Qabilene Updates

 

The city of Abilene reported two new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing its total of positive cases in Taylor County to 11.

 

Of 335 tests conducted, 176 have returned negative, while 148 pending.

 

The two new positive tests are separate from a number of tests at Disability Resources Inc.

 

One is a 30-year-old man, whose case is travel-related, said Annette Lerma, director of health services with the city of Abilene, in an online news conference Monday afternoon.

 

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"He had returned and had immediately reached out to his health care provider when his symptoms started," she said. "He was quarantined immediately.

 

So we feel like there was very little risk to anyone around him. He did it exactly how we wanted it to happen."

 

The other case is an 80-year-old man, who is hospitalized but in stable condition.

 

"He also had a history of travel," Lerma said.

 

The greatest concentration of cases locally is still at DRI.

 

There are six confirmed cases at the facility, which serves individuals who with developmental and physical challenges.

 

The first case in Abilene was reported Friday, a DRI resident. Later the same day, Dyess Air Force Base notified the city of its first confirmed case.

 

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District urges residents to protect themselves and medically fragile community members by:

 

  •  Practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible.

 

  •  Washing or sanitizing hands often.

 

  •  Covering sneezes and coughs.

 

  •  Avoid touching your face.

 

  •  Staying home if you are sick.

 

  •  Routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

 

Those displaying symptoms should call their medical provider or the Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District at 325-692-5600 for screening and further instruction.

 

Do not arrive at a medical office, facility, or hospital without first making contact by phone and receiving instructions.

 

 

By: Brian Bethel

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