The Hays County Local Health Department has been notified two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Hays County to 13. All 13 positive cases are adults. One is a resident of Dripping Springs and one is a resident of Kyle. In addition, as of 4 p.m. March 26, the Hays County Local Health Department has received 131 negative test results and 21 test results are pending (note that these test results are frequently changing numbers). One of the original positive cases, a resident of Kyle, has recovered and is out of quarantine.
The breakdown of cases by city as of 12 p.m. March 26 is:
Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1
Buda – 3
Dripping Springs – 3
San Marcos – 2
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.
Good hygiene practices are essential:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove