One person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Joe’s Fina Mart

VICTORIA, Texas- Victoria County now has a total of 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Victoria County Public Health Department is identifying anyone who had close contact with the patients while they were sick so they can be isolated, 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:

  • Friday, March 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Fina Mart, 15265 US 87, Placedo, TX
    77977

The risk of contracting the virus from these exposures is low, and isolation is not required for anyone who 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 health care provider. Health department officials have been in contact with this facility 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 the 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.

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