24th COVID-19 may be first from N5 Unit cases to go beyond TDCJ staff and family members

7 other positive cases assigned at El Paso County are quarantining in El Paso

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Pecos County's 24th confirmed COVID-19 case is connected to two earlier cases, which are connected to cases from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's N5 Unit.
 
The 41-year-old male is reported by county officials to have tested on May 12 and as a co-worker of Case #16, a 39-year-old male.
 
The county did not provide the name of business where the two men are co-workers, but Emergency Management Coordinator Jessie Dominguez said the two worked by themselves. But it appears that the county has seen its first spread of N5 Unit COVID-19 cases beyond employees and family members of the TDCJ. 
 
He is the county's first active case since April 15 that is beyond the TDCJ group. Of the county's 24 cases, 19 are TDCJ employees or staff and five are not. Four of those five were connected.

The county did not provide the name of business where the two men are co-workers, but Emergency Management Coordinator Jessie Dominguez said the two worked by themselves and the case is not classified as “community spread.”

Case #16 was tested May 5, with possible exposure from Case #11, a household member who is a 59-year-old male employee of the TDCJ N5 Unit
 
The county now has 15 active cases, all of which are quarantining at home. 

As of Tuesday, Dominguez reported for Pecos County:

• 387 Tested

• 334 Negative

• 20 Pending

• 24 Positives

• 9 Positive but refer to El Paso County per DSHS (2 El Paso quarantined here recovered)

• 9 Recovered

None of the confirmed cases were hospitalized. 

Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster said last week that the TDCJ has set up a "Strike Team" to test every employee and inmate at the agency's units across the state. 

Pecos County’s Confirmed cases

Here is a list of confirmed cases from Pecos County. (Recovered cases in italics):

• Case #1: 54-year-old woman was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic on March 27. Her test results came back from a private laboratory on April 4. Exposure source not determined. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #2: 50-year-old male was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. According to Shuster, the man is listed as a “close member to Case #1.” Shuster said he could not provide additional information on the relationship. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #3: A male listed in the 65-70 age group. He reportedly came in contact with Case #2. He was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #4: 49-year-old male was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Shuster did not have the test date. He is an employee at TDCJ N5 in Fort Stockton. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #5: 39-year-old male tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Source contact not released. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #6: Offender at TDCJ N5 Unit in Fort Stockton. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #7: 47-year-old female is self-quarantine at home with her husband. Test was done by PCMH. She is an employee at TDCJ N5 in Fort Stockton.  

• Case #8: A 37-year-old woman tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital.  She is an employee at the TDCJ N5 Unit in Fort Stockton, and has been connected to Case #6, an inmate at the state prison facility. TDCJ N5 Unit in Fort Stockton. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #9: A 35-year-old female tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital . She is an employee at the state’s TDCJ N5 Unit, making her the third case tied to the site, joining cases #6 and #8. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #10 is a 39-year-old male who tested at National Guard mobile unit in Fort Stockton and is quarantined at home with Case #9. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

• Case #11 is a 59-year-old male employee of the TDCJ N5 Unit who is in home quarantined with his spouse. He was tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital on April 27. 

• Case #12 is reported as a 28-year-old female employee at N5. She was tested April 29 at a National Guard mobile testing unit in Mertzon. She is self-quarantined at home.

• Case #13 is a male offender at the N5 Unit who was tested April 29 and is in isolation cell.

• Case #14 is a 53-year-old female employee at the N5 Unit. She was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic on April 28 and has been quarantined at home.

• Case #15: 45-year-old male employee at the N5 Unit. He was tested May 3 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home with family.

• Case #16: 39-year-old male with possible contraction as a family member of Case #11. He who was tested May 5 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home. 

• Case #17: 67-year-old female employee. Tested May 9 at PCMH. Quarantined at home. 

• Case #18: 48-year-old male employee at the Lynaugh Unit and spouse of Case #7. Tested May 9 at PCMH. Quarantined at home. 

• Case #19: 64-year-old female employee at the N5 Unit who was tested May 9 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

• Case #20: 37-year-old male employee at the N5 Unit who was tested May 9 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

• Case #21: 35-year-old male employee at the TDCJ Lynaugh Unit who was tested May 9 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

• Case #22: 51-year-old male employee at the TDCJ's N5 Unit in Fort Stockton who tested postive for COVID-19 duirng testing May 12 at PCMH. He is quarantining at home according the Judge Joe Shuster.
 
• Case #23: 65-year-old female who may have contracted the virus from Case #11 or #16. She is quaranting at home. 
 
• Case #24: 41-year-old male with possible contraction from Case #16, who is a co-worker. He tested on May 12. He is quarantinung at home. 

• In addition, seven employees of the N5 unit who tested positive May 9 at PCMH have been assigned to El Paso County per the Texas Department of State Health Services. All are quarantining in El Paso County.

• Two people from El Paso County who tested positive at Pecos County Memorial Hospital and quarantined at a home in Pecos County. Quarantine over; listed as recovered. These cases were assigned by the state to the tracking totals for El Paso County.

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