AUSTIN, Texas — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, many Central Texas counties are starting to report the number of cases confirmed within their lines.
Here's a list of all county-reported cases so far:
The first case, reported on March 21, is a 37-year-old man who is a resident of Bastrop County. The second is a 33-year-old woman who is also a resident of Bastrop County. The third is a 31-year-old woman.
A stay-at-home order has been issued.
Bastrop County announced its first death due to COVID-19 on April 6. The individual was a 58-year-old male from Elgin, officials said.
Blanco County reported its fourth confirmed case on April 7. The County believes 12 other cases are likely.
Its first case was reported on March 23, a female resident of Blanco County in her 60s.
The second case was a male resident of Blanco County. The case is travel-related as he traveled outside of the county to help an ill family member. The patient traveled through the city of Blanco before reporting his symptoms. He is currently self-quarantined at home.
Burnet County confirmed its fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 on April 7. Its first positive case was confirmed on March 22, its second on March 28 and its third on March 29.
The first case was confirmed as a result of a drive-thru test at the Baylor Scott & White hospital in Marble Falls.
The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management reported the county's sixth positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 7.
The county provided the following information about these cases:
• Case 1: 31-year-old Female in 78644
• Case 2: 42-year-old Male in 78616
• Case 3: 42-year-old Female in 78648
• Case 4: 22-year-old Male in 78648
• Case 5: 25, female, 78644
• Case 6: 20s age range, Male, unknown zip code (under DSHS investigation)
All of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Caldwell County issued a stay-at-home order on March 30. Click here to read more.
As of April 2, Comal County is reporting 15 cases.
Fayette County has confirmed 16 cases of COVID-19 – the first was reported on March 22.
By April 5, however, the confirmed cases in the county jumped to 11. On April 16, that number rose to 16.
At least two people have recovered. Click here for more information.
Gillespie County previously reported three confirmed cases but, as of April 6, is now reporting one.
The county said on April 6 that information reported by the county on the original two COVID-19 cases came directly from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and subsequently, the DSHS was notified by two independent labs that lab errors resulted in two false-positive reports of the virus. This was a situation never before encountered by the department.
Prior to this correction, the first case was reported on March 31, the second was reported on April 3 and the third was reported on April 5.
It was determined that the third case was associated with community transmission of the virus, officials said.
As of April 8, Hays County is reporting 54 active cases of COVID-19.
While the total number of confirmed cases is now 77, 23 patients have recovered.
All cases reported so far have been adults, except for two cases, one reported in the 0-9 age range and one in the 10-19 age range. As of April 8, the Hays County Local Health Department has received 451 negative test results.
Hays County officials announced on March 31 it had launched an online dashboard online which keeps track of the county's COVID-19 numbers. The online tool, along with other important information about the response to the COVID-19 crisis, is available here: www.sanmarcostx.gov/covid19info. County residents may visit https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-information-for-hays-county-residents/.
For more information on the previously reported Hays County cases, click here.
Lee County reported its second positive case on April 3.
Officials said on April 3 that the first individual was a woman who lives in the Lexington area code and the second individual was being investigated by the Texas Department of Human Health Services.
A shelter-in-place order has not been issued for the county.
As of April 3, Llano County has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 with community spread in the county.
One patient is a male in his 60s who lives in the Horseshoe Bay area. His case is said to be travel-related and he self-quarantined immediately upon returning from his trip. A relative of that man was also diagnosed with COVID-19 and went on the same trip with him.
Both remain in quarantine at this time.
Llano County is now in Phase 3 (no person-to-person spread) of its phased approach. A stay-at-home order has also been issued.
On April 7, the Department of State Health Services reported Mason County had its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
As of April 8, Austin-Travis County is reporting 596 cases of COVID-19, with seven deaths.
These cases have risen steadily since March 13, when the first two cases were reported. Since then, multiple drive-thru testing sites have opened in the area.
For an age breakdown of those 596 cases, see the Austin-Travis County online dashboard.
On April 8, Williamson County officials confirmed a total of 97 positive cases, including four deaths. Ten new cases were announced since the day prior.
On March 28, Williamson County officials confirmed the county's first COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s. On April 5, the county confirmed the second death, a man in his 50s. On April 6, the county confirmed the third death, a woman in her 60s. On April 7, the county confirmed the fourth death, a woman in her 50s.
Williamson County said as of April 8, the county has had 40 recoveries.
Investigations conducted by the Williamson County and Cities Health District will identify potential contacts exposed to the virus and provide close contacts with guidance, as well as monitor them for the development of symptoms.
For more information about these cases, click here.
KVUE compiled COVID-19 hotline numbers for numerous counties, as well. Here is a running list of those phone numbers:
- Travis County: 512-978-8775
- Hays County: 512-393-5525
- Williamson County: 512-943-1600
- Bastrop County: 512-303-4300
According to the CDC, symptoms of the coronavirus, which could occur two to 14 days after exposure, include:
- shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, the CDC advises you to get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Currently, coronavirus testing is limited. Call your doctor if you believe you have symptoms.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through:
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
Lower your risk:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
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