Texas sets new record for daily coronavirus cases; Hays County has 130 on June 23

Hays County is one of the fastest rising counties in Texas for confirmed coronavirus cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hays County is one of the fastest rising counties in Texas for confirmed coronavirus cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hays County is one of the fastest rising counties in Texas for confirmed coronavirus cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The state’s 254 counties reported 5,489 new coronavirus cases June 23, a record for daily cases since the pandemic began to hit Texas in March, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Hays County had 130 new cases, according to the department, and with 1,599 active cases, follows only Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Fort Bend and Travis counties for the most in the state.

With an estimated 230,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hays County is by far the smallest county as far as population in that group. The other counties listed include the cities of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. Fort Bend County has more than 800,000 residents.

According to the Hays County Local Health Department, the county now has 2,001 confirmed cases on 8,255 tests administered, or 24.24%. Fifteen are hospitalized, and there have been five deaths.

Seven of the last eight days have had more than 100 new cases, and since June 8, 1,500 new cases have been reported, the HCLHD said.


For months, Kyle had the most cases in the county. Now San Marcos has 1,229 confirmed cases, followed by Kyle with 506. Buda has 175 residents that have tested positive, according to the HCLHD

By age, the 20-29 age group has more than 1,100 cases, followed by 30-39 with 282, the HCLHD said.

County Judge Ruben Becerra enacted a face covering policy for residents and visitors when social distancing cannot be maintained, and many local businesses require masks.

“To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled,” Gov. Greg Abbott said during a June 22 press conference.

While testing positivity rates statewide have doubled from 4.5% in late May to nearly 9% now, “closing Texas down again will always be the last option,” Abbott said.

San Marcos has taken the step of closing 13 of its parks again, beginning June 25.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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