Eight Grayson County residents have been reported to have died COVID-19 related deaths this week. That brings the total number of deaths to 32 according to a report issued by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management.

Unlike previous COVID-19 related deaths in the county since the pandemic began, the Grayson County Health Department did not issue an individual statement about statistical information about any of the most recent deaths. Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez said there has been, for some time now, a difference between the death numbers reported by the state and by the county due to lag in reporting times.

"They have ten days to file death certificates and then it takes a while for those items to be entered into the system," Ortez said Wednesday morning. She said she has yet to receive individual information about those deaths.

On Thursday evening, the GCOEM said the county had 142 active cases of COVID-19 in Grayson County residents. That is down one from the 143 cases that were listed the day before.

So far, 1,577 people have been confirmed to have had the illness in the county since the pandemic began. More than 18,000 people have been tested.

Per the report, the county’s seven-day-positive rate for COVID-19 tests on Thursday was 10.08.

The number of Grayson County residents in the hospital fighting COVID-19 fell to 32 on Thursday from 38 on Wednesday.

The county’s daily report also no longer breaks down which local long term care facilities have active COVID-19 cases in their staff or patients. However, the situation report did say that on August 27, the state was reporting that there were 25 patients at local long term care facilities with COVID-19 and 14 staff members with the illness on the same date. That is down from 33 patients listed the day before by the state.

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