County positive rate for COVID-19 remains lower than state

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

The Grayson County Health Department announced there were six newly confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 withinGrayson County Monday evening.Cases announced Monday brought the county’s total active case count to 32, of which five are hospitalized and 26 are isolated at their place of residence.

One is recovering at the Grayson County Jail.

The county’s rate of positive tests for those tested was ranked at 8.13 percent on Sunday. The county’s 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 8.32 and the state’s rolling average was 12.14.

A total of 572 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. Five people have died.

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, 6,963 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 59 tests pending on Tuesday morning.

Two hundred and twenty-five of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 347 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Tuesday there was 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 125 cases. There have been 93 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 113 cases for people in their 20s. There were 19 cases reported of people in their 70s and 56 cases of people in their 60s. There are 33 cases reported of people under 19 and eight cases of people over 80.

The statistics show that Sherman has had the highest number cases with 367 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 111. There have been 20 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 12 in Howe, 11 each in Pottsboro, Whitesboro and Collinsville, nine in Whitewright, six in Sadler, five in Bells, four in Tioga, three in Gunter, 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).