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Grayson County reports ninth COVID-19 related death, 18 new cases
By Amanda Ortez, Grayson County, Health Department Director
Aug 1, 2020
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Grayson County, Texas -- The Grayson County Health Department (GCHD) is announcing the ninth COVID-19 related death in Grayson County. The patient, a male resident of Sherman in his early 90ís, who presented to a local hospital in Grayson County, succumbed to the illness.

The Grayson County Health Department only reports COVID-19 deaths they have investigated and confirmed. Until the State of Texas provides full transparency to the Local Health Authority of all information received by the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Dr. Bennettís authorized reports from the Grayson County Health Department may not match Texas DSHS website numbers of reported death in Grayson County.

Residents are asked to help prevent the spread of the virus by practicing non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing (avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick), covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing good hand hygiene. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are sick, stay home.

The Grayson County Health Department (GCHD) has confirmed eighteen additional positive cases of COVID-19 within Grayson County. The patients are in their teens, 20ís, 40ís, 50ís, 60ís, 70ís, and 80ís. Fifteen of the confirmed cases are currently isolated at their place of residence and three are hospitalized. Five of the newly confirmed cases are from Denison, one is from Gordonville, one is from Gunter, seven are from Sherman, two are from Van Alstyne, and two are from Whitesboro. Fifteen of the newly confirmed cases had close contact with another confirmed case. Two of the newly confirmed cases had no recent travel or no known contact with another confirmed case. In addition, one had recently traveled outside of Grayson County, but had no known contact with another confirmed case. This brings our total active case count to 58, of which 16 are hospitalized and 42 are isolated at their place of residence. The GCHD Public Health Emergency Preparedness team are identifying and contacting individuals who may have had exposure to a confirmed case.

The Grayson County Health Department will continue, in partnership with our community providers, to monitor and investigate COVID-19 within Grayson County. Grayson County will continue, and will encourage individuals, to follow preventative measures as recommended by President Trump, Governor Abbott, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

If you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 and have developed a fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, within 14 days of your travel; call your healthcare provider. To prevent potential spread, please alert your provider before arriving to the providerís office or emergency department.

It is important to practice social distancing and follow the Grayson County Health Departmentís Isolation/Quarantine Orders. For facilities testing patients, when a positive result is received, they must promptly notify the Grayson County Health Department to ensure proper measures can be taken to limit the spread of the disease. The Grayson County Health Departmentís (GDHD) 24/7 number for doctors to report positive cases to on a 24/7 basis is 903-821-5027. By law all testing must be reported to (GCHD).