GCHD confirms 10 year old has contracted COVID-19

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state. Grayson County's rate for positive COVID-19 tests continued to climb this week. The daily rate topped  nine percent Thursday.

The Grayson County Health Department announced Thursday that a child the age of 10 has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is recuperating at home.

In addition to the child, the GCHD confirmed 30 more positive cases of COVID-19 within Grayson County. Other than the child, newly confirmed patients are in their late teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

"All of the confirmed cases are currently isolated at home," said the statement released by the GCHD. "Fourteen of the newly confirmed cases are from Sherman, five are from Denison, two are from Gunter, two are from Collinsville, two are from Van Alstyne, one is from Pottsboro, one is from Howe, one is from Bells, one is from Whitesboro, one is from Whitewright, and one is from Sadler. Twenty-four of the newly confirmed cases have had close contact with another confirmed case. Seven of the confirmed cases has had no recent history of travel outside of Grayson County and no known contact with a confirmed case. This brings our total active case count to 88, of which eight are hospitalized and 80 are isolated at their place of residence."

The county’s rate of positive tests for those tested recently was 9.05 percent on Thursday which was up from 8.85 percent the day before. The county’s 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 9.03 on Thursday and the state’s rolling average was 16.29 on Thursday which was up from 16.10 percent the day before.

Of the county’s 88 cases, eight were hospitalized and 80 were isolated at their place of residence.

A total of 824 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. More than 729 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, 9,104 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 118 tests pending on Friday morning.

Three hundred and thirty-eight of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 486 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 and in their 30s with 169 cases for each group. There have been 131 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 157 cases for people in their 20s. There were 40 cases reported of people in their 70s and 76 cases of people in their 60s. There are 66 cases reported of people under 19 and 16 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 490 reported confirmations which is up 14 from the day before. Denison is running second at 161 cases, which is up five from the day before. There have been 35 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 21 cases in Whitesboro, 20 each in Whitewright and Collinsville, 18 each in Pottsboro and Howe, ten in Sadler, nine each in Bells and Gunter, five in Tioga, four in Knollwood, two in Southmayd, 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).