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HOOD COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE - 10/29/20

COVID-19 in Hood County - By the Numbers:

  • 1438 total cases reported to DSHS for Hood County residents
  • 1357 have recovered and were released from isolation, per CDC/DSHS protocols
  • 81 active cases remain isolated (positive COVID-19 PCR nasal swab test reported within last 10 days, plus a few who remain symptomatic longer)
  • 10 current reported hospitalizations, all other active cases have been directed to self-isolate at home
  • 22 total COVID-positive deaths (18 COVID-related, four additional were COVID-positive at time of death)
  • 1344 positive PCR nasal swab tests locally reported (400 since 9-27, some repeated, some positive for residents of other counties)
  • 10.4% positive PCR nasal swab test rate since March 2020
  • 14.6% positive PCR nasal swab test rate since the last report on 9-27 (increased from 6.5% on 9-27)
Hood County Monthly COVID-19 Update - 10-29-2020, noon
1438 total COVID-19 cases have been reported to Texas Dept of State Health Services (DSHS) for Hood County residents since mid-March (401 new cases reported in the month since the 9-27 report, an increase of 28%). We currently have 81 active cases hospitalized or under isolation (increased from 46 on 9-27), with a 15.3% positive test rate since last month (more than doubled from 6.5%).
We have a total of 22 COVID positive deaths reported for Hood County residents. 18/22 (82%) of the deaths were COVID-related (death directly complicated or caused by COVID-19 related illness). 20/22 (91%) were 60 years or older.
57 local COVID-19 PCR nasal swab tests (looking for active COVID-19 infection) are waiting for laboratory results.
 
Since 9-25, I have used DSHS numbers for our total and active cases, rather than our local database. DSHS is the official reporting agency for Hood County, as we do not have a local health department, and they receive Hood County case data from other counties across the state for a more complete picture overall. I will continue to report positive test rates and deaths based upon local data, where I have more detailed information to review.

Across the county, any student or school worker with possible COVID-19 symptoms is being tested and sent home, rather than being allowed to go to school, in accordance with Texas Educational Agency and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.  Granbury ISD has an excellent weekly report that shows the current impact of COVID-19 in their schools.  
See the GISD COVID-19 Weekly Update here: https://www.granburyisd.org/Page/21406
 

Hood County is currently at SUBSTANTIAL risk of COVID-19 transmission. 
 
Continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other influenza-like illnesses as we are now in flu season will continue to keep our community active at work and school. CDC community mitigation strategy guidelines are found below.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/community-mitigation.html
 
Prevention is Key!
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
  • Social distancing is best - if you need to get close to others, "mask up"
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
 
  • COVER coughs and sneezes with a mask or a sleeve
  • Wash or sanitize hands and surfaces often
  • Get your flu shot to help prevent the spread of influenza-like illness
Review the Department of State Health Services "Open Texas," Hood County, and City of Granbury websites for the latest Executive Orders, reports and guidance on COVID-19:
https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx
https://co.hood.tx.us/772/Infectious-Diseases
http://granbury.org/996/COVID-19-Coronavirus
 

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