After recent spike, COVID-19 numbers decline in Pecos County

Trick or treating still a go

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The active number COVID-19 cases are back on the decline in Pecos County after a two-week surge that saw active case numbers rise from six people to 46 between Sept. 22 to Oct. 6.

There are 31 active coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, Oct. 13. That’s 15 less active cases than a week prior.

From Oct. 6 to Oct. 13 there were 26 new active cases that were confirmed, but the recovery rate proved to be much higher than the previous two weeks. In that same period of time there were 36 recoveries.

At their weekly COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Fort Stockton Mayor Chris Alexander and Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster said that trick or treating for Halloween is still a go for now in Pecos County but that could change in the coming weeks.

“For right now with trick or treat being three weeks away, we feel like we’re going to let it go one more week as is. And we’ll make a decision on it next week,” Alexander said. “If our numbers keep climbing then more than likely we won’t be having trick or treating. If we can start getting them going in the right direction then maybe we’ll keep that in place.”

Shuster noted that a baseball tournament set to be hosted in Fort Stockton on Oct. 24 could have the same fate if numbers continue to rise.

“I’m going to be realistic. We could be look at cancelling both the baseball tournament and Halloween,” Shuster said.

The county judge also presented ideas to make trick or treating safer for kids and those handing out candy.

Precautions include those handing out candy wear masks, buy prewrapped candy at the store, and those handing out candy to wear rubber gloves.

Alexander added that PVC pipe shoots that you can send candy through to the trick or treaters would be a good idea to help maintain social distance.

As of Oct. 13, a total of 2,254 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Pecos County. Of those tests, 1,825 have came back negative, meaning a total of 315 individuals have tested positive.

There is a total of 37 tests still pending.

Over the past week there has been 16 new positive results that have derived from confirmed cases, the highest number over the past two months.

Here is a list of active cases as of Oct. 13:

  • Case #113: 41-year-old male with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested July 14 at PCMH. Hospitalized at MCH.
  • Case #265 68-year-old male with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #270 80-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 30 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.
  • Case #271 19-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 30 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #272 82-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 30 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.
  • Case #273 71-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 30 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #278 40-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 28 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #283 32-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 30 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #284 83-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 4 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.
  • Case #285 53-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 2 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #286 49-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #287 19-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #295 47-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 6 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.
  • Case #296 20-year-old female with possible contraction from travel. Tested on Oct. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #297 37-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #298 47-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 7 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #300 79-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 5. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #301 81-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 5 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #302 82-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 8 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #304 42-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 5 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #305 44-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 8 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.
  • Case #306 43-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 8 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #307 43-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 8 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #308 26-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 6 at Cactus. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #309 27-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 12 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #310 23-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 8 at Cactus. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #311 85-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 13 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.
  • Case #312 43-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 5 at FCNH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #313 53-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Oct. 5 at FCNH. Self-quarantine at home.
  • Case #314 73-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 5 at FCNH. Self-quarantined at FCNH.
  • Case #315 68-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Oct. 8 at FCNH. Self-quarantined at home.

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