Crockett County up to 96 total positive COVID-19 cases, public swimming pool closed

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The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 96 total positive COVID-19 cases Saturday.

The state dashboard showed 72 active cases, 11 recovered and 1 fatality for the county.

With the increase in positive cases, county officials made the decision Saturday to close the Crockett County Swimming Pool effective immediately. 

"With the rise in Covid-19 cases inside our community I find this decision in the best interest of our citizens and employees," said Precinct 4 Commissioner Mike Medina Jr.

The Crockett County Senior Center will also be closed to the public for at least the next two weeks.

This closure will not affect meals delivered to homebound residents and meals may also be picked up at the back door of the center through Helping Hands.

For more information, call the Crockett County Senior Center at (325) 392-9094 or Helping Hands at (325) 392-5026.

New Beginnings Ozona also announced they will suspend all physical church meetings until further notice. Services will be available online through the church's social media platforms.

"We have to take precautions. As we can see our numbers are rising quickly, and at this rate we will quickly reach 100 cases. Please, if you or someone in your household has tested positive for the Covid-19, you need to stay home. Avoid large gatherings, wash your hands frequently and keep hand sanitizer close by at all times. Also, wear your mask (it is madatory because we have more than 20 cases) and please use common sense when you have to be out and about," said Susan Bilano, director of the Family Health Center of Ozona.

The governor's statewide executive order requiring people to wear masks in public is in effect.

The order requires Texans living in counties with more than 20 active coronavirus cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in a business or other building open to the public, as well as outdoor public spaces, whenever social distancing (at least 6-feet apart) is not possible. But it provides several exceptions, including for children who are younger than 10 years old, people who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, people who are eating or drinking, and people who are exercising outdoors.

With test results at Shannon Medical Center taking as long as 8-10 days, sometimes 14, for results, Crockett County has partnered with a lab associated with Texas Tech in Lubbock.

County Judge Fred Deaton said Crockett County residents can be tested at the Family Health Center of Ozona. The tests will then be driven to Lubbock by a county employee and results are expected to be released within 24-48 hours. Deaton said patients will still have to pay the clinic fee, but there will be no cost for the test.

Bilano also said that all test, whether they come from Shannon Medical Center, the Ozona Clinic, Sonora, Big Lake or the Concho Valley ER in San Angelo, or anywhere else, all tests and results have to be reported to the Texas Department of Health.

The Center for Disease Control states that even if a person tests negative for COVID-19, or feels healthy, they should stay quarantined since symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, then you need to be tested, Bilano said.

"The bottom line is, those that sick and on quarantine should be considerate of others in the community and follow the rules and stay home, weather it be Ozona or anywhere else," Bilano said.

Symptoms include:

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

 

Prevention tips:

• Washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when washing hands is not available.

 • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

For more information, visit cdc.gov or https://dshs.texas.gov/