Grayson County’s COVID-19 positive rate is up

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

As the current COVID-19 case surge continues to affect Texas and many areas around the nation, Grayson County’s positive test rate continues to remain relatively low. As of Wednesday, the rate was at 9.09 percent, and the county’s 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 8.77.

The state’s rolling average was 13.71 percent.

Of the county’s 63 cases, eight were hospitalized and 54 were isolated at their place of residence. One is recovering at the Grayson County Jail. A total of 695 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. More than 625 have recovered and seven 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, 7,642 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 66 tests pending on Wednesday morning.

Two hundred and eighty-three of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 427 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Wednesday the highest number of cases has been reported in people in their 40s with 149 cases. The second highest reported group is in people in their 30s with 146 cases. There have been 110 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 135 cases for people in their 20s. There were 29 cases reported of people in their 70s and 64 cases of people in their 60s. There are 50 cases reported of people under 19 and 12 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 428 reported confirmations. It should be noted that the Grayson County Jail is in Sherman. Denison is next with 133. There have been 26 cases reported in Van Alstyne,18 in Whitewright, 17 in Collinsville, 15 in Pottsboro, 14 in Howe, 13 in Whitesboro, eight each in Sadler and Bells, six in Gunter, four 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).