COVID-19 patient from Yoakum visited 2 restaurants

YOAKUM, Texas – City of Yoakum Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management and DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management is reporting the first positive test result for COVID-19 in the area. The patient is a resident of rural Lavaca County with the Hallettsville zip code, and is currently hospitalized in Travis County.

DSHS is supporting both counties in identifying any close contacts of the patient while they were sick so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested if needed.

In order to assist with the contact investigation, individuals who visited these restaurants at the following times need to contact DSHS Region 8 Epidemiology by calling 210-949-2121.

· March 7th, 1:00PM: TacqueriaVallarta, 614 Irvine Street, Yoakum

· March 10th, 1:30PM: Sunken Garden Restaurant, 305 5th Street, Shiner

Taqueria Vallarta will be closed to do additional cleaning until Monday March 16th, 2020. The Sunken Garden Restaurant will remain open and continue the recommended cleaning. Patrons who visited Taqueria Vallarta should monitor their symptoms until March 21st, and patrons of the Sunken Garden should monitor their symptoms until March 24th. There is no need to limit your activities or movements during this time due to the low risk of exposure.

From the research into COVID-19 we know that about 80 percent of cases are mild with most people not needing hospitalization. However, older adults and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at a greater risk of complications.

Human coronaviruses like the one that causes COVID-19 are most commonly spread through coughing and sneezing, personal contact like shaking hands, and touching a surface with the virus and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent spreading them:

· 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 throw the tissue in the trash.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus, and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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