Grayson County announced another increase in the number of active cases of COVID-19 late Wednesday. There were 14 new cases announced that evening.


Those cases bring the number of people to have been infected in the county with the virus to 403. There are now 58 active cases in the county. Fifty-four of them are isolated at home and four are in the hospital.


It is important to note that there still is not wide spread testing in Grayson County. Grayson County’s population is over 100,000 people. So far, 4,986 tests have been reported to Grayson County.


One hundred and sixty-eight of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 235 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that there was, on Wednesday, a tie for the most infected age group for those who have been tested between people in their 30s and people in their 40s, with each group having 83 positive cases. There have been 76 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 67 cases for people in their 20s. There were 15 cases reported of people in their 70s and 40 cases of people in their 60s. There are 21 cases reported of people under 19 and four cases of people over 80.


The statistics show that 363 people have dealt with the virus at home and 38 have been hospitalized. Three hundred and forty--one people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 265 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 77. There have been 11 cases reported in Van Alstyne, ten in Howe, seven in Pottsboro, eight cases in Collinsville, five each in Sadler, Bells, Whitesboro and Whitewright. There were two each in Gunter, and Tioga.


Twenty-three of the confirmed cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 317 were linked to another confirmed case. Fifty-nine of the cases were classified as community spread.


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).