County reports sixth case of COVID-19
Hays County announced its sixth case of COVID-19 on Friday, March 20.
The county provided a breakdown of where the cases exist within Hays County. There are two cases in Kyle and one case in San Marcos, Buda, Dripping Springs and Austin — within Hays County, respectively.
Friday’s announcement came a day after Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra signed a second order regarding COVID-19, which mirrors Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide order that limits gatherings to no more than 10 people and closes bars, gyms, restaurants — with the exception of to-go and delivery orders — and schools. The governor’s order also banned visits to nursing and retirement homes unless a critical need exists.
Abbott’s order went into effect Friday as of 11:59 p.m. and lasts until April 3. Additionally, Becerra’s order closes daycare centers throughout Hays County during the same time period as the governor’s order.
“The county’s new COVID-19 order was a collaborative effort with mayors of cities within Hays County,” Becerra said. “We met via conference call to discuss and gathered input on these serious changes to our way of life. We came to agreement on what would best serve all our residents.”
As cases have increased, the county has warned of community spread. It is unclear how a patient from Kyle who tested positive for COVID-19 contracted the disease, according to the county.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear between 2-14 days of exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that people should seek medical attention if they display one or more of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; or bluish lips or face. The CDC recommends calling a doctor’s office or emergency room before going. Those who self-isolate with COVID-19 can leave self-isolation if they’ve had no fever for at least 72hours(without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), symptoms have improved and it’s been at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared, according to the CDC.
“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,” Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said.