Victoria OEM to closely monitor virus as scheduled press briefings end

VICTORIA, Texas — In the Victoria Office of Emergency Management’s last regularly scheduled COVID-19 press briefing, two new cases of the virus were reported to bring the county total to 148. Of those cases, 117 — or just under 80% — have been classified as recovered, while 26 active cases remain in the community. As of Thursday there are 10 individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 in Victoria County, three of them in intensive care.

While the county’s scheduled briefings concluded Thursday, local officials said additional COVID-19 response briefings will take place if a major change occurs in local numbers, or CDC guidelines change. The office’s coronavirus hotline will remain active.

Public Health Department Director David Gonzalez said he’s encouraged by the county’s progressed, but warned Victoria County residents to remain vigilant.

“So looking ahead, just keep in mind that we’re trying to get back into a routine, back to work, but the virus is still prevalent,” said Gonzalez. “It’s still out there. We see that around the country. We see that around the state.”

“It’s not meant to frighten or scare,” added Gonzalez. “Just be aware.”

Gonzalez also said at the briefing that the local public health and epidemiological response to COVID-19 in Victoria County would continue as it has since the outbreak of the virus, with local officials closely monitoring relevant numbers and data.

“While precautions from the community are still warranted, our COVID situation in Victoria is manageable,” said County Judge Ben Zeller. “And the effort of our community is showing results.”

Victoria OEM personnel said that the latest estimates show the county has tested over 1600 individuals for the novel coronavirus, and has been in contact with state officials about obtaining more test kits in the event the county were to run short.