County reports no new cases of COVID-19 Sunday

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

On Sunday, the Grayson County Health Department announced there were no additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported within Grayson County. However, the county still had 52 active cases of the virus.

While reporting by data centers may have been affected by the Fourth of July holiday, on Saturday the county reported three new cases of the virus, 13 cases were reported on Friday, and 23 cases were reported on Thursday accounting for 39 of the current active cases.

The county’s rate of positive tests for those tested was 8.63. The county’s 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 8.34 on Sunday and the state’s rolling average was 13.72 percent. Of the county's 52, 10 were hospitalized and 41 were isolated at their place of residence. One is recovering at the Grayson County Jail. A total of 633 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. More than 576 have recovered and 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, 7,336 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 83 tests pending on Monday morning.

Two hundred and fifty-six of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 377 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Thursday the highest number of cases has been reported in people in their 40s with 137 cases. The second highest reported group is in people in their 30s with 130 cases. There have been 102 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 125 cases for people in their 20s. There were 26 cases reported of people in their 70s and 59 cases of people in their 60s. There are 44 cases reported of people under 19 and ten cases of people over 80.

The county has also released statistics showing the cities where the people who have tested positive have lived in the county. The statistics show that Sherman has had the highest number cases with 395 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 126. There have been 22 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 16 in Collinsville 13 in Whitesboro, 12 each in Howe and Pottsboro; 11 in Whitewright, eight in Sadler, seven in Bells, four each in Tioga and 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).