71 total cases, now three hospitalized
City of Columbus Mayor Lori An Gobert issued a new disaster declaration for the City of Columbus Friday, June 19.
The new declaration came after 11 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in the county in a four day period.
On Friday evening, there were 20 active and 23 recovered coronavirus cases for county residents.
Gobert said the new disaster declaration for Columbus will require:
- All people 10 years or older must wear face coverings in public when social distancing (6 feet apart)is not feasible
- All commercial entities providing goods or services to the public to develop and implement a health and safety plan.
- All employees should wear face coverings when in close proximity to customers or coworkers and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing is not feasible.
- Businesses should implement plans for temperature checks and health screenings of employees.
The order states it will continue “until rescinded in accordance with the above cited statute, but in no instance will this Order continue for more than seven days with out being authorized by the City Council of the City of Columbus, Texas.”
Gobert commended the community for having done a “great job of wearing masks and socially distancing” in the first few months of the pandemic. “With Texas opening back up and advancing to Phase Three, we just need to double down our efforts to keep the COVID spread steady.”
County officials have stated that many of the newest coronavirus cases are from people who are positive and did not quarantine themselves at home, thereby exposing others to the virus.
Nursing home cases, hospitalizations reported
Of the active coronavirus cases reported for Colorado County, there are now three positive cases at TLC Nursing Home in Columbus. A strike team was in Columbus Friday testing all residents and staff at TLC TruCare Living Center. The three residents who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized and transferred out to other facilities. “It is important to note that these patients also had other underlying health concerns, and would have been hospitalized anyway,” Colorado County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Charles “Chuck” Rogers said.
County officials state TLC management and staff “went into immediate action” Wednesday and began following their established procedures for containment and isolation. “TLC Medical Director Dr. R. Russell Thomas, Colorado Health Authority Dr. Alyssa Molina, TLC management and personal physicians of the TLC residents are working in concert to provide all the needed care and information to DSHS and the Quick Reaction Force,” county officials said.
County case count rises
By Monday, June 22, the active case count in Colorado County spiked from 20 to 46, with 13 new cases confirmed Monday alone. This is the largest report of new cases for county resdents since the first coronavirus reportings in March.
Since March, Colorado County has had a total of 71 coronavirus cases.
Nine of the newest cases are from Pine Cove campsite just outside of Columbus.
In a geographical breakdown of confirmed cases throughout the county, 19 of the active cases are in Eagle Lake alone.
County officials state some of the cases are family related, and there are additional test re sults pending.
When asked about the major spike in confirmed cases, County Health Authority Dr. Alyssa Molina said, “I think there are multiple things working together that are driving the increase in cases. We have to look at where these cases come from-- most adults in our area who have gotten it seem to have been exposed at work. Most of our younger people have been exposed doing recreational activities (like tubing with friends) or at parties with friends or family. When I am running around town, I am seeing that most people aren’t wearing masks or practicing social distancing. So I think we are seeing an increase in numbers because people are spending time close to each other, not wearing masks, and transmitting the virus. Remember, many people can have mild symptoms or none at all. Also, people can shed virus before they have symptoms.”
Testing sites announced
Colorado County Judge Ty Prause has requested and secured three testing dates for Colorado County:
Sunday, June 28, 2020: Eagle Lake Community Center, 100 N Walnut Ave, Eagle Lake, TX 77434,
Saturday, July 11, 2020: Former Weimar Medical Center, 400 Youens St, Weimar, TX 78962
Saturday, July 18, 2020: Colorado County Fair Grounds, 1146 Crossroads Blvd, Columbus, TX 78934
Everyone must register to be tested. You can register online at www. txcovidtest.org or you can call 512-883-2400 to register by phone. Individuals must be registered and have a confirmation number to be tested. Teams from the Texas Military Forces will be conducting the testing at each site and will provide direction and instructions at the site.
IMPORTANT: When you test, you must self-quarantine until you receive your test results.