COVID-19 cases continue slow climb in Grayson County

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
The Grayson County Health Department continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the county

As of Sunday, Grayson County’s number of COVID-19 cases had grown to 377. Announcements about new reports are given each day in the late afternoon.

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 4,680 people have been tested in the county and there are 54 tests pending.

One hundred and fifty-seven of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 220 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 83 cases. There have been 80 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 74 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 65 cases for people in their 20s. There were 14 cases reported of people in their 70s and 38 cases of people in their 60s. There are 20 cases reported of people under 19 and three cases of people over 80.

The statistics show that 337 people have dealt with the virus at home and 38 have been hospitalized. There are currently 48 people dealing with the virus at home and nine in the hospital. Three hundred and eighteen people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 251 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 72. There have been 11 cases reported in Van Alstyne, nine in Howe, and six in Pottsboro. Sadler, Bells, Whitewright and Whitesboro have reported five cases. There were three cases in Collinsville and two each in Gunter, and Tioga.

Eighteen of the confirmed cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 285 were linked to another confirmed case. Forty-eight of the cases were classified as community spread.

Fannin County’s health authority has reported 47 cases if COVID-19 and four deaths. The county has a population of 36,000.

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).

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