Hays County COVID-19 testing positivity rate at 22.69% for past seven days

To date, 2.57% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on Census Bureau estimates of the county's population. (Community Impact staff)
To date, 2.57% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on Census Bureau estimates of the county's population. (Community Impact staff)

To date, 2.57% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on Census Bureau estimates of the county's population. (Community Impact staff)

As of Sept. 29, Hays County had reported 108 new lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus over the previous seven days, or 23.74% of the 455 cases reported active within the last three weeks.

The county's local health department began reporting active cases for the previous three-week period a day earlier on Sept. 28 and was up from 445.

The county also reported 1,456 active cases in a separate category that requires infected individuals to confirm with a county official that they are free of the coronavirus before they are transferred to the recovered category.

Some 476 tests for the coronavirus have been reported since Sept. 23, which equals a 22.69% positivity rate for testing for the last seven-day period.

While current hospitalizations have dropped 60.87% during the same time frame—from 23 to nine—total hospitalizations nearly doubled from 180 to 344 because of the addition of 160 previously unreported hospitalizations from earlier this year.


One resident was reported Sept. 28 to have died due to coronavirus-related reasons, bringing the county's total to 55 deaths. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services had the county's death count marked at 63.

To date, 32,642 Hays County residents have been tested for the virus, and 5,926 have lab-confirmed cases of the virus. The overall testing positivity rate is 18.15%.

So far, 2.57% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on Census Bureau estimates of the county's population, assuming no repeated infections.

Hays CISD has reported five cases of the coronavirus among district staff and three within its student population since classes began Sept. 8.

San Marcos CISD has reported two staff cases since its classes began Sept. 8.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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