Five Lab-confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Hays County

  • March 18, 2020
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From Hays County press release:

As of March 18, 2020, the Hays County Local Health Department has been notified of 5 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus.

Four of the patients had recent travel days before their symptoms began, so it is believed that they came into contact with a positive COVID-19 case outside of Texas. One of the newest cases did not have any travel history before becoming ill and did not knowingly come into contact with any other confirmed case, so it is believed that we have community spreading in Hays County.

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.