Two more cases tied to TDCJ N5 Unit; Pecos County now at 13 confirmed cases

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Pecos County now has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – eight that are still active – after two more positive test results were reported tonight.

According to Pecos County Judge the two new cases are tied to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's N5 Unit in Fort Stockton. All eight of the county's active cases are tied to the unit.

Case #12 is reported as a 28-year-old female employee at N5. She was tested April 29 at a National Guard mobile testing unit in Mertzon. Sh is self-quarantined at home.

Case #13 is a male offender at the N5 Unit who was tested April 29 and is in isolation cell.

The county's first five cases – including one from N5 – have cleared quarantine and are listed as "recovered" by the state. 

After at least 14 days of quarantine, a person takes two COVID-19  tests 24 hours apart. Both must come back negative in order to be deemed recovered. 

Last week, with the county under four active confimred cases, Shuster filed paperwork with the state that allows rural counties with five or fewer cases to move from the 25% capacity limit for restaurants and non-essential businesses in Phase 1 of the Gov. Abbott's orders, directly to 50% capacity allowed under Phase 2. 

Phase 1 started May 1. So, Pecos County businesses can now allow customers inside their businesses at 50% of capacity – a limit that is  optional for businesses. A business may allow fewer people inside, or none at all. It cannot go above 50%.

The new cases do not affect the Phase 2 standing. Under the governor's guidelines, a reversal to Phase 1 would only occur is the county saw more than three active cases per 1,000 residents – or about 45 cases – or if the county had five consecutive new positive cases. 

Pecos County's Confirmed cases

Here are the confirmed cases of COVID-19 for Pecos County as of May 4, according to Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster (Recovered cases in italics):

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 was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

Case #4: 49-year-old male was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Shuster did not have the test date. He is an employee at TDCJ N5 in Fort Stockton. 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.

Case #6: Offender 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. She is an employee at TDCJ N5 in Fort Stockton. 

• 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.

• Case #10 is a 39-year-old male who tested at National Guard mobile unit in Fort Stockton and is quarantined at home with Case #9.

• Case #11 is a 59-year-old male who is in home quarantined with his spouse. He was tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital on April 27. 

• Case #12 is reported as a 28-year-old female employee at N5. She was tested April 29 at a National Guard mobile testing unit in Mertzon. Sh is self-quarantined at home.

• Case #13 is a male offender at the N5 Unit who was tested April 29 and is in isolation cell.

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.

 

County Stats

According to COVID-19 testing number released Monday afternoon by Pecos County, to date, 168 people have been tested.

Of those, 13 are still awaiting results for the their tests, 142 have tested negative, 11 tested positive, and two confirmed cases tied to El Paso County were tested here. Five of Pecos County's 11 cases have cleared quarantine and are now listed as recovered. 

• 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 County: 11, 5 recovered

Ector County: 81, with 4 deaths

Midland County: 89, with 8 deaths.

Crane County: 2

Reeves County: 5

Winkler County: 3

Glassock County: 1

Andrews County:  21

Martin County: 2

Howard County: 4, with 1 death

Mitchell County: 1

Nolan County: 2

Tom Green County (San Angelo): 78, with 1 death

Val Verde County (Del Rio): 13

El Paso: 998, with 22 deaths

Dawson County: 26, with 1 death

Gaines County: 2

Terry County: 11

Yoakum County: 1

Lynn County: 5, with 1 death

Garza County: 3

Crosby County: 2, with 1 death

Lubbock County: 553 with 44 deaths

Hockley County: 20, with 1 death

Cochran County: 1

Texas: The state is reporting 32,332 confirmed cases, 884 deaths and 16,090 recoveries, with 407,398 people tested. Confomred case shave been reported in 213 of 254 counties. 

• Nationally: Johns Hopkins is reporting 1,171,041 confirmed cases, 62,000 deaths and 8,710 recoveries,with 7,123,222 people tested.

Pecos County's Confirmed cases

Here are the confirmed cases of COVID-19 for Pecos County as of May 4, according to Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster (Recovered cases in italics):

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 was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Quarantine over; listed as recovered.

Case #4: 49-year-old male was tested at Mallik Medical Clinic. Shuster did not have the test date. He is an employee at TDCJ N5 in Fort Stockton. 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.

Case #6: Offender 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. She is an employee at TDCJ N5 in Fort Stockton. 

• 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.

• Case #10 is a 39-year-old male who tested at National Guard mobile unit in Fort Stockton and is quarantined at home with Case #9.

• Case #11 is a 59-year-old male who is in home quarantined with his spouse. He was tested at Pecos County Memorial Hospital on April 27. 

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.

Testing in Iraan on May 8
The Texas National Guard mobile testing teams will be in Iraan to offer Free COVID-19 testing on Friday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Iraan Fire Station, 506 W. 6th St. 
 
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 by calling (512) 883-2400 or going to www.txcovidtest.org.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

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