Crockett County hits 100 COVID-19 cases

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The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 103 total positive COVID-19 cases Monday, July 20.

The state dashboard also listed 84 active cases, 11 recoveries and 1 death.

A local COVID-19 relief fund has been set up to help those in quarantine.

Monetary donations can be made at the following:

Ozona National bank account

Knights of Columbus

Titled: Covid-19 Relief

PayPal lynn471089@gmail.com

Name - Ozona, Covid Relief

County Judge Fred Deaton told the Stockman Monday he would have a statement Tuesday morning for the public.

Deaton did not file the exemption for Gov. Greg Abbott's mandate ordering masks, or face coverings, be worn in public. With 84 active cases, the governor's mandate is in effect for Crockett County.

With the increase in cases several county facilities have closed to the public, or remain closed to the public:

Crockett County Swimming Pool

J. Cleo Thompson Wellness Center

Crockett County Senior Center

Crockett County Civic and Youth Center

Crockett County Public Library

The Crockett County Justice of the Peace Office issued a statement Monday that due to increase in cases they have implemented a "closed door" policy for their office.

"We are dedicated to serving the residents of Crockett County, but are also committed to doing our part in helping ease the spread of this virus," stated Justice of the Peace Evelyn Kerbow.

While the doors to the Justice of the Peace Office are closed to the public, Kerbow said they are accepting payments and paperwork through their drop box outside the office.

People can also contact the office at (325) 392-2253 from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Crockett County Tax Office and Clerk's Office are also closed to the public.

The annex offices do have speak holes and drop boxes outside their office door. The annex is open for the public to come in. Masks, or face coverings, and social distancing is required.

Crockett County Commissioner Wesley Bean posted on his Facebook page Saturday that one of the reasons for the increase in case numbers is being able to get test results faster.

The county has partnered with a Texas Tech University lab in Lubbock to get COVID-19 test results back within 24-72 hours. Results coming from Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo were taking as long as 8-10 days, sometimes 14 days.

A county employee is personally driving the tests from the Ozona Clinic to Lubbock each day, Bean said.

"We are committed to doing whatever it takes to try to help slow this virus in our county and help our citizens," Bean said.

Crockett County received it's first coronavirus case on June 4. On July 8, Crockett County had 13 cases. Since July 8, cases have spread rapidly throughout the county.

"We as a clinic feel that that was a great move on the part of Crockett County to partner with Texas Tech for quick tests results, and it is a huge plus to have that in place for our community. We sincerely appreciate all the effort that was put into it, and the ongoing effort to keep couriers in place to get the test there 5-6 days a week," said Susan Bilano, director of the Family Health Center of Ozona on Bean's Facebook post. 

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.

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