his 50s who 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.


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 2,055 people have been tested in the county and there are 102 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.


One hundred and seven of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 161 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 30s with 61 cases. There have been 60 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 53 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 25 cases for people in their 60s. There were seven cases reported of people in their 70s and 50 cases of people in their 20s. There are 11 cases reported of people under 19 and one case of people over 80.


The statistics show that 241 people have dealt with the virus at home and 26 have been hospitalized. There are currently 184 people dealing with the virus at home and seven in the hospital. Seventy-six people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 185 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 52. There have been six cases reported in Van Alstyne, five in Pottsboro, four in Bells, three in Whitesboro, two in Gunter, Tioga, Whitewright, and Sadler, and one in Collinsville.


The statistics show that 13 of those 268 cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 225 were linked to another confirmed case. Twenty-six 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).