Lavaca County OEM reports 4 new cases of COVID-19

32 active verified cases

 

Lavaca County OEM New case number July 8th

Courtesy of Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management.

LAVACA COUNTY, Texas- Lavaca County Emergency Management is reporting 4 new DSHS Region 8 CONFIRMED cases of Covid-19.

Sorted by zip code and not necessarily in city limits, there are 3 new ACTIVE cases in Shiner, and 1 new ACTIVE case in Hallettsville. DSHS has given proper guidance to verified active COVID-19 patients to follow. *Please note that case counts are subject to change at the time of publication and may differ from what is reported by other regional sources, including “Estimated Numbers” from the DSHS COVID-19 Dashboard.

Cases Pending Investigation Explained:

Cases Pending are patients who have indicated they are a resident of “Lavaca County” on their lab work and they are positive for covid-19. Because of the backlog, cases are placed in the pending category, until the DSHS team follows up with the patient and completes the investigation. Once the investigation is completed, depending on the turnaround, a case will move from pending to verified or recovered. Recapping, Cases Pending Investigation ARE POSITIVE for COVID-19. We add the Case Pending number to the Verified Active number, which gives you the Total Currently Active for Lavaca County. Lavaca County Verified Case’s, recoveries, and deaths, are broken down by zip-code on the bottom of the attached graphic. We hope this helps you better understand how we’re breaking down the cases for Lavaca County as we receive them from DSHS to share with you.

LCEM encourages you to visit dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/ to find up-to-date coronavirus information and what to do if you’re sick, testing information, as well as guidance for Opening the State of Texas.

All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by DSHS at https://open.texas.gov/.

Local information on Lavaca County COVID-19 response may be found on the LCEM page on co.lavaca.tx.us or https://www.facebook.com/LavacaCoEM/.

Since March 13, 2020, the messaging from Lavaca County Emergency Management remains the same. We need your help to stop the spread of this virus within Lavaca County therefore, it is imperative that we continue to do the following:

• Wear a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth)

• Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• If soap and water are not available, use a 60% 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.

• Stay at home and stop the spread of coronavirus

 

Regional COVID-19 Testing Opportunities:

WEIMAR/COLUMBUS – Charles “Chuck” Rogers Emergency Management Coordinator reports COVID-19 testing to be held Saturday, July 11, hosted by the City of Weimar at the Colorado County EMS Station 5, 107 Bennie Koslar, Weimar, Texas and Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Colorado County Fair Grounds, 1146 Crossroads Blvd. in Columbus.

This is cost-free testing. Preregistration is required at https://txcovidtest.org/ or call 512-883-2400. When calling or trying to log on, please be patient. The site and the phone lines are limited to 1600 requests for registration. If you do not get through the first time, try again. You may be able to register the day of the test, but make that option your last resort.

CUERO – DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management in coordination with Texas Division of Emergency Management has arranged for the Texas Military to perform a Walk-Up Test Site in Cuero on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Cuero Municipal Park Pavilion. Beginning at 8:00 am. Tests will be limited to the first 500 persons. The park will remain closed for persons getting tested until 7:45 am. No one will be allowed to line up prior to 7:45 am when the gates are open.

All vehicles will enter from E Courthouse. Parking will be first come, first serve. You will not need a doctors order or prescription. If you have tested before and received a negative test result, it is not recommended to be retested unless you are showing new symptoms. Bring water to stay hydrated. Bring a snack, if needed while in line. Bring a chair if you cannot stand for an extended period of time. You cannot eat or drink 20 minutes prior to being tested. If you have questions, you may contact DeWitt County OEM at 361-275-0878.

LAVACA COUNTY COVID-19 WALK-UP Testing Recap:

A total of 1,303 people took advantage of the COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing last week in Yoakum, Hallettsville, and Shiner.

At Yoakum out of 500 total tests, a total of 352 tested negative, while 133 tested positive, out of those there were 49 Lavaca County Residents who tested positive, while 128 tested negative for COVID-19. At the testing site in Hallettsville, out of 500 total tests, a total of 392 tested negative, while 79 tested positive. Lavaca County Residents 233 tested negative, while 29 tested positive. At the Shiner test site out of 303 total tests, a total of 244 tested negative, while 53 tested positive, Lavaca County Residents, 114 tested negative, 17 tested positive.

Patients can expect results within 5 days from the day of testing. If you have questions or have not received your results, Please call 833-213-0643 or email covid@davacoinc.com.

More on COVID-19 Testing:
COVID-19 testing appointments are available in San Antonio/Bexar County by calling 210-233-5970 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day. Appointments are required for the Freeman Coliseum testing site (next to the AT&T Center) or the Texas MedClinic site at 2530 SW Military.

For more information on San Antonio testing sites, visit https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Testing. For more information about additional test sites state-wide, Visit the TDEM and DSHS Testing Site Maps to find a testing site near you at https://txcovidtest.org. Local hospitals and doctors’ offices may also provide testing.

GUIDANCE SITES

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

COVID-19 questions from the public can be directed to:  Email: coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov. Phone: Call 2-1-1 option 6.

Source: Lavaca County Office of Emergency Management. 

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