Grayson County announced a fifth death due to COVID-19 Thursday evening.
A statement from the Grayson County Health Department said the man who died on Thursday morning at an area hospital was in his 70s.
GCHD also announced 10 new confirmed cases of the virus in the county on Thursday.
The total number of people who have been confirmed to contracted the virus since the pandemic started is 491. Forty-eight of the active cases are dealing with the illness at home, 46 are in the Grayson County Jail and three 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, 5,907 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 38 tests pending on Wednesday evening.
One hundred and ninety-one of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 300 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Thursday the most infected age group for those who have been tested was people in their 30s with 111 cases. There have been 106 cases confirmed in people in their 40s, There have been 83 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 90 cases for people in their 20s. There were 19 cases reported of people in their 70s and 51 cases of people in their 60s. There are 26 cases reported of people under 19 and five cases of people over 80.
The statistics show that Sherman has had the highest number cases with 333 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 88. There have been 13 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 12 in Howe, eight each in Pottsboro and Collinsville, five each in Sadler and Bells, six each in Whitesboro, and seven in Whitewright. There were three in Gunter, two in Tioga and one in Gordonville.
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).