Hood County has seen no additional COVID-19 positive deaths since Hood County Emergency Management Coordinator Jay Webster’s last report issued one week ago, on Aug. 19.
As of today (Thursday, Aug. 26), the county has 544 active cases. That number reflects a 12.54% decrease from last week.
The number of COVID-19 positive deaths for Hood County is 147.
Currently there are 35 local hospitalizations due to COVID-19, according to Webster. All other active cases have been directed to self-isolate at home.
The Trauma Service Area (TSA) Regional Hospital Rate for the region that encompasses Hood County is 21.35%, which is 6.35% over the 15% threshold required by the state.
Regionally there are only 61 adult Intensive Care Unit beds available and there are no pediatric ICU beds available, according to the report issued by Webster at 11:23 a.m.
Every ICU bed at Lake Granbury Medical Center was in use at the time of Webster’s update, with 84% percent of those patients being COVID-19 positive.
More than half – 51.47% - of the hospital’s capacity is COVID-19 positive, he stated.
Hood County remains at high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The local Public Health Authority, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommendations, encourages vaccination for those eligible, including those 12 and older.
Mask wearing and social distancing are also recommended for those who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including children over the age of two.
Here are some helpful links:
Prevention of COVID-19:
How to Protect Yourself and Others:
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and teens:
Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People:
Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines:
Delta Variant FAQs:
Booster recommendation Statement from the CDC: