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Jack County reports fourth COVID-19 case

The Texas Department of Health Service COVID-19 case reporting system now shows four confirmed cases in Jack County as of noon Tuesday, April 21.

"The fourth case was travel spread from California," Jack County Judge Keith Umphress said. "Immediately quarantined after positive results. Of all four cases very little to no hospital exposure, most have presented themselves through the Faith Community Rural Clinic and a primary care physican."

During the Commissioner’s Court meeting Monday, April 13, Jack County Judge Keith Umphress said there are three reported cases of COVID-19 in the county after the first case was confirmed on Wednesday, April 8. Jacksboro City Manage Mike Smith said the first three case are in Jacksboro.

"All three of those cases we can tie back together,” the city manager said. “So, on two of those we have a mother-daughter. On the third case, it is actually an 18-month-old child. It was the child of an individual that had close contact with one of the first two cases.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there has been a total of 746,625 COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, cases in the United States resulting in 39,083 deaths. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a total of 20,196 cases and 517 deaths in the state.

Faith Community Hospital System reported no cases of COVID-19 on April 5 in a press release.

“Although, in direct guidance with the DSHS, we will neither confirm nor deny that we have negative or positive tests performed at our facility,” the press release reads. “Be assured that testing is available if someone presents with symptoms and fulfills the necessary screening and evaluation for testing.”

The release also states FCH is working with Umphress, Cooper and Hefner as well as larger healthcare facilities to discuss future steps.

“We have several contingency plans being discussed with DSHS and these other facilities in the case of a surge of hospitalized patients occurs in our area,” the April 5 press release reads. “Please be assured that our area has a small number of confirmed cases and the majority of these cases continue to be mild in nature.”

The Jack County Commissioners Court approved a Declaration of Local Readiness on March 23.

“This legal action is enabled by Texas Government Code Section 418 and opens the process for assistance from state and federal resources as may be needed along with allowing extraordinary measures to protect the public,” Umphress wrote in his press release. “The declaration is a direct result of the COVID-19, coronavirus.”

The declaration did not enact any further restrictions on county residents. However, the court did take steps to restrict access to the courthouse, annex, county barns and Sheriff’s Office during the meeting.

The city of Jacksboro also declared a local disaster for public health emergency and order during their meeting on March 23. The declaration did not put any further restrictions to the citizens of Jacksboro.

According to the CDC, steps which residents can take to help prevent the spread of the virus including washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with their faces, avoiding contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue and disposing of the tissue in the trash and by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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