County reopens playground equipment, benches at parks; pools to open first week of June


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 the county's park, including Rooney Park in Fort Stockton. 

Each site with have limited capacity and enforce social distancing in and around the pool. 

Earlier this week, the CDC changed its website to read that "COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes."

The site also states that while it appears possible to contract COVID-19 from touching a service and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, it no longer is viewed as a main way to spread the virus. In addition, the chance of spread from an animal to a human is said to be low. 

Here is the text from the CDC web page: "How COVID-19 Spreads"

Social distancing requirements are still in place, as is a limit of gatherings to 10 or fewer people. 

Pool to reopen

The five pools in Pecos County are on track to reopen the first week of June, according to Shuster. 

• Iraan: Will open June 1

• Sheffield: Will open June 1

• Comanche Springs (Fort Stockton): Will open June 4 from 12 to 8 p.m.

• Cayonosa: TDB bettwen June 1 and 4

• Imperial: TDB bettwen June 1 and 4