Crockett County up to five positive COVID-19 cases

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UPDATE: No more positive cases have been reported since Tuesday, June 9.

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By Melissa Perner
The Ozona Stockman

    Tom Green County health officials reported Tuesday, June 9, one more positive COVID-19 case for Crockett County.
    Tuesday’s case was reported as a white teen female with exposure to known case bringing the county’s total up to five.
    The other four cases are:
    • Hispanic female child, exposure to known case.
    • White teenage male, exposure to known case.
    • Hispanic teenage male, exposure to known case  
    • Hispanic male in his 40s whose case is listed as community spread.
    HIPPA laws prevent health authorities from revealing the name of the individual.
    According to the CDC website, community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
    When it comes to testing, Susan Bilano, director of the Family Health Center of Ozona, stated that if a person has been in one on one contact with someone who is positive for the coronavirus, and were with them for more than 20 minutes, and less than six-feet apart, they need to call the Family Health Center of Ozona at (325) 392-3788 about being tested.
    If anyone has had second-hand contact, such as being with a friend who was near a person who tested positive, or if anyone has had third-hand contact, such as being with a friend of a friend who had contact with a person who tested positive, then that person just needs to monitor symptoms, Bilano said.
    If anyone starts show symptoms of COVID-19, Bilano said they need to call the Family Health Center of Ozona immediately.
    According to the CDC website, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
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
    Bilano also said if anyone has been tested for COVID-19 they need to remain in quarantine until test results return.
    Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should also be in quarantine, she said.
    “We all need to use common sense, stay away from large crowds in the community, keep washing our hands, and wear a mask as appropriate. We as a community can keep this from spreading if we do our part,” Bilano said.
    As of Tuesday, June 9, all COVID-19 test for Crockett County Care Center residents and staff have been returned with negative results. All Care Center residents and staff were tested at the end of May under a state mandated order by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott’s office released information Monday that the Texas Division of Emergency Management is working with with local officials in the cities of Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Abilene, the Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend, Laredo, and Midland-Odessa to identify and establish walk-up and drive-thru testing sites that will meet the needs of each community, and is in the process of working with other cities to bring more sites online in the coming days. TDEM is also working with local leaders to expand walk-up and drive-thru testing in urban areas where large-scale protests have taken place.
    As these sites continue to come online across the state, Texans can visit covidtest.tdem.texas.gov to find the test collection location nearest them.
    Throughout the state, the number of new cases reported each day has grown from an average of about 1,081 during the week ending May 24 to about 1,527 in the past week. (Public health data varies day to day, so officials use a seven-day rolling average to better capture trends over time.)
    The 14-day trend line shows new infections in Texas have risen about 71% in the past two weeks. Although confirmed infections have increased across the state, hot spots like state prisons and meatpacking plants, which have recently been the sites of mass or targeted testing, are responsible for a portion of the increase, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    Abbott has said that Texans should anticipate temporary increases in the positivity rate as the state dispatches surge response teams to three kinds of hot spots: prisons and jails, nursing homes and meatpacking plants.

- Texas Tribune contributed to this report.