Nine cases of COVID-19 now confirmed in Hays County

Hays County’s 8th and 9th cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in two people in separate households with connection to Carpenter Hill Elementary School in Buda. All cases confirmed so far have occurred in adults.

The new cases mark four among people with connections to public schools. A person who had been on the campus at Tobias Elementary School on March 11 was confirmed as having the disease March 18. Another individual who had visited the campus of San Marcos High School on March 12 was confirmed positive for the virus on March 22.

Of the 9 cases known as of Tuesday afternoon, 2 were in Buda, 2 in Kyle, 2 in San Marcos, 1 in Dripping Springs and one with an Austin address that is within Hays County.

In a press release, county spokesperson Laureen Chernow said the city of one is unknown because that person had not yet been interviewed.

Tim Savoy, spokesman for the Hays CISD, said letters have been sent to parents of Carpenter Hill students, but that “We do not believe anyone who has actually tested positive for coronavirus had been on campus prior to spring break or within the virus incubation period of 14 days.” The letters, he said, were sent out of an “abundance of caution.”

The county’s health department has said the risk of transmission is low for those on the Carpenter Hill campus, but they recommend that all staff and students monitor themselves for symptoms until Friday, March 27.

The Carpenter Hill campus has been closed, the district said.

For the latest news about COVID-19 and reducing its spread, visit haysinformed.com. You can also call the hotline at 512-393-5525.

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