As of March 20, the Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of one additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to six. How the patient, a Kyle resident, contracted the disease is unclear.
The breakdown of cases by city is:
Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1
Buda – 1
Dripping Springs – 1
San Marcos – 1
Because of HIPAA laws, additional information about patients is not allowed to be shared.
Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reminds citizens that most persons who contract the disease will have low to moderate fever, a cough, and congestion, typically treated with over the counter medications as there is no specialized treatment for COVID-19 like there is with Influenza. The majority of persons who contract this disease will not need to seek medical care. Residents with these symptoms should self-quarantine until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.
“Residents with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system and persons over 65 tend to be hardest hit by COVID-19 and should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms, as should persons with high fevers or shortness of breath.