Grayson County announced Thursday that a second person in the county has died from COVID-19. That brings the COVID-19 death total in the county to two.
Fannin County has also lost two people to the virus.
It is important to note, 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.
The second person who died in Grayson County was reported to be in his 60s and from Howe. He was admitted into a local hospital with the virus and died there.
"Out of honor and respect for the family, no further personal information will be released," Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez said in the email announcing the death.
As of Friday afternoon, Grayson County had reported 275 positive COVID-19 cases.
One hundred and eight of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 167 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 64 cases. There have been 60 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 53 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 28 cases for people in their 60s. There were seven cases reported of people in their 70s and 51 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 246 people have dealt with the virus at home and 27 have been hospitalized. There are currently 178 people dealing with the virus at home and seven in the hospital. Eight-eight people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 187 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 53. There have been seven cases reported in Van Alsytne. Pottsboro and Howe have reported five cases each, and Bells has reported four. Whitesboro has reported three cases, and Collinsville, Gunter, Sadler, Tioga and Whitewright have each reported two cases. Gordonville has reported one case.
The statistics show that 13 of those 275 cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 230 were linked to another confirmed case. Twenty-eight of the cases were classified as community spread.
In Fannin County, there have been a total of 38 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.
Ortez said residents are asked to help prevent the spread of the virus by practicing non pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick), covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing good hand hygiene. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are sick, stay home.