Grayson County has fourth COVID-19 death

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez announced a fourth death from COVID-19 in the county late Tuesday.

Grayson County announced another death related to COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon. This is the fourth one for the county.

The patient, a Sherman man in his 60s, went to a local hospital in Grayson County and died there Tuesday morning.

"Out of honor and respect for the family, no further personal information will be released," the Grayson County Health Department said in the release about the death.

In addition, GCHD reported five additional positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the total count of cases confirmed in Grayson County to 389.

Tuesday afternoon, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said that while it is true that tests continue to reveal new cases of the virus, those positive results have slowed in recent days. Currently, there are 54 people who are known to have the virus in Grayson County. Fifty-one of them are isolated at home and three are hospitalized.

It is important to note that there still is not wide spread testing in Grayson County. The most recent uptick in positive tests results came from a high number of tests that were performed at local food production companies in the county. Grayson County has yet to receive, Magers said, results from tests that were taken at some area senior care facilities and those tests were taken weeks ago. Grayson County's population is over 100,000 people. So far, 4.762 tests have been reported to Grayson County.

One hundred and sixty-three the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 226 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that there was, on Tuesday, a tie for the most infected age group for those who have been tested between people in their 30s and people in their 40s, with each group having 83 positive cases. There have been 76 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 67 cases for people in their 20s. There were 16 cases reported of people in their 70s and 40 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 349 people have dealt with the virus at home and 38 have been hospitalized. Three hundred and thirty-one people have been released from isolation. Sherman has had the highest number cases with 257 reported confirmations and Denison is next with 77. There have been 11 cases reported in Van Alstyne, nine in Howe, seven in in Pottsboro, five each in Sadler ,Bells, Whitesboro and Whitewright. There were three cases in Collinsville and two each in Gunter, and Tioga.

Twenty-three of the confirmed cases were linked to travel outside of Grayson County. Four of the cases were linked to international travel and 306 were linked to another confirmed case. Fifty-six of the cases were classified as community spread.

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).