10 new cases of COVID announced in the GC

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
The Grayson County Health Department continues to track COVID 19 cases in the county

The Grayson County Health Department announced there were 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Grayson County Wednesday evening.

The announcement said the patients are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

All 10 newly confirmed cases are currently isolated at home. Four of the newly confirmed cases are from Sherman, two are from Denison, two are from Pottsboro and two are from Tioga. Four of the newly confirmed cases have had close contact with another confirmed case.

Five cases had no known contact with another confirmed case or a recent history of travel outside of Grayson County. One case had recently traveled outside of Grayson County, but had no known contact with any confirmed case,” the statement said.

The cases announced Wednesday brought the county’s total active case count to 75, of which three are hospitalized and 72 are isolated at their place of residence. A total of 547 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. State wide, 125,921 cases have been confirmed and there were, on Wednesday, 50,774 active cases in the state with 4,389 of those hospitalized.

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 morning.

Two hundred and twelve of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 335 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 121 cases. There have been 118 cases confirmed in people in their 40s, There have been 91 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 108 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 361 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 101. There have been 16 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 12 in Howe, 13 in Pottsboro, nine each in 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).