Confirmed COVID-19 case exposure locations identified in Victoria County
VICTORIA, Texas- Victoria County is reporting the first 3 cases of COVID-19. These individuals are experiencing mild symptoms and are isolating at home at this time. The Victoria County Public Health Department is identifying any close contacts of the patient while sick, so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.
However, it is possible that individuals who visited the following locations at the dates listed may have been exposed:
- Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th at Loan Max, 3201 N Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77901
- Saturday, March 21st, at Sprint Store, 6230 N Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904
The risk of contracting the virus from these exposures is low and isolation is not required for anyone that does not have symptoms. If you believe you have been exposed, monitor yourself closely for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath for 14 days after the exposure. If you experience any of these symptoms and do not need urgent medical attention, isolate at home and contact your healthcare provider.
Health department officials have been in contact with both of these facilities and have been advised that they have conducted a thorough cleaning to limit any further spread of the illness.
There are things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- 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.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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.
For information and questions, please call the Victoria COVID-19 hotline during business hours at 361-580-5796. After business hours, please refer to www.victoriatxoem.org or the Victoria County Public Health Department’s Facebook page for the most up to date information.
The information in this article was provided in a press release from the Victoria County Public Health Department.