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First COVID-related death marked for county

July 29, 2020 - 00:00
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  • First COVID-related death marked for county

Several newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported July 27, bringing the number of total active cases for county residents to 150.

There were no recoveries to report, and the county reported its first COVID-related death.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission data released Monday evening notes a COVID-related death of a resident at TruCare Living Centers of Columbus. According to the information from HHS, TLC is the only nursing home in Colorado County with confirmed COVID cases at this time. HHSC reported the following statistics for TLC:

- Number of active COVID positive employees - 2

- Cumulative number of COVID positive employees - 4

- Number of active COVID positive residents - 3

- Total number of residents recovered from COVID - 0

- Total number of COVID resident deaths - 1

- Cumulative number of COVID positive residents - 4

HHSC stated the following, “data in this report reflect COVID-19 cases in residents and staff at licensed assisted living facilities, as self-reported by the provider to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) as of the date indicated. HHSC cannot verify the accuracy of the facility’s report in its entirety. Data on residents after discharge from a facility also are not reflected. All data in this report are therefore provisional and subject to change and might be different than data a provider self-reports to other private, local, state, or federal entities due to the timing of reporting or other factors. HHSC investigates every assisted living facility that reports a COVID-positive case for compliance with health and safety regulations. “

The agency announced Monday that they will electronically post to their website COVID-19 case counts and deaths by facility name for all state supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

HHS Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson said, “HHSC has a legal and ethical obligation to protect the private health information of everyone we serve, both in the private facilities we regulate and those we operate. We appreciate the guidance from the Attorney General of Texas, which allows us to release this additional data while maintaining important personal privacy protections.”

The daily case count postings can be found at services/health/coronavirus-covid-19.

Calls from DSHS

Local officials ask residents to please be aware that any calls coming from the number below are confirmed from Texas Health Trace, and residents are encouraged to answer the calls. The number that shows up on the caller ID is 833-753- 0909 and it should say Texas Health Department. The public can expect this number when receiving calls from Texas Health Trace Contact Tracing.

Lavaca County walk up tests July 30

YOAKUM - Lavaca County Emergency Management, in conjunction with De Witt County Emergency Management and the City of Yoakum, will host a walk-up COVID-19 testing event in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Military Department on Thursday, July 30 at Yoakum Community Center, 105 Huck Street, Yoakum, Texas 77995, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. - or until testing capacity is reached.

No appointment is necessary. The testing will be provided at no charge, and you do not need a doctor’s order or a prescription to be tested. Please have your ID, smartphone, and email address to provide the testing team. While on-site you can scan a QR code to preview the video on what to expect taking the COVID-19 Oral Fluid Test. You can also see the video now at https://youtu. be/LNopEE7lC6E. Patients can expect results within five days. If you have questions or have not received your results within five days from testing, please call 833-213-0643 or email

While at the testing site, please be sure to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing to help up slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you are planning on being tested, please make personal accommodations for the weather, hydration, shade, and comfort, such as bringing a chair and wearing comfortable shoes/clothing. Test site staff will process individuals as quickly as possible.

The “walk-up” method of COVID-19 testing is the most efficient process for testing a large volume of individuals, as pre-registration is not required and can be handled onsite. We thank you for your patience and diligence as your local and state agencies collaborate to provide our community with the largest testing capability possible with available resources.