COVID- 19 UPDATE

COVID- 19 UPDATE

NOTICE:  There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in the Coastal Bend area as of Noon on March 16, 2020

Stay informed, Avoid Infection, Reduce the Spread:  Read the “President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to slow the Spread” and follow his guidelines.

Learning what the hazards and prevention methods are for COVID-19 can help keep you and your loved ones protected.

COVID-19 or the coronavirus is a common illness.  The strain that has caused a wide-spread contamination since December 2019 (COVID-19) is a new, or “novel”, strain of this virus.  Very few people have an immunity to this illness since it is new.  This partly explains the rapid spread of this virus over the past 4 months.  Furthermore, there are no vaccines or preventative medications for COVID-19 at this time.

At the time of this notice there are currently 57 confirmed cases in Texas.¹

There are 3,487 cases (confirmed and presumptive positive) in the United States with 68 deaths due to COVID-19.²   It is important to understand that getting the COVID-19 virus does not always result in death.  Thousands will recover.

Exposure and infection of COVID-19 is mostly spread through contact with an infected individual through coughing, sneezing, shaking hands, hugging or touching a surface that has been infected with the germ.  Touching your eyes, face or mouth after contact with a person infected puts you at a high risk of becoming infected yourself.

An infected person does not always show signs of illness.  The incubation period of COVID-19 is approximately 14 days.  This means that the individual could be contagious at any time within those 14 days.

 

PREVENTION:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and as often as possible with soap and water. If you can’t wash your hands because soap and water are not available, then use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Do NOT touch your face: especially your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Wipe down surfaces frequently especially if they have been touched.

Examples would include keyboards, door handles, counter tops, pin pads, restroom fixtures, handrails, etc.  Then wash your hands again just to make sure.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who you suspect might be infected (social distancing) This distance is derived from the typical distance an individual’s fluids travel when sneezing or coughing.

 

SYMPTOMATIC OR ILL:

  • If you are not well, please STAY HOME!!! Even if it only feels like a mild cold or cough
  • Inform anyone in your household that you are not feeling well and have them disinfect common areas and other touched areas.
  • If you work, ask coworkers to disinfect your work space and anything you may have touched.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely. If your fever or cough gets worse or you feel increasingly short of breath, get medical attention.
  • If you must go out while you are not feeling well, wear a mask to prevent infecting others.

 


 

For more information or if you have questions, please call or email your local or state resources:

San Patricio County resources:

Clara Rieder, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office

Clara.rieder@co.san-patricio.tx.us

361-587-3530

 

James Mobley, MD, MPH, Health Authority of San Patricio County

jmobley@co.san-patricio.tx.us

361-643-4546

 

Texas Resource:

Department of Human & Health Services

Coronavirus Center: 1-877-570-9779

 

DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: (Click Here to view)

LETTER FROM DESIREE VOTH RE CORONAVIRUS:  (Click Here to View)

 

References:

¹ https://dshs/texas.gov/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus

Texas Department of Human and Health Services – Texasa Case Count as of March 16, 2020

² https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – US Cases as of March 16, 2020