COVID-19 active case numbers plummet

FSISD staff member only active case in school system

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Recoveries from COVID-19 far surpassed new active cases from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10 and as a result active case numbers dropped from 64 to 34 in a week’s time in Pecos County.

A total of 47 residents from Pecos County recovered over the past week while only 17 people tested positive in that span.

No new fatalities occurred over the past seven days although Pecos County COVID-19 related deaths moved from 18 to 19 due a death being referred from Brewster County to Pecos County from a fatality that occurred on Oct. 21. The death was an 81-year-old female who was hospitalized at PCMH on Oct. 14.

Also, this past week a COVID-19 update from the Fort Stockton Independent School District was given by Assistant Superintendent Gilray Madrid on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Fort Stockton Pioneer’s weekly update via Facebook live with county judge Joe Shuster and mayor Chris Alexander.

Madrid stated that since the start of the school year 15 students and 13 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Nov. 5, only one staff member had not recovered, and no students were active cases.

Of the 15 students who have tested positive for the coronavirus, 11 have been high school students.

The FSiSD does temperature scans of students and staff everyday to minimize the spread of the virus. Thus far, no students have had temperatures on any campus.

The assistant superintendent also said the school is following protocols set in place by the Texas Education Agency.

“What we do is we notify the individuals of that campus – the parents and staff – and let them know there is a positive test. Sometimes it can be a few days later when they’re cleared to come to school,” Madrid said. “The rules have changed throughout this whole process. If people have no symptoms after 10 days they can come to school and work. If they don’t then they have four more days they wait. We also encourage if anyone is being tested in the household to keep the students at home. We’ll work with you till everyone gets cleared, them come back to work or school.”

Madrid added that if any student travels internationally and returns they need to quarantine 14 days before returning to school as recommended by the CDC.

COVID-19 statistics in Pecos County since the start of the pandemic is as follows. There have been 2,741 people tested for COVID-19 with 2,120 coming back as negative tests.

There is 79 tests currently pending and 444 positive tests since the start of the pandemic. A total of 391 people have recovered from the virus and a total of 19 deaths – putting the death rate at 4.2 percent for positive tests in Pecos County.

Here is a list of most recent active cases in Pecos County, dating back a report date of Saturday, Nov. 7:

Case #437 39-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Nov. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case #438 12-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Nov. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case #439 27-year-old male with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Nov. 2 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case #440 17-year-old female with contraction from confirmed case. Tested on Nov. 2 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case #441 42-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Nov. 9 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case 442 12-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Nov. 10 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case #443 36-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Nov. 5 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

Case #444 14-year-old male with unknown contraction. Teste on Nov. 4 at PCMH. Self-quarantined at home.

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