Grayson County reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Grayson County Health Department announces 16 additional cases of COVID-19 in the county

The Grayson County Office of Emergency Management announced an additional 16 cases of COVID-19 that were confirmed in the county on Tuesday. At the same time, the county announced 46 COVID-19 recoveries.

That brought the number of people currently fighting the illness in the county to 81. The total number of people who have been confirmed to contracted the virus since the pandemic started is 537.

Fifty-five of the active cases are dealing with the illness at home, 23 are in the Grayson County Jail and three are in the hospital.

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, 6,365 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 40 tests pending on Tuesday.

Two hundred and five of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 332 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Monday the most infected age group for those who have been tested was people in their 30s with 119 cases. There have been 117 cases confirmed in people in their 40s, There have been 88 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 105 cases for people in their 20s. There were 19 cases reported of people in their 70s and 51 cases of people in their 60s. There are 30 cases reported of people under 19 and seven cases of people over 80. Five people in the county have died from the illness.

The statistics show that Sherman has had the highest number cases with 357 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 99. There have been 16 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 12 in Howe, nine each in Pottsboro, Whitesboro and Whitewright, eight in Collinsville, six in Sadler, five in Bells, three in Gunter, two in Tioga and one each in Gordonville and Tom Bean.

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).