Hays County reports one COVID-19-related fatality Oct. 20; total active cases continue downward trend

The county reported 37 newly-confirmed cases and one new hospitalization with 15 new discharges. Additionally, 17 people are currently hospitalized, down from 39 on Oct. 7. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The county reported 37 newly-confirmed cases and one new hospitalization with 15 new discharges. Additionally, 17 people are currently hospitalized, down from 39 on Oct. 7. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The county reported 37 newly-confirmed cases and one new hospitalization with 15 new discharges. Additionally, 17 people are currently hospitalized, down from 39 on Oct. 7. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Hays County reported one new COVID-19-related fatality along with one new hospitalization. The data reflects the most recent information as of Oct. 20.

The Hays County Local Health Department shared the COVID-19-related fatality reported Oct. 20 was a Wimberley man in his 50s.

There were 37 new cases confirmed by the county Oct. 20 and 60 residents were considered recovered in that time, bringing the active total down to 557. Last week’s active total was 741, down from 1,524 reported on Sept. 23.

Of the 17 people currently hospitalized, 13 are unvaccinated, which is about 76%. Furthermore, eight are in the intensive care unit on ventilators, five are in the ICU without a ventilator and the remaining four are not ICU patients. One vaccinated patient is in the ICU but not on a ventilator.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Hays County has now reached 29,356 since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 985 have occurred in the past 21 days.


Hays County reported 268,297 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic as well as 387 fatalities.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that the total number of Hays County residents 12 years old and up with at least one vaccine dose rose to 74.27%, and 64.26% of residents are fully vaccinated. Both numbers are less than a percentage point up from Oct. 12.

Additionally, 89.75% of residents 65 years and older are fully vaccinated.

Both Hays and San Marcos CISDs keep an up-to-date COVID-19 dashboard of cases. Hays CISD currently has 63 active student cases, down from the 89 reported on Oct. 12. There are eight active staff cases, which remained unchanged from last week. There are not any classrooms actively in a remote learning situation.

San Marcos CISD has 13 active student cases and two active staff cases. San Marcos CISD’s most recent data is as of Oct. 18. All campuses and classrooms in both districts are open.

The county is still offering “no appointment needed” vaccine clinics Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Community Clinic, 401 Broadway St., San Marcos, and they have the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available.

Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. the Pfizer vaccine is available at CommunicCare, 2810 Dacy Lane in Kyle.
By Eric Weilbacher

Editor, New Braunfels and San Marcos/Buda/Kyle

Eric joinedCommunity Impact Newspaper as an editor in July 2021, returning to journalism after several years in the New Braunfels business community. Prior to CI, Eric freelanced for multiple publications and was a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. He brings a passion for accurate, compelling story telling and human interest to his work.



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