The Grayson County Health Department announced there were three additional positive cases of COVID-19 within Grayson County Thursday evening with 57 tests pending on Friday morning.


The cases announced Thursday brought the county’s total active case count to 72, of which two are hospitalized and 47 are isolated at their place of residence. Twenty-three were recovering at the Grayson County Jail. A total of 550 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. Five people have died.


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, 6,548 tests have been reported to Grayson County.


Two hundred and twelve of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 338 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Monday the most infected age group for those who have been tested was people in their 30s with 122 cases. There have been 119 cases confirmed in people in their 40s, There have been 91 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 108 cases for people in their 20s. There were 19 cases reported of people in their 70s and 54 cases of people in their 60s. There are 30 cases reported of people under 19 and seven cases of people over 80.


The statistics show that Sherman has had the highest number cases with 362 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 103. There have been 16 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 12 in Howe, 11 in Pottsboro, nine each in Whitesboro and Whitewright, eight in Collinsville, six in Sadler, five in Bells, four in Tioga, three in Gunter, and one each in Gordonville and Tom Bean.


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).