FSISD employee tests positive for COVID-19

Active case number more than triples in past week

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COVID-19 active case numbers in Pecos County was at just six people on Tuesday, Sept. 22. That number more than tripled this past week as numbers climbed to 22 as of Tuesday, Sept. 29.

One of those cases is an employee with the Fort Stockton Independent School District. FSISD Superintendent Ralph Traynham gave the news at the monthly school board meeting on Monday, Sept. 28.

“We had one case and that came on Friday (Sept. 25),” he said. “We had eight tests today (Monday, Sept. 28) and one of those eight came back positive.”

No known cases have derived from the employee testing positive as of Monday.

Out of the 19 additional positive tests over the past week, eight cases were from unknown contractions, seven were from potential travel and four were from contracted from confirmed cases.

The age range of those 19 individuals varied from 7-years-old to 94-years-old. The 94-year-old was the lone case out of the 19 that was hospitalized.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 29 the total number of positive cases in Pecos County is at 267 people since the start of the pandemic. A total of 2,082 people have been tested and of those tested, 1,712 have tested negative for COVID-19. That’s means 82 out of every 100 people tested have negative test results.

State mandates are still in place to wear masks in public places and keep social distancing when possible.

Halloween is a go for trick or treaters

Kids and their parents that live in Pecos County received good news on Thursday, Sept. 24 regarding Halloween. Trick or treaters will be able to go house to house in the county to collect candy and treats according to County Judge Joe Shuster and Fort Stockton Mayor Chris Alexander.

Shuster and Alexander announced the news on their weekly Facebook live COVID-19 update on Sept. 24.

“What we decided was we feel like trick or treating can happen from our usual time 6-9 p.m. We are asking everyone to keep a mask on, use the same rules that are in place now. Put a mask on your kids. If you’re handing candy out keep your mask on. If you’re going to put a Halloween mask on put a COVID mask below that or decorate your COVID mask,” Alexander said.

What will not be able to happen is Trunk or Treat or Halloween Carnivals due to the large gathering of people those events bring together. Neither one of those are a go for this year as of Sept. 24 according to Alexander.

Halloween is on Saturday, Oct. 31 this year.

Here is a list of active cases currently in the county:

Case #113: 41-year-old male with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested July 14 at PCMH. Hospitalized at MCH.

Case #245 39-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 21 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #246 43-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 17 at Cactus. Hospitalized at PCMH.

Case #249 53-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 18 at Cactus. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #250 59-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 21. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #251 23-year-old male with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 21 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #252 50-year-old female with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 21 at PCMH.  Self-quarantine at home.

Case #253 47-year-old male with contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 24 at PCMH.

Case #254 53-year-old female with contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 24 at PCMH.

Case #255 35-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 24 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #256 7-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 24 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #257 16-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 24 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #258 34-year-old female with possible contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 25 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #259 14-year-old female with possible contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 23 at Cactus. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #260 44-year-old female with possible contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 23 at Cactus. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #261 32-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 28 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #262 10-year-old male with possible contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #263 36-year-old female with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #264 94-year-old female with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Hospitalized at PCMH.

Case #265 68-year-old male with contraction from a confirmed case. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #266 71-year-old female with possible contraction from travel. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

Case #267 50-year-old male with unknown contraction. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Tested on Sept. 29 at PCMH. Self-quarantine at home.

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