Hays County reports 92 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Oct. 14

To date, 2.65% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates of the county's population. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
To date, 2.65% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates of the county's population. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

To date, 2.65% of Hays County residents have been infected with the coronavirus based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates of the county's population. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

As of Oct. 14, Hays County has reported 92 new lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus over the previous seven days, or 29.58% of the 311 cases reported active within the last three weeks.

The county also reported 830 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. That figure is down from 1,004 a week earlier.

About 1,612 coronavirus tests have been reported since Oct. 8, which equals a 5.71% positivity rate for testing for the last seven-day period, an increase from 2.87% a week earlier.

The number of current hospitalizations remains unchanged from a week earlier at eight, although there are eight new hospitalizations reported by the county, raising its total hospitalization count to 355.

Two residents were reported Oct. 14 to have died due to coronavirus-related reasons, bringing the county's total to 57 deaths. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services had the county's death count marked at 69.


The two new deaths were a Buda man in his 60s and a Buda woman in her 80s, according to a county press release.

To date, 37,106 coronavirus tests have been performed on Hays County residents, and 6,110 there have been lab-confirmed cases of the virus. Hays County reported 748 probable cases have been tested to date, and 14 are new since Oct. 8.

The overall testing positivity rate—not including probable cases—is 16.47%, a decline from 16.95% a week earlier.

So far, 2.65% of Hays County's 230,191 residents have been infected with the coronavirus, assuming no repeated infections.

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

San Marcos CISD reported three active student cases as of Oct. 11. Three staff members and four students have tested positive since classes resumed Sept. 8.

Testing

According to a Hays County press release, free COVID-19 testing with painless oral mouth swabs is available, and appointments and walk-ups will be welcome at the following locations (see image for QR code):

Kyle

Testing is available daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center at 979 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle.

Dripping Springs

Testing is available Fridays-Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Triangle at 151 Mercer St., Dripping Springs.

San Marcos

Testing is available daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ramon Lucio Park at 601 S. CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos.

Wimberley

Testing is available Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Wimberley Community Center at 14068 RR 12, Wimberley.

Buda

Testing is available Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Onion Creek Senior Center at 420 Barton Crossing, Buda.
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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