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Jim Wells County Emergency Management 

Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez and the Office of Emergency Management continue to monitor the information, on a daily basis, that is being shared by state and federal officials regarding COVID-19.

At this time (1-21-2021), there are five (5) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and zero (0) backlog cases for January 20, 2021.  

Jim Wells County has received confirmation of three (3) retracted cases.

Jim Wells County has a total of three thousand and forty-four(3044) cases of Covid-19. 

DSHS Dashboard shows 2,844 Recoveries, 555 Active, 70 Fatalities and 431 Probables. Data as of 1-20-2020

This is all the information that the DSHS Press Release included.

Per DSHS, we are not allowed to release any further zip code information on positive cases within the county to protect the personal information of the Covid-19 patients.  DSHS has a public line open to address public questions at 956-421-5505.

The patients are currently isolated. DSHS is supporting Jim Wells County in identifying any close contacts of the patient so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms.  

We know and understand that there are some surrounding communities across the region where some possible cases may exist, but it’s for this very reason that we all must take precautions in our homes and when we go out into the public.

As simple as it may sound, washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough is one of the best methods of prevention to stop the spread of germs.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Public Health Region 11 is reminding the public that it is conducting contact investigation on persons who have tested positive to determine possible exposure to others. If the health department has not contacted you, there is no need to take any action at this time.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Public Health Region 11 and Jim Wells County continue to work together against COVID-19.

One of the best places to get up-to-date information on COVID-19 is from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website at: dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/

Or you can contact the DSHS COVID-19 Call Center at: 1-877-570-9779; Monday –Friday from 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Another great source of information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at: cdc.gov/coronavirus/

The CDC COVID-19 telephone line is: 1-800-232-4636.

Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.  For the latest information from the Department of State Health Services regarding COVID-19 vaccines, visit https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx .

The Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Locations map (https://tdem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3700a84845c5470cb0dc3ddace5c376b) is available from the Department of State Health Services to see if and where you might be able to get a vaccine today. Remember, your ability to get a vaccine today or this week will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic, or facility. Please call ahead to your provider.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

We are vigilant and reporting results for COVID-19 in the region. We are also working together to educate and promote social distancing and staying at home.

In order to share facts and not fear, we continue to emphasize the importance of prevention and there are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent
spreading the virus:

  • Wear a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth)
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a 60%alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and stop the spread of coronavirus

Local, state, and federal government officials will continue to work alongside the medical professionals at the CDC and along with state and local health authorities.

Again, visit the websites daily to find all the current information including prevention and detection. 

JWC PRESS RELEASE (Updated on January 21, 2021)


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