Hays County COVID-19 update for January9-11

Below is a press release from Hays County regarding the recent COVID-19 update.

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – NOTE: due to a technical issue, this is an abbreviated report compared to our regular updates. The online COVID-19 dashboard will be updated as soon as reasonably possible.

Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) reports two COVID-related fatalities, a San Marcos man in his 50s and a San Marcos woman in her 80s. The department also reports 565 new lab-confirmed cases since Friday’s report along with 17 new hospitalizations and 11 new hospital discharges. There are no additional people considered recovered at this time.

The current total of lab-confirmed cases for Hays County since the beginning of the pandemic is 12,110. Hays County has had 608 total COVID-related hospitalizations and 42 people are currently hospitalized.

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra reminds everyone that per the Governor’s Executive Order GA-32, new capacity restrictions are now in effect for Hays County. The County issued a separate release on Friday with more details, which can found here. Visit the Department of State Health Services website for more info about hospital rates.

A COVID-19 Fact Sheet is on the County website: https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-fact-sheet/. The County’s COVID-19 info, including the online dashboard, is here.

As with any emergency situation, www.HaysInformed.com, the countywide emergency notification blog, has a rolling list of important information regarding COVID-19. Many local municipality websites also have information. Several local school districts also have their own COVID-19 dashboards as does Texas State University.

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