Medium-Risk Exposure Location Identified in Victoria County
VICTORIA, Texas- Victoria County has a total of 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Victoria County Public Health Department is identifying any close contacts while these patients were sick, so that they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.
It is possible that individuals who visited the following locations at the dates listed may have been exposed:
- Thursday, March 26-Saturday, March 28 and 8 a.m.-noon on March 30 at Toyota of Victoria, 5902 N. Navarro St., Victoria, TX 77904
Read more: Low-risk exposure has been reported at two other locations in Victoria on Tuesday March 31, 2020.
The risk of contracting the virus from these exposures is classified as a medium-risk, and isolation is not required for anyone that does not have symptoms. Anyone who believes they have been exposed are recommended to monitor themselves closely for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath for 14 days after the exposure. They also should avoid congregate settings and limit public activities. If anyone experiences any of these symptoms and does not need urgent medical attention, the health department advises those individuals to isolate at home, do not go to work and immediately contact a healthcare provider.
Health department officials have been in contact with this medium-risk facility and were advised that the facility has conducted a thorough cleaning to limit any further spread of the illness.
There are preventative measures everyone can take 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 prepare, those individuals 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 or visit www.victoriatxoem.org or the Victoria County Public Health Department’s Facebook page.
Source: Victoria County Department of Public Health.