County's 9th COVID-19 case is third tied to TDCJ N5 Unit

Three other cases moved to "recovered," out of quarantine

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Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster announced Saturday the county's ninth confirmed case of the Coronavirus:  a 35-year-old female who is self-quaratined at home with her family. She was tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital.

She is reported to be an employee at the state's TDCJ N5 Unit, making her the third case tied to the site. An inmate (Case #6) and another employee (Case #8) are the others from the N5 Unit. 

On Friday, in addition to Case #8, Shuster reported that three cases are now out of quarantine and listed as "recovered" by the state. 

Confirmed cases

Here are the confirmed cases of COVID-19 for Pecos County as of April 22, according to Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster:

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 is home quarantined. He was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. 

Case #4: 49-year-old male was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Shuster did not have the test date. He said the contact is not yet known.

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

Case #6: Inmate at TDCJ N5 Unit in Fort Stockton. No other information available.

• Case #7: 47-year-old female is self-quarantine at home with her husband. Test was done by PCMH and was cited as community spread.

• Case #8: A 37-year-old woman tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital. She is self-quarantined at home with her husband. 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. No other information available.

• Case #9: A 35-year-old female tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital who is self-quaratined at home with her family. 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.

In addition, two people from El Paso County tested positive at Pecos County Memorial Hospital and are quarantining at a home in Pecos County. These cases have been assigned by the state to the tracking totals for El Paso County.

The recovered cases are:

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

Friday's test stats

As of 1 p.m. Friday, Public Safety Officer Jesse Dominguez reported (numbers do not reflect Saturday's announcement):

• 90 Tested

• 67 Negative

• 13 Pending

• 8 Positives

• 2 Positive but refered to El Paso County per DSHS

• 3 Recovered

Free testing on Monday:

The Texas National Guard mobile testing teams will be in Fort Stockton to offer Free COVID-19 testing on Monday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Airport Fire Station Building 180 A Street. 

There are a limited amount of test kits. People will have to clear a pre-test screening process in order to be tested.

Remember: Test results are only as good as the day you are tested. You can be negative for the virus one day and catch it the next. Tests are a diagnostic tool meant to determine if someone needs to be quarantine or receive additional medical attention. 

It will be done by appointments only, so you must go online or call to begin registration within 48 hours of the testing date.  Call (512) 883-2400 or go to www.txcovidtest.org.

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