Hays County health officials hold COVID-19 press conference for first time since March

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The Hays County Local Health Department is set to discuss COVID-19 with reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — New information came Wednesday about the spike in COVID-19 cases in Hays County, the same day the county reported 145 new cases.

It’s the second highest daily total, bringing the 7-day average to 107 cases per day.

“We’re seeing that second wave that everyone has been talking about,” said Eric Schneider, Hays County epidemiologist.

Schneider attributes that second wave to people packing local rivers, marching at protests and visiting crowded, late-night bars.

“We anticipated uptick as businesses, bars, restaurants and local hangouts reopen, but that number is growing faster than expected,” he said.

Schneider said in the last week, more than half of the new cases are young people between the ages of 20 and 29 who live in San Marcos.

“They floated the river since Memorial Day, which was just over 14 days ago which is about the time-frame where we would start to see people who were possibly exposed would be showing signs and symptoms and test positive right now,” he said.

The county, also in the process of reopening, has had to take a few steps back.

Two offices in the government center, they say, are now closed out of an abundance of caution after some of the employees came into contact with individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.

As reopening continues, Schneider urges the public to remember: There’s still a pandemic.

“At this point, most of our residents should assume that they take the risk of coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19 as soon as they leave their homes,” he said.

Schneider also said there are three main industries that have high cases of COVID-19: Healthcare, construction and food service workers.

He did not provide any more specifics about which sections of those industries may be most affected.

The last time health officials in Hays County held a conference was March 15, one day after the county’s first reported COVID-19 case.

County and city officials had announced a disaster declaration during the press conference.

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