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“We receive a notice every morning about the number of cases in Texas,” says Jack McCasland, Environmental Health Inspector. “We also participate in a number of conference calls and webinars with information on how to handle the situation if a diagnosis is discovered in our area and providing information to the public to contain the spread of the disease.”
Last week the state health department announced the first positive test results for COVID-19 in Texas – while these cases are travel related, everyone needs to be vigilant to keep our communities safe as this situation continues to quickly evolve.
“The most important thing to remember is to wash your hands and if you do feel sick, stay home and consult your physician if you are having symptoms,” says McCasland.
The Health Department is working closely with local physicians as well as Covenant Hospital including participating in Thursday’s Coronavirus drill and serving as a resource for testing and other information sharing.
The City of Plainview staff have also been notified of prevention techniques and have plans in place in case of a potential case or outbreak.
The City of Plainview would like to share information with the public from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus:
How to Protect Yourself and Others
Currently there is no vaccine for COVID-19, so prevention is even more critical. Reducing spread as quickly as possible will help protect our most vulnerable populations, such as seniors and those with chronic medical conditions. You can prevent the spread of coronavirus, and also the flu, by taking these steps:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom. Also wash them before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If there’s no soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
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 throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch often with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
People who are well do not need to wear masks at home or in public.
What to Do If You Feel Sick
Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 report mild to severe respiratory illness.
Symptoms of COVID -19 may show up 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
General Population: If you are in generally good health and have a mild illness, stay home and take care of yourself like you would for the flu. If symptoms worsen, call your doctor.
At-Risk Populations: If you are 65 years or older and/or have other medical problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer – and have fever or symptoms - call your doctor. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow your physician’s instructions or refer to CDC guidance for how to take care of yourself at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
Your doctor will help make the decision whether you should get tested for coronavirus. Some public health labs in Texas are now testing and local or regional health departments must approve each test.
For more information visit ttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov or contact the Plainview / Hale County Health Department at 806.293.1359.