Update, 8:24pm, March 16, 2020: We asked Hays County for information about the guideline stated in their press releases for those who test positive for COVID-19 being “under self-quarantine at home until they are fever-free for 48 hours without using fever reducing medication.” In a response we just received from the county, we were informed that, as the CDC is now saying 72 hours, the guideline is now 72 hours fever-fee without fever-reducing medications.
Third confirmed COVID-19 case in Hays County. From the county:
Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider reports a third confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hays County, following a second one reported earlier today.
The adult resident recently traveled to California and was tested on return at a clinic. They are under self-quarantine at home until they are fever-free for 48 hours without using fever reducing medication.
As always, Hays County must respect the HIPAA laws and cannot share information about where the testing occurred, or the name, gender, or city of the person in quarantine.
CDC has changed its protocols, and specimens are no longer required to be sent to the CDC for confirmation. All positive tests at commercial labs or state labs are now considered a confirmed positive case.