County holds fast at 8 COVID-19 cases

Staff Reports
Posted 6/2/20

For the second consecutive week, there were no new reported cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, in Madison County. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, seven cases in the county have recovered and there have still been no fatalities tied to the virus in the county.

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County holds fast at 8 COVID-19 cases

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For the second consecutive week, there were no new reported cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, in Madison County. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, seven cases in the county have recovered and there have still been no fatalities tied to the virus in the county.

“We are still receiving reports of tests being collected, but we have not received any additional positive reports at this time,” Madison County Emergency Coordinator Shelly Butts said by e-mail Tuesday, adding that the numbers are always subject to change at a moment’s notice.

Monday marked the beginning of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico, which creates added concern if a storm causes evacuation from coastal areas. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Three sits just off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and is close to tropical storm levels.

“Should the coast need to evacuate, we could likely see an influx of people, as we have before, but this time with the COVID-19 possibilities added to the mix,” Butts said.

As of Monday afternoon, DSHS said there were 66,480 cases of COVID-19 reported in Texas, with 19,864 of those cases listed as “active.”

Texas reported 593 more cases of the new coronavirus Monday, bring the average daily new cases over the past week to 1,273. Only a handful of counties in Texas – 23 of 254 – have not yet reported cases of the virus, which has led to 1,678 fatalities across the state.

There was a large spike in cases in Pecos County Friday when officials learned that 65 cases of COVID-19 had been reported among the offender population at the Texas Department of Criminal Jutice's N5 Unit in Fort Stockton. According to the Fort Stockton Pioneer, the cases caused an immediate spike in the county's total on state and national tracking web sites – pushing it from 28 cases to 93. Pecos County was not told directly about the cases, instead learning of it through the tracking sites and calls from concerned people in the county.

Over the weekend, protests broke out around the county over the death of George Floyd while being detained by police in Minneapolis, bringing 1000s of people to the streets despite social distancing guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19.

According to a story in the Texas Tribune, Austin Mayor Steve Adler cited the virus in an announcement that he would not attend any demonstrations. He urged protesters Sunday “to be disciplined about social distancing” by wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart — even as protesters and police officers stood shoulder to shoulder in gatherings of 200 or more.

In Harris County, which includes Houston, County Judge Lina Hidalgo asked protesters to consider showing support for the demonstrations virtually. “Today, the threat of COVID-19 continues to linger in our community, and close contact with others can be potentially deadly and lead to an outbreak,” she said in a statement.

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