There were 296 cases reported active to the county within the last three week period, down 15 from a week earlier and from 386 on Oct. 1 for previous three week time spans.
Hays County considers 635 residents to have active cases of the virus because the affected persons have not confirmed to a county official that they have recovered. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 653 active cases.
Of the 3,107 San Marcos cases reported so far, 40 were considered active by the county Oct. 20. Kyle and Buda lead the county in active cases with 409 and 113 cases, respectively.
Seven county residents have died for reasons related to the virus since Oct. 14, and a total of 64 residents have died, according to the county. The DSHS reported four additional deaths for a total of 71.
On Oct. 14, the county reported a Buda man in his 60s and Buda woman in her 80s have died due to the virus. The deaths of a San Marcos man in his 70s and an Austin woman in her 90s were reported Oct. 15. The deaths of a San Marcos man in his 50s and a Kyle woman in her 90s were reported Oct. 16. The county reported the deaths of a San Marcos woman in her 70s and a Kyle woman in her 40s on Oct. 19. An Austin woman in her 90s was reported Oct. 20 to have died from the virus.
The overall testing positivity rate was down from 18.04% at the start of the month to 16.01%. The seven-day positivity rate for Oct. 20 was 6.05%, up slightly from 5.71% a week earlier.
Hospitalizations of county residents have increased by 16 since Oct. 1 to 360—a 4.44% increase—and there were eight active hospitalizations Oct. 20.
The 102 lab-confirmed cases announced since Oct. 14 were the highest for a rolling seven-day period since the end of September. On Oct. 20, 51 cases were reported.
On Oct. 9, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra elected to allow bars in the county to reopen beginning Oct. 14 based upon an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.