• There are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Pecos County. There have been tests administered and some are still awaiting results.
• Both the Fort Stockton City Council and Pecos County Commissioners Court will hold meetings at 2 p.m. today to discuss shelter-in-place orders. They are separate meeting. Click this link to learn how to attend.
• Iraan has postponed elections from May 2 to Nov. 3 for the school district, hospital district and city council. The Fort Stockton City Council and Buena Vista ISD did the same last month. The Fort Stockton ISD has not moved its election from May 2, which includes a bond measure and a contested school board seat.
• School Material Pickup: The FSISD made adjustments to pickup and drop off of materials at three schools: Alamo, Apache and the intermediate campuses. At those site, pickup will be on Monday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The pick up area and system will remain the same at all schools. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school. This was according to a Facebook post by the FSISD. We are assuming the the middle and high school campuses will continue with pick up and drop off each Monday and Friday between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and between 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. This is a drive-thru service.
• Reminder that Pecos County closed playground equipment and basketball courts at its parks. The dog park remains open, as do walking trails. The county also instituted a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for people ages 17 and under. This is separate from the curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to all people within the Fort Stockton City limits.
• Do you need help with unemployment applications? Click this link for more information:https://www.fortstocktonpioneer.com/stories/laid-off-from-work-out-of-a-job-here-are-some-online-resources-and-phone-numbers,25287?
• Easter Services: The Pioneer is collecting a list of Easter Service. E-mail information to email@example.com. Please click this link for current listings and more information:https://www.fortstocktonpioneer.com/stories/please-send-us-your-easter-service-information,25250?
• When should you go to the hospital? Click this link for comparison of symptoms and numbers to call before you go:
• PCMH's Dr. Young offers an update and tips for the Coronavirus: https://www.fortstocktonpioneer.com/stories/pcmhs-dr-young-offers-update-on-tips-on-covid-19,25283?
• According to Texas Department State Health Services data as of 12 p.m. Thursday, April a, there are confirmed cases in 143 of 254 Texas counties. There are 4,669 cases reported and 70 deaths.
• According to Johns Hopkins Medical University data as of 11:45 a.m. today, here are West Texas totals with the following confirmed cases:
Pecos Cunty: 0
Ector County: 11
Midland County: 16, with one death.
Crane County: 2
Tom Green County (San Angelo): 9
Val Verde County (Del Rio): 5
El Paso: 75
Lubbock County: 108 with two deaths
Hockley County: 7
Terry County: 4
Dawson County: 3
Lynn County: 2
Gaines County: 1
Martin County: 1
• Nationally: Johns Hopkins is reporting 216,768 confirmed cases, 5,1487 deaths and 8,710 recoveries.
• FSISD meals: Breakfast and lunch meals are available to children 18 and under Monday through Friday from from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Drive-thru pick-up lanes are available at the north side of Fort Stockton Intermediate School. The district asks that parents complete an online form at http://bit.ly/FSISDMealCount. The information will help the school prepare the proper amount of meals, as well as to be in position to collect state or federal reimbursement should funds be made available. Lunches are also available through curb-side service at First Baptist Church between noon and 1 p.m. on Fifth Street off of Gillis Street.
• Download Kid Scoop for free: Each Monday, we are posting our weekly Kid Scoop page for free download. The page from our March 26 edition is available here (Our April 2 page will be posted on April 6):https://www.fortstocktonpioneer.com/stories/download-our-weekly-kid-scoop-page-for-free,25246?
• Online Dance Contest: The Pioneer and The Gonzalez Family of Fort Stockton is offer you a chance to win a $100 gift card in our Online Dance Contest. Just post a 30-second video of your best moves between now and April 12. The public will vote online from April 13 to 19 to determine the winner! Go to this link to enter or to check out the competition: http://fortstocktonpioneer.com/dance-contest/index.html#/gallery/
• E-Edition and print edition deals: Support The Pioneer by subscribing to the e-edition or our mail devliery. We have special deals for both at this link: http://fortstocktonpioneer.com/stories/try-our-e-edition-for-8-weeks-for-just-5,25204?
Just some basic reminders:
• There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
• There is not a cure for the virus, although several drugs are being tested or tried on patients.
• The best way to avoid catching the virus is through prevention:
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Remember to clean your finger tips as well as the rest of your hand!
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people.
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel sick
Call your healthcare provider or hospital BEFORE leaving you house for medical care. You will be screened and provided instruction.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth – especially if your hands are not clean
• Fort Stockton has a curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m daily. There is NO curfew issued by the county. If you are commuting to work, drive as part of your work, or are going to the hospital, you are exempt from the curfew. Otherwise, please stay home. The curfew only applies to the city.
• Hotels, motels and RV parks remain open. An estimated 1,000 people are in long-term residence at our hotels due to jobs in the oil and gas industry. We are also an interstate commerce hub, so truckers also need a place to rest. Hotels are taking extra disinfecting steps and have closed common areas, dining areas, breakfast bars, gyms and pool areas. Social distancing is also being practiced.