Coronavirus claims 3 Hays residents over weekend

COVID-19 claimed the life of three more Hays County residents over the July 4 weekend, the county reported on Monday. All three were from San Marcos and include a man in his 70s and his son, who was in his 50s.

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Their deaths bring the count’s total fatality count to 10.

Also over the holiday weekend, there were 77 new cases reported, along with four new hospitalizations. Two people were released from the hospital and 34 were deemed recovered.

The health department also received about 2,400 negative lab reports from the recent Texas Division of Emergency Management tests sites.

Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said. The county’s total of lab-confirmed cases is 3,193; of those, 2,655 are considered active. The total number of individuals considered recovered is 528. The number of negative tests is 10,294. Schneider is awaiting results on 72 tests. Hays County has had 68 total hospitalizations; 20 people are currently hospitalized.

“Regardless of your age, profession, gender or any other factor, you have the power to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” Schneider said. “We are looking at a virus that may not severely hurt you, but you could pass it along to a loved one or friend who isn’t able to fight the virus.”

He added that there are simple, effective steps we all can take to slow the spread.

“If you don’t need to go out, stay home,” he said. “If you go out, remain distanced from others, wear a mask and wash your hands often. When we work together for the safety of our community, we can make an impact.”

For the full report, visit haysinformed.com.

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