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April 7, 2020

Total Tests:88,649

          5,962 Public Labs
          82,687 Private Labs   

8,262 Cases Reported
154 Deaths

For a list of the 161 counties reporting cases, click here.

April 6, 2020

Total Tests:85,357

          5,611 Public Labs
          79,746 Private Labs   

7,276 Cases Reported
140 Deaths

For a list of the 157 counties reporting cases, click here.

April 3, 2020

Total Tests:55,764

          4,875 Public Labs
          50,889 Private Labs   

5,330 Cases Reported
90 Deaths

For a list of the 145 counties reporting cases, click here.

 



 

April 2, 2020
Golden Crescent COVID-19 Update

There are 41 confirmed cases in Golden Crescent counties:

1              Goliad
25           Victoria
4              DeWitt
2              Jackson
1              Lavaca
8              Calhoun

New evidence suggests the coronavirus is spreading from people who may have milder symptoms than first thought. The following are early signs of possible infection:

  • temperature of 99.2° or higher
  • dry cough
  • scratchy throat
  • body aches
  • fatigue

Governor Abbott has issued a stay-at-home order calling for all non-essential businesses to close. For information about which businesses are deemed essential, check the Texas Department of Emergency Management website at https://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/.


 


 

April 2, 2020

Total Tests:50,679

          4,540 Public Labs
          46,139 Private Labs   

4,669 Cases Reported
70 Deaths

For a list of the 143 counties reporting cases, click here.


 


April 1, 2020

 

Total Tests: 47,857

          4,259 Public Labs
          43,598 Private Labs   

3,997 Cases Reported
58 Deaths

For a list of the 135 counties reporting cases, click here.

 



 

March 31, 2020

Total Tests: 42,992

          3,934 Public Labs
          39,058 Private Labs   

3,266 Cases Reported
41 Deaths

For a list of the 122 counties reporting cases, click here.

 



 

March 27, 2020

Total Tests: 23,666

          2,886 Public Labs
          20,780 Private Labs   

1731 Cases Reported
23 Deaths

For a list of the 105 counties reporting cases, click here.

 



 

March 26, 2020

Total Tests: 21.424

          2,680 Public Labs
          18,744 Private Labs   

1396 Cases Reported
18 Deaths

For a list of the 92 counties reporting cases, click here.

 



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

March 24, 2020                                             Victoria County/City PIOs, 361-582-5871, 361-485-3110

                                                                        pio@victoriatxoem.org

Confirmed COVID-19 cases identified in Victoria County

The Victoria County Public Health Department identified three confirmed positive cases in Victoria County of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus.

Two Victoria County female residents in their 20’s and a male resident in his 30’s are in isolation at their home and are being monitored by the Victoria County Public Health Department (VCPDH).

The Victoria County Public Health Department also is monitoring the patients’ families, setting up tests and working to identify any contacts who may have been exposed while they were infectious. Anyone found to have had close contact with the patients will be contacted directly by county health care staff.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that COVID-19 cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. Fever, cough and/or shortness of breath may appear two-to-14 days after exposure.

There is not a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent this illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus through social distancing. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

By following preventative health measures, together, we can work to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you feel sick and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider and describe your symptoms, travel history and contact with any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

While VCPHD understands residents may be concerned, information suggests that most people who have become infected with COVID-19 only experience mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. People at higher risk for serious complications are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. VCPHD does not recommend that healthy individuals wear face masks to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Residents should only wear a mask if they are advised to do so by a health care professional.

For more information, please call the Victoria COVID-19 hotline at 361-580-5796 Monday through Friday during business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Victoria residents also can refer to www.victoriatxoem.org or the Victoria County Public Health Department’s Facebook page.

March 24, 2020

People Tested

Total 11,167
Public Labs 1,758
Private Labs 9,409*

*Number does not include the total tested by all private labs.


Texas COVID-19 Cases1

Total Statewide Cases 410
Deaths 9

To see county totals, scroll table below.

County of Residence2 Cases3 Deaths
Bell 4 -
Bexar 32 1
Bowie 1 -
Brazoria 18 -
Brazos 4 -
Brown 2 -
Cameron 6 -
Castro 2 -
Chambers 2 -
Collin 24 1
Comal 3 -
Crane 1 -
Dallas 34 4
Deaf Smith 2 -
Denton 20 -
DeWitt 1 -
El Paso 7 -
Ellis 5 -
Falls 1 -
Fannin 1 -
Fort Bend 11 -
Galveston 15 -
Grayson 1 -
Gregg 1 -
Harris 27 1
Hays 6 -
Hidalgo 2 -
Hockley 3 -
Johnson 2 -
Lavaca 1 -
Lubbock 2 -
Matagorda 3 1
McLennan 7 -
Medina 1 -
Midland 1 -
Montgomery 4 -
Nueces 1 -
Oldham 1 -
Parker 1 -
Potter 2 -
Rusk 1 -
Smith 5 -
Tarrant 35 1
Travis 22 -
Webb 5 -
Wichita 4 -
Williamson 13 -
Pending County Assignment 63 -

1DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.
2Patient may be undergoing treatment in facilities in other counties.
3Does not include repatriation cases.

Read the full text of the declaration.

Why are these case counts different from what local jurisdictions are reporting?

The numbers include confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported by local and regional public health jurisdictions to DSHS and are listed by the person’s county of residence. They do not include residents of other states who were repatriated from China or a cruise ship on a U.S. government flight to JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio.

The numbers reported here may differ from what’s being reported at the local level for two reasons. Local jurisdictions receive the initial laboratory results and may report them publicly before reporting those cases to DSHS. Some jurisdictions may report cases diagnosed or treated in their area, even if the person lives in another county.

Occasionally, a county’s case count could go down. This would happen if a person was initially reported by one county, but the disease investigation determined they are actually a resident of another county or state.

How can Texans slow the spread of COVID-19?

  • The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Texans must act now.
  • Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, older, and/or have a medical condition.
  • If you are sick, stay home except to access medical care. If you are able to take care of yourself, stay home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and non-essential trips into public.
  • Cancel events of more than 10 people.
  • Limit close contact (at least six feet) with other people. Employers should allow alternative work options as much as possible.

What else can people do to protect themselves and others?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Who is at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19?

Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

DSHS has additional information on the COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.


 


 

As of 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Goliad County government has closed down general public access to the Goliad County courthouse until further notice.

The general public should access the county's website at http://co.goliad.tx.us for phone and email addresses to contact county departments with questions and to communicate with them. A copy of the contact roster will also be available on the courthouse door.

All doors will remain locked at all times.


Also based on CDC and DSHS recommendations, all public gatherings of 10 persons or more in Goliad County should be canceled until further notice.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all meals at the Goliad County Senior Center will be take-out only. The home deliveries will continue as usual.

County Court, scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, has been canceled. Defendants will be notified when new court dates have been set.

The Juvenile Probation Department is closed until further notice. All office visits will be conducted over the phone. JPO Abby Lankster can be reached at 361-575-0399 or abbylankster@goliadcountytx.gov.

 

Based on advice from the DSHS Region 8 medical authorities and the CDC, the Goliad County Fair and all associated activities have been canceled. The Fair Association is working on a plan that will allow the animal judging to proceed; however, this will occur without spectators -- only exhibitors and immediate family will participate. Details of this plan will be available as soon as possible' check the Goliad County Fair Association website and/or social media pages.

Notice from the Goliad County Library:

In order to maximize the protection of our patrons and staff we feel it necessary to be closed to the public for a period of time beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, 2020. At that time we will re-access the circumstances and update our patrons.

If interested in e-books, feel free to phone the library for assistance.

If, during this time you need research assistance, please email your request to sparks@goliadcountytx.gov.

We ask patrons to please return all items to the drop box as they become due. Please give us a call if you need to recheck any materials.

For more information, please call 361-645-2291, or email the Library Director atcjanota@goliadcountytx.gov

We wish our patrons well during this difficult time.