COVID-19 positives continue to slow

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
The Grayson County Health Department continues to track the number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

On Tuesday, Grayson County's number of COVID-19 cases had grown to 342.

The county has now also reported two deaths from the virus. One infant has been reported to have contracted the virus. The five-month-old is said to be recovering at home.

It is important to note that there still is not wide spread testing in Grayson County and there are more than 100,000 people living in the county. Grayson County Office of Emergency Management statistics show that 3,828 people have been tested in the county and there are 88 tests pending.

One hundred and forty of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 202 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that the most infected age group for those who have been tested is people in their 30s with 80 cases. There have been 71 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 67 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 59 cases for people in their 20s. There were 13 cases reported of people in their 70s and 34 cases of people in their 60s. There are 16 cases reported of people under 19 and two cases of people over 80.

The statistics show that 304 people have dealt with the virus at home and 36 have been hospitalized. There are currently 55 people dealing with the virus at home and 13 in the hospital. Two hundred and seventy-two people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 234 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 63. There have been 10 cases reported in Van Alstyne, seven in Howe, five in Pottsboro, four in Bells, Whitesboro and Whitewright. There were three cases each in Collinsville and Sadler, and two each in Gunter, and Tioga.

Fifteen of the confirmed cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 277 were linked to another confirmed case. Forty-six of the cases were classified as community spread.

Fannin County’s health authority has reported 38 cases if COVID-19 and two deaths. The county has a population of 36,000. There have been 600 test conducted. Those diagnosed with the virus included 22 men and 16 women.

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).