Crockett County reaches 84 positive COVID-19 cases, 60 active

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Crockett County has reached 84 positive COVID-19 cases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services on Friday, July 17.

The state's COVID-19 dashboard also stated that Crockett County has 60 active cases, 10 recovered and one death.

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.

Ozona residents have also been going to Sonora to get tested due to faster results.

All of the tests from Sonora are sent to the Texas Department of Health, said Lance Keilers, interim CEO of the Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital in Sonora.

If any tests are positive, they are allocated to Crockett County, Keilers said.

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.

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

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