Rapid increase in county COVID-19 numbers

   “Paint your circle and avoid large crowds. Evaluate your risk and plan your activities accordingly,” reiterates Jackie Smith, Administrator at Texas County Health Department.

According to the Texas County Health Department, the Sept. 4, 2020, positive COVID-19 reports were the highest daily amount reported for the county to date. These numbers were: Active (isolation at home) – 33; Hospitalized – 5; Deaths – 2; Recovered (off isolation) – 100 with total lab confirmed cases to date of 140. Those numbers continue to increase, and as of Sept. 7 they were: Active (isolation at home) – 40; Recovered – 114 and a total cumulative to date of 156 cases.

“Increased numbers are both due to providers doing much more testing and people seeking out testing when ill. Several cases are linked, often household; in one instance four in the same family unit. Several of the new cases were from students. We commend our school districts for the protocols they have in place to minimize the spread, as we all work together on case isolation/quarantine management of identified close contacts. They and we encourage you to observe safe practice and continue to monitor your children for any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. With all the above, the good news of the day, is, no increase in COVID-19 deaths, active hospitalizations have not increased, and these patients are non-ICU or ventilator,” TCHD shared on their Facebook page.

“Over the past several weeks, a common finding is people do not seem to understand how important it is to not expose others to illness. As a society we have been accustomed to going ahead with our daily activities, to work, to school, family gatherings, church services and social activities with friends even when slightly or moderately ill. Texas County, our behavior must change in order to slow and limit the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care,” emphasized the Texas County Health Department on their Facebook page Friday, Sept. 4, “Everyone can lower their chances of getting and spreading the virus by practicing social distancing, avoiding large crowds, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. CDC defines a ‘close contact’ as longer than 15 minutes, less than 6-feet apart, and they recommend if you must be in a setting where you simply can’t social distance to wear a mask.”

The county department is working diligently to keep the public updated, including staff working from home over the holiday weekend monitoring and following up on cases received over the long holiday.



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