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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 (9-23-2020), there are seven (7) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jim Wells County  bringing the total number of cases to one thousand-four hundred and fifty (1457).

  • Case # 1451: Female age 80-89
  • Case # 1452: Male age 50-59
  • Case # 1453: Female age 20-29
  • Case # 1454: Male age 70-79
  • Case # 1455: Male age 60-69
  • Case # 1456: Male age 20-29
  • Case # 1457: Female age 70-79
    

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. 

10 cases was removed from isolation on 9-23-2020. 

DSHS dashboard is showing 1379 recovered, 36 active cases and 35 deaths.   Last Updated on 9-23-2020

 

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.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

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 September 23, 2020)


PRESS RELEASE

September 14, 2020

Reference: COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, Jim Wells County

Jim Wells County had received confirmation for their nine-hundred-eighty-one (981) COVID-19 positive cases. After a deep case investigation, these patients confirmed that they were living in another jurisdiction (not Jim Wells County) and they have been removed from Jim Wells County’s total case count. On September 14, 2020 Jim Wells County received confirmation of one (1) additional COVID-19 cases. Jim Wells County has a total of one-thousand-three hundred-eighty-four (1384) COVID-19 confirmed cases.

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. 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

The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information and what to do if you're sick, testing information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Dr. Emilie Prot, DO, MPH

Regional Medical Director, Region 11

Department of State Health Services

JWC Case Correction Press Release (September 14, 2020)


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