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The Texas Attorney's General Office said today that inmates at prisons who test positive for COVID-19 will not be counted toward a county's active case total, according to Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster.  The decision has a major impact on Pecos County, as 65 inmates – officially termed "offenders" by the state – at the Texas Department of Criminal Justices' N5 Unit in Fort Stockton have tested positive for COVID-19 and are active cases.  Without the decision, Pecos County would have 67 active cases and exceeded the threshold of three active cases per 1,000 people (45 active cases) that would require the county to roll back to Phase 1 limits of 25% capacity for local businesses.  Instead, Pecos County is down to two active cases (#25 and #28 below) and has 28 confirmed cases with 26 recoveries. more
Gov. Greg Abbott announced his third phase Wednesday of reopening Texas businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing virtually all of them to operate at 50% capacity. That is effective immediately, and there are "very limited exceptions," Abbott's office said. Restaurants were already permitted to be open at 50% capacity. Abbott is allowing them to immediately increase their table size from six people to 10, and on June 12, they can ramp up their capacities to 75%. more
Late Friday night, officials in Pecos County learned that 65 cases of COVID-19 had been reported among the offender population at the Texas Department of Criminal Jutice's N5 Unit in Fort … more
UPDATED: Corrected to four active cases instead of three.  Pecos County is down to four active COVID-19 cases, according to information released by the Emergency Management … more
Pecos County officials breathed a big sigh of relief Wednesday night after each of the more than 130 residents and staff of Focus Care's Fort Stockton facility tested for COVID-19 came back with … more
Here's the agenda for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 26 meeting of the Pecos County Commissioners Court:   3. Court to consider and/or act upon approving Minutes of Previous … more
Here is the agenda for the May 26 meeting of the Fort Stockton City Council, along with remote access options for attendance.    TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020 5:30 p.m. MEETING … more
Three more COVID-19 cases in Pecos County have exited quarantine and are now listed as “recovered.” The cases were #12, #13, and #14. The three new recoveries bring the county to 13 … more
Fort Stockton High School held its 2020 graduation ceremony on Panther Field on Friday, May 22. Here is a photo gallery of the event.  more
“I asked some friends and friends of friends to join me in congratulating our students.”   AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today announcing the … more
Ten students from Pecos County earned Dean's List recognition from Angelo State University for the Spring 2020, the school announced May 22. Honorees were: • Fort Stockton: Roman Paul … more
Pecos County State Bank closed Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday.  more
Citing new recommendations for the Centers for Disease Control regarding sources for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster has reopened playground equipment and benches at … more
The first local concert since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is set for Zero Stone Park at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5 with Wayne West performing in the kick-off of the 2020 Live at Zero Stone concert series.  more
Staff from Pecos County Memorial Hospital tested 132 employees and residents for COVID-19 at the Focus Care nursing facility in Fort Stockton on May 18. The results are pending. No confirmed cases have been previously linked to the site.  The additional tests mean that 547 people have been tested in Pecos County. more
A 56-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 has been classified as “community spread,” marking the first such case designation since Pecos County’s first confirmed case back on April 5.  The woman, listed as Case #25, was tested May 18 at Mallik Medical Clinic. She is quarantining at home. In addition, a 41-year-old female listed at Case #26, tested positive May 19 at Cactus Health Services. She is quarantining at home. Her contraction is connected to Case #24.  Meanwhile, Case #15, a 45-year-old male employee at the N5 Unit, had cleared quarantine and is listed as recovered – the 10th recovery in the county.  There have been no fatalities or hospitalizations in the county tied to the Coronavirus. more
The annual Memorial Day Service at Zero Stone Park has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Michael Corkrum, the Veteran's Service Officer for Pecos County.  more
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its website information regarding the possible ways the COVID-19 virus is spread.  The date of the change is not clear, but the CDC site now … more
The Fort Stockton City Council approved an agreement with the Quality Inn motel to set aside 20 rooms for possible use by the city to house first responders or Texas Department of Criminal Justice … more
Here are the dates and times for local high school graduations. Please be sure to check with the school as attendance will be limited and restictions may apply. • Fort Stockton High School: 8 … more
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