COVID-19 numbers continue to change daily

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Members of the Grayson County Health Department team continued this week to work to track the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Grayson County Jail.

Grayson County announced eight more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.

Those cases brought the number of people who currently have COVID-19 in the county to 100. The total number of people who have been confirmed to contracted the virus since the pandemic started is 481.

Fifty of the active cases are dealing with the illness at home, 46 are in the Grayson County Jail and four are in the hospital. Four people in the county have died from the illness.

It is important to note that there still is not wide spread testing in Grayson County. Grayson County’s population is over 100,000 people. So far, 5,907 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 38 tests pending on Wednesday evening.

The form on the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page that the Herald Democrat has been using to get the break down of COVID-19 cases by age, gender and town, changed Wednesday so the Herald Democrat is unable to provide that information at this time.

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 OVID-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).