The number of Grayson County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 continued its rise this week. On Wednesday, the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management said there were 26 such people in hospitals in Grayson County.

The report said there are currently 43 people with COVID-19 in Grayson County hospitals.

Wednesday, the county also announced five new test confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

That brought the number of Grayson County people with from the illness in the county to 116. Those numbers also continued the county’s upswing in the 7-day average of positive tests in the County. That average was 10.80 percent by Monday evening and 10.84 on Wednesday evening.

For the first time in weeks, the report also lists one person housed at the Grayson County Jail who has tested positive for virus. There were 74 people listed in the report as having the illness who are isolated at home.

Since the pandemic began, 1,532 people have had test confirmed cases. More than 1,300 people have recovered and there are 81 tests pending. Twenty-four people have died from COVID-19 related illness.

On the bright side, the number of people with the illness at local long-term care facilities held steady at 16 after being as high as 38 over the weekend.

The number of nursing homes currently impacted by the virus also fell. Homestead of Sherman is no longer listed as having active cases. The five that remain on the list of those impacted are Focused Care of Sherman, Crawford Street Place in Denison, Texoma Healthcare in Sherman, Brookdale Willows in Sherman and The Terrace in Denison. In addition to the 16 people in those facilities that have the virus, there are 49 people who are being quarantined after close contact to an infected person.

The number of students in the county fighting the virus held steady at six in the latest report. Nine school districts in the county have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in employees or students. In addition to the six with the virus, 57 more are being quarantined.

In the report released by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management, "in person" is defined as a student who participates in classes on-campus or in-person extracurricular practices or events, and "virtual students" are defined as students who participate in school online and have no in-person contact on their campus.

Those schools with "in person" students or employees with the virus include: Bells Elementary, Collinsville High, Denison High School and Scott Middle School, Pottsboro Elementary, Pottsboro Middle School and Pottsboro High School, S&S High School,Sherman High School and Piner Middle School in Sherman, Van Alstyne High School, Whitesboro High School, Whitewright Elementary, and Whitewright High School.

Sory Elementary in Sherman and Sherman High School have "virtual students" or those who do not come to campus, who have been diagnosed either with the virus or who are quarantined due to the virus.

The county has also released statistics showing the cities where the people who have tested positive recently live. The following cities in the county currently have active cases: Bells, 3; Collinsville, 1; Denison, 25; Gordonville, 2; Gunter, 2; Howe, 4; Pottsboro, 5; Sherman, 60; Tom Bean, 1; Van Alstyne 7; Whitesboro, 2 and Whitewright, 4.

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.

For more coronavirus related news, visit