Recent COVID-19 outbreak at PAM Southeast leaves 11 infected, county total at 115

VICTORIA, Texas — At Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Victoria County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) personnel addressed the recent coronavirus outbreak at Post Acute Medical Southeast that left 11 people infected, 7 of them Victoria County residents.

Victoria County Public Health Director David Gonzalez said a terminal cleaning is being performed at PAM Southeast, and that those exposed to the virus have been placed in mandatory isolation and those affected transferred to PAM North, which is currently functioning as a COVID-19 treatment center. The factors leading to the outbreak at PAM Southeast are still under investigation.

Gonzalez added that the outbreak has not led to any elevated threat of infection at Citizens Medical Center.

In total, the county reported one new case of the novel coronavirus, raising the number in Victoria County to 115. As of Friday afternoon, two county residents had died of the virus, while 69 have fully recovered. There are currently 44 active cases in the county, with 12 hospitalized and two in the ICU.

Emergency personnel said at the briefing that as of Friday, 1260 tests have been performed in Victoria County, an average of about 25 per day. There are currently 23 tests still pending.

County residents performing essential services in public are still highly encouraged to wear a mask or facial covering when outside their residence. At the briefing, local officials said they would be posting a “no-sew tutorial” to their Facebook page delivering instructions on how to make a homemade facial covering out of everyday materials.