HD announces 10 new COVID-19 cases at local long term care facility

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Christian Drosten, director of the institute for virology of Berlin's Charite hospital stands next to a centrifuge after an interview with the Associated Press on his researches on the coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

Between Friday and Monday, the Grayson County Health Department announced 24 new cases of the virus. Ten are listed as being at a local long term care facility.

While the county did not release the name or location of that facility, COVID-19 testing at area nursing homes has been going on for months.

Back in May, the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management announced that the National Guard would be coming in to help testing all residents at area nursing homes, and testing would be repeated periodically to make sure the area’s most vulnerable populations were safe guarded.

Friday evening, three new cases were announced; Saturday five new cases; and Sunday, 16 new case of the virus were announced.

That case brought the county’s number of active cases to 81 on Monday morning.

Fourteen of those people are hospitalized and 57 are weathering the illness at home.

The county’s rate of positive tests for those tested recently was 9.51 percent of those tested on Sunday which was up from 9.36 percent on Friday.

The county’s 7-day rolling average for positive tests was 9.36 percent on Sunday and the state’s rolling average was 14.10 on Sunday. A total of 939 people have tested positive for the virus in Grayson County since the pandemic began. More than 850 have recovered and eight 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, 9,875 tests have been reported to Grayson County. There were 69 tests pending on Monday morning.

Four hundred and sixy of the positive cases in Grayson County were reported in women and 533 in men. Statistics provided by the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management show that on Sunday the highest number of cases has been reported in people in their 30s with 190 cases and in their 40s with 188 cases. There have been 153 cases reported for people in their 50s, and 166 cases for people in their 20s. There were 44 cases reported of people in their 70s and 88 cases of people in their 60s. There are 83 cases reported of people under 19 and 27 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 548 reported confirmations. Denison is running second at 184 cases. There have been 47 cases reported in Van Alstyne, 26 cases in Whitewright, 23 cases in Whitesboro, 22 cases in Howe, 21 cases each in Collinsville and Pottsboro; 12 in Gunter, 11 in Sadler, ten in Bells, five in Tioga, four in Knollwood, two each in Southmayd and Gordonville and one in 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).