AUSTIN, Texas — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, many Central Texas counties are starting to report the number of cases confirmed within their lines.
Here's a list of all county-reported cases so far:
Bastrop County reported its seventh presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on April 1.
The first case, reported on March 21, is a 37-year-old man who is a resident of Bastrop County. The second is a 33-year-old woman who is also a resident of Bastrop County. The third is a 31-year-old woman.
According to Bastrop County, the second case appeared to be travel-related and not community spread.
A stay-at-home order has been issued.
Blanco County reported its first confirmed case on March 23.
The patient is a female resident of Blanco County in her 60s. She tested positive Saturday after completing drive-through testing as a result of her symptoms. Her case is travel-related and she is recovering at home under self-quarantine.
Burnet County confirmed its third case of COVID-19 on March 29. Its first positive case was confirmed on March 22 and its second on March 28.
The first case was confirmed as a result of a drive-thru test at the Baylor Scott & White hospital in Marble Falls.
The Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management reported the county's first positive case of COVID-19 on Friday, March 27. According to the County, the individual is 30 years old and is being quarantined outside of Caldwell County.
Caldwell County issued a stay-at-home order on March 30. Click here to read more.
Comal County confirmed it has a total of eight cases of COVID-19. Four people still have the virus, while three people have recovered, the county said March 27.
Fayette County has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 – the first on March 22, another on March 28 and the third on April 1.
The county said the first person infected has had no recently known visits to any Fayette County establishments and is in home isolation. The second patient is self-isolating at home. County officials said the third is a man in his 70s who contracted the virus through community spread, according to a report from our news partners at the Austin American-Statesman.
Gillespie County reported its first positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 31. The City of Fredericksburg said the patient was tested on March 26 and received results five days later. While the test was not performed in Gillespie County, the person lives in the county.
Officials said this case is associated with travel outside of the county but within Texas. The patient is experiencing mild symptoms and is isolating at home.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is supporting the county in identifying any close contacts of the patient while sick, so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and tested if needed.
As of April 1, Hays County is reporting 32 active cases of COVID-19.
The breakdown of cases by city as of April 1 is:
- Austin (some Hays County addresses are Austin) – 1
- Buda – 6
- Dripping Springs – 1
- Kyle – 13
- San Marcos – 11
All of these cases have been adults.
Hays County officials announced on March 31 it had launched an online dashboard online which keeps track of the county's COVID-19 numbers. The online tool, along with other important information about the response to the COVID-19 crisis, is available here: www.sanmarcostx.gov/covid19info. County residents may visit https://hayscountytx.com/covid-19-information-for-hays-county-residents/.
For more information on the previously reported Hays County cases, click here.
Lee County reported its first positive case on April 1 around 3:25 p.m.
On March 25, the county reported that 12 tests had been administered for the detection of COVID-19 infection. Nine returned negative results and three tests were pending at the time.
A shelter-in-place order has not been issued for the county.
On March 25, Llano County confirmed its second case of COVID-19.
One patient is a male in his 60s who lives in the Horseshoe Bay area. His case is said to be travel-related and he self-quarantined immediately upon returning from his trip. A relative of that man was also diagnosed with COVID-19 and went on the same trip with him.
Both remain in quarantine at this time.
Llano County is now in Phase 3 (no person-to-person spread) of its phased approach. A stay-at-home order has also been issued.
Mason County has not yet reported any confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of April 1, Austin-Travis County is reporting 305 cases of COVID-19, with three deaths.
The third death, a man in his 60s, was reported on April 1. The county reported its second death on March 30. The first death, a woman in her 70s was reported on March 27.
These cases have risen steadily since March 13, when the first two cases were reported. Since then, multiple drive-through testing sites have opened in the area.
The age ranges of those 305 cases include:
- 0-1 – 1
- 1-9 – 2
- 10-19 – 5
- 20-29 – 84
- 30-39 – 71
- 40-49 – 51
- 50-59 – 47
- 60-69 – 21
- 70-79 – 13
- 80 and over – 10
For more information on these cases, click here.
On April 1, Williamson County officials announced five new cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total to 55.
On March 28, Williamson County officials confirmed the county's first COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s.
Investigations conducted by the Williamson County and Cities Health District will identify potential contacts exposed to the virus and provide close contacts with guidance, as well as monitor them for the development of symptoms.
For more information about these cases, click here.
KVUE compiled COVID-19 hotline numbers for numerous counties, as well. Here is a running list of those phone numbers:
- Travis County: 512-978-8775
- Hays County: 512-393-5525
- Williamson County: 512-943-1600
- Bastrop County: 512-303-4300
According to the CDC, symptoms of the coronavirus, which could occur two to 14 days after exposure, include:
- shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, the CDC advises you to get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Currently, coronavirus testing is limited. Call your doctor if you believe you have symptoms.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through:
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
Lower your risk:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
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