Erath adds COVID cases, deaths
Erath County Officials acknowledged a third Covid-19 related death in Erath County on Tuesday. The victim is a male who had been hospitalized over the weekend at the local hospital. No other details are available at this time.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to this man’s family and friends,” said Alfonso Campos, Erath County Judge. “This death serves as a very unfortunate reminder about the seriousness of our situation, as cases have been increasing dramatically. Our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, are especially at risk. We must continue to commit ourselves to fighting the spread of this virus and take seriously our responsibility to protect our loved ones and neighbors from this disease.”
This follows the second reported death on Friday.
“There was one admitted to the local Hospital and we received notification from out of County that an Erath County resident tested positive and was hospitalized and passed away today,” Driskill said in Friday’s announcement. “Sadly, this brings the County to 2 deaths. All others are in isolation. We would like to send our condolences to the family of the Erath County Resident who passed away.”
Local Public Health Authorities also received confirmation of 11 new positive COVID-19 results for Monday July 20, 2020 – Six in Stephenville; One in Dublin; and Four in the unincorporated areas of the County. None of the new cases required hospitalization. All the new patients are currently monitoring their symptoms in isolation.
The Erath County total since March 23 stands at 350 cases. Only 14 of the 350 have required hospitalization.
With more activities being held, residents are advised to minimize exposure. According to county officials, this is especially important for people who are 65 years of age or older or who have underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People with these conditions are at higher if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people.
Residents can help stop the spread by:
- Wearing a face covering
- Social distance – Stay six feet apart
- Wash or Sanitize hands often
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
For detailed information on the evolving COVID-19 situation please consult the Texas Dept. of State Health Services dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
Daily updates can be found at: https://co.erath.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/1331/COVID-19-Erath-Co-Daily-... or on the County Website home page scroll down and click on the “Daily COVID-19 Report”. Residents may also be notified each time the report is updated by creating an account and then clicking on “How Do I...” and choose “Sign Up For” choose “Website Notifications”, enter either your email address or phone number then scroll down to “News Flash” and click which method.
“While you are there, check out all the other notifications you may receive such as when Commissioner Court will be meeting and County Jobs,” offered Driskill. “Our hope is that our New Webpage will keep Erath County Citizens more informed.”