AUSTIN, Texas — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, many Central Texas counties are starting to report the number of cases confirmed within their lines.
Here's a list of all county-reported cases so far:
Bastrop County announced its first death due to COVID-19 on April 6. The individual was a 58-year-old male from Elgin, officials said. Another death from COVID-19 was reported on April 17, a 56-year-old man from an unincorporated area of Bastrop County.
Blanco County reported its eighth confirmed case on May 22. The County believes 10 other cases are likely as of May 22. Of the confirmed cases, six have recovered.
Its first case was reported on March 23, a female resident of Blanco County in her 60s.
The second case was a male resident of Blanco County. The case is travel-related as he traveled outside of the county to help an ill family member. The patient traveled through the city of Blanco before reporting his symptoms. He is currently self-quarantined at home.
Anyone in Blanco County wishing to be tested for COVID-19 is asked to visit BlancoCOVIDTest.org.
Burnet County confirmed its 34th case of COVID-19 on May 28. At least 26 of those have recovered as of May 28. On May 28, County Judge James Oakley announced the county's first COVID-19 related death. Its first positive case was confirmed on March 22, second on March 28, third on March 29, fourth on April 5 and fifth on April 7.
The first case was confirmed as a result of a drive-thru test at the Baylor Scott & White hospital in Marble Falls.
On April 29, officials said one of the cases resulted in hospitalization.
Caldwell County is reporting 57 cases of COVID-19 as of May 28.
As of May 22, 39 cases are active while one is hospitalized and 10 have recovered.
All of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Fayette County has confirmed 33 cases of COVID-19 as of May 23, with 18 of those active.
The county has had two deaths, with the first reported on April 23.
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Gillespie County has reported five confirmed cases. Five people have recovered. No active cases have been reported since May 19.
The third case announced on May 1 experienced minor symptoms. This case is associated with the individual having close contact with another positive patient.
Prior to these cases, two cases were reported in error due to independent lab errors.
As of May 28, Hays County has had 314 lab-confirmed cases. Of those, 146 remain active with 165 recoveries now reported.
The county has had three COVID-19 deaths, the first was a woman in her 80s who had been living with a relative in Buda. The second death was announced on May 8, a Wimberley resident in their 90s. The third death was a San Marcos resident in their 60s (officials did not release the person's gender).
As of May 28, the Hays County Local Health Department has received 3,714 negative test results.
Hays County officials announced on March 31 it had launched an online dashboard online which keeps track of the county's COVID-19 numbers. The online tool, along with other important information about the response to the COVID-19 crisis, is available here: www.sanmarcostx.gov/covid19info. County residents may visit https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-information-for-hays-county-residents/.
For more information on the previously reported Hays County cases, click here.
Lee County reported its 21st positive case on May 21, but five have been reported as recovered. There has been one reported death as of May 28.
Officials said on April 3 that the first individual was a woman who lives in the Lexington area code and the second individual was being investigated by the Texas Department of Human Health Services.
As of May 25, Llano County has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 that have all reportedly recovered.
One patient is a male in his 60s who lives in the Horseshoe Bay area. His case is said to be travel-related and he self-quarantined immediately upon returning from his trip. A relative of that man was also diagnosed with COVID-19 and went on the same trip with him.
As of May 18, Mason County has 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 26 have recovered.
On April 28, the Department of State Health Services reported Mason County had five confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. A day later, the county reported those numbers spiked due to recent "mass testing."
As of May 28, Austin-Travis County is reporting 3,124 cases of COVID-19, with 92 deaths. At least 1,114 people have recovered.
On May 5, Austin Public Health said more than half of Travis County's deaths have been from nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
These cases have risen steadily since March 13, when the first two cases were reported. Since then, multiple drive-thru testing sites have opened in the area.
For an age breakdown of those cases, see the Austin-Travis County online dashboard.
As of May 28, Williamson County officials confirmed there have been 23 deaths in the county due to COVID-19. There have been a total of 588 confirmed cases in the county. Currently, 15 people in the county are hospitalized with the virus. A total of 345 recoveries have been reported. At least 221 cases are still active.
Two deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on May 12, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s. On May 14, officials said a man and woman in their 90s, and a woman more than 100 years old, died as a result of the virus.
A woman in her 90s marked the county's 14th COVID-19 death. Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. Williamson County officials said they are unable to release any additional patient information.
Investigations conducted by the Williamson County and Cities Health District will identify potential contacts exposed to the virus and provide close contacts with guidance, as well as monitor them for the development of symptoms.
For more information about these cases, click here.
KVUE compiled COVID-19 hotline numbers for numerous counties, as well. Here is a running list of those phone numbers:
- Travis County: 512-978-8775
- Hays County: 512-393-5525
- Williamson County: 512-943-1600
- Bastrop County: 512-303-4300
According to the CDC, symptoms of the coronavirus, which could occur two to 14 days after exposure, include:
- shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, the CDC advises you to get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Currently, coronavirus testing is limited. Call your doctor if you believe you have symptoms.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through:
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
Lower your risk:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
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