AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: Numbers shown are not always precise, as data changes by the minute. Check with your local county authorities for the most up-to-date information. Texas Health and Human Services also regularly updates its dashboard here.
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 announced its first death due to COVID-19 on April 6. The individual was a 58-year-old male from Elgin, officials said.
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Blanco County has recorded at least 137 cases, 121 recoveries and five deaths.
Blanco County reported its first coronavirus-related death on May 30, a man in his 60s who lived within the Johnson City ZIP code. The second death was reported on July 30, a woman in her 70s in the Johnson City ZIP code.
Anyone in Blanco County wishing to be tested for COVID-19 is asked to visit BlancoCOVIDTest.org.
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Burnet County has recorded at least 694 positive cases, 642 recoveries and 12 deaths.
Its first positive case was confirmed on March 22. The first case was confirmed as a result of a drive-thru test at the Baylor Scott & White hospital in Marble Falls.
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Caldwell County has recorded at least 1,458 positive cases, 1,200 recoveries and 35 deaths.
All of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Fayette County has recorded at least 442 positive cases, 347 recoveries and 18 deaths.
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As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Gillespie County has recorded at least 212 positive cases, 190 recoveries and nine deaths.
As of Sept. 18, Hays County has had 5,736 lab-confirmed cases. Of those, at least 1,744 remain active with at least 3,940 recoveries reported. The county has had at least 52 COVID-19 deaths.
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.
For more information on the previously reported Hays County cases, click here.
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Lee County has recorded at least 213 positive cases, 179 recoveries and 14 deaths
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Llano County has recorded at least 116 positive cases, 98 recoveries and two deaths.
As of Sept. 17, the Texas DSHS reports that Mason County has recorded 76 positive cases, 70 recoveries and two deaths.
As of Sept. 18, Austin-Travis County is reporting 28,375 cases of COVID-19, with 414 deaths. At least 27,175 people have recovered.
These cases have risen steadily since March 13, when the first two cases were reported. Since then, multiple drive-thru testing sites have opened in the area.
For an age breakdown of those cases, see the Austin-Travis County online dashboard.
As of Sept. 18, Williamson County officials confirmed there have been 139 deaths in the county due to COVID-19. There have been a total of 8,385 confirmed cases in the county. At least 8,083 people have recovered.
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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