Grayson County announces 3rd COVID-19 death

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Grayson County Health Department announces another death from COVID-19

Late Monday, Grayson County announced another person in the county had lost their life to COVID-19.

That brings the number of people lost to the virus in the county to three. As of Monday Grayson County’s number of COVID-19 cases had grown to

The patient, a female resident of Sherman in her 50's, who presented to a local hospital in Grayson County, succumbed to the illness Monday morning. In addition, the Grayson County Health Department also reported seven additional positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the total case count in Grayson County to 384.

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 4,7570 people have been tested in the county and there are 49 tests pending.

One hundred and sixty-one of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 223 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 81 cases confirmed in people in their 40s. There have been 76 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 65 cases for people in their 20s. There were 15 cases reported of people in their 70s and 39 cases of people in their 60s. There are 21 cases reported of people under 19 and four cases of people over 80.

The statistics show that 344 people have dealt with the virus at home and 38 have been hospitalized. There are currently 49 people dealing with the virus at home and four in the hospital. Three hundred and twenty-eight people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 255 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 74. There have been 11 cases reported in Van Alstyne, nine in Howe, and seven in Pottsboro. Sadler, Bells, Whitewright and Whitesboro have reported five cases. There were three cases in Collinsville and two each in Gunter, and Tioga.

Twenty-one of the confirmed cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 298 were linked to another confirmed case. Fifty-four 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 Grayson County Health Department asks that residents help to prevent the spread of the virus by practicing non pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick), covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing good hand hygiene. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Those who are sick are asked to stay home.