Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Grayson County on Wednesday. 

During his Wednesday press briefing, Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson said that an 83-year-old male and an 81-year-old male, both residents of Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation, had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, Grayson County has reported a total of 91 positive cases of COVID-19, with 43 of those being among Grayson Nursing and Rehab residents and 15 among Grayson Nursing and Rehab employees.

Henderson noted though that 27 of those 91 patients have since recovered, while five remain hospitalized. 

Wednesday's briefing followed the county's most recent COVID-19 update, a Facebook post from Tuesday afternoon in which the Grayson County Health Department reported three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county: a 37-year-old female Grayson Nursing and Rehab employee, a 50-year-old female resident of Grayson County, and a 27-year-old Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center employee. 

Henderson said that, even though Grayson Nursing and Rehab was recently blanket tested for the coronavirus, some who tested negative for the virus during that time may have since developed symptoms and been re-tested, leading to new positive cases in the facility.

Grayson County Public Health Director Josh Embry returned for Wednesday's briefing and said the health department employee who had been tested for COVID-19 had garnered a negative result, so health department officials would be able to resume attendance at the county's briefings. 

Embry reminded the community of the steps one must follow to be tested for the coronavirus: first, one must be symptomatic and have a test ordered by a doctor, then the appointment will be scheduled at one of Grayson County's testing sites (either Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center or Fast Pace).

Embry also shared healthcare professionals' primary goals in the coming weeks and months, which include encouraging (but not requiring) community members to wear masks in public; securing personal protective equipment for front-line healthcare facilities; and working together as a community to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Henderson echoed Embry's sentiment and said that the community should treat everyone else as though he or she has the virus.

"Be cautious, but don't be fearful," he said. 

629 Grayson County residents have now been tested for COVID-19, with 491 testing negative and 47 test results pending. 

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 is encouraged to contact the health department at 270-259-3141.