Hays County Risk Still Low for Coronavirus, County Health Official Suggests Tips for Staying Safe(Hays County Press Release)
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (March 5, 2020) – Hays County Epidemiologist Eric Schneider wants to make sure that Hays County residents understand the current exposure potential for Coronavirus and precautions they can take to help stay healthy.
Schneider noted that good health practices for Coronavirus are similar to that of Influenza (the two are different viruses), and some symptoms are similar. Symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath that typically show up within 2 to 14 days of contracting it. Flu symptoms often also include headache, chills, body ache, sore throat, fatigue, stuffy nose and/or sneezing that is not typically associated with Coronavirus.
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to Coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider or the Hays County Local Health Department at 512-393-5525 to discuss your exposure risk. If you are experiencing symptoms you may be directed to your local hospital emergency room. The Hays County Local Health Department has a monitoring protocol in place which will be explained to you if your symptoms warrant it.
Coronaviruses are not new – some are responsible for common colds and some for more serious infections like SARS – but this particular strain of it is new which is why it is often referred to as Novel Coronavirus. The disease it causes is formally known as COVID-19, which stands for Coronavirus Disease and the year it was first known, 2019.
"As of March 5, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hays County, and only a few individuals who believe they may have been exposed to a confirmed case are in self-quarantine and are being monitored as a precaution to protect our community," Schneider said. "While we are anticipating cases to eventually show up in Hays County, the first line of defense against an outbreak or community spreading is to follow the good health practices whether you are healthy or feeling sick." Schneider also recommended that residents rely on qualified information sources for additional information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services.