Teacher, student test positive for COVID-19

Pecos County Emergency Management Coordinator says there is no risk to students and staff on campus


A Fort Stockton ISD teacher and one student have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Pecos County Emergency Management Coordinator Jessie Dominguez.

An elementary teacher and a high school student have been confirmed positive with COVID-19 and have been self-quarantining at home since Monday. Neither has been on campus since. The teacher may have possibly contracted the virus from traveling while the student contracted the virus from a confirmed case while attending a party, said Dominguez.

“As far as the teacher, we don’t think it (has spread). As far as students for the high school level, we don’t know because we don’t know who was at that party,” Dominguez said. “Whoever was in close contact with these people will be notified by the parent of the student or by DSHS.”

The teacher was tested on Aug. 13 and the student was tested on Aug. 10. 

City, county and statewide orders require individuals to wear masks while in public and prohibit the gathering of more than 10 people, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The county is currently reporting 27 in-county active cases as of Aug. 13, with 177 in-county positive cases out of 1,606 tests. There have been two deaths and 148 in-county recoveries.

The Pioneer will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.