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If you think you have the Coronavirus, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 361.580.5796 and a representative will give you instructions.

Hotline Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12 pm | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The coronavirus outbreak began in December 2019, in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of coronavirus infections in China, including many that resulted in death.

Other countries have now identified coronavirus cases appearing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed cases appearing within the Unites States. The CDCTexas HHS, and the County’s Health Department are all working to help educate the public on the virus and how to avoid catching and spreading the disease. The CDC suggests that the best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu.

 

COVID-19 Thursday, April 9  Press Briefing Recap:  

 

As of 2:30 p.m. today, Victoria County reported 9 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a total of 70 cases to date, 60 of which are still active; meaning they still have the virus. 10 of the total 70 have since recovered. 31 of the total 70 are related to Post Acute Medical North. 52 of the total 70 patients are recovering at home. 8 patients are in the hospital, 2 of which are in ICU on ventilators. 16 of the total 70 are related to community transmission.

Victoria County Public Health Authority Dr. John McNeill gave an update on COVID-19 patients and discussed Post Acute Medical North. Persons who have completed their isolation and are considered “recovered” from their illness have had no fever for a least 72 hours, symptoms have improved, and at least 7 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared. 

Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are now being housed at Post Acute Medical North and all other patients who do not have COVID-19 and who received negative test results after being tested, are being transferred out. PAM North will become a COVID facility and positive patients will be in one specific area. This will decrease the risk of further transmission of the disease because positive patients will not be in the community and the healthcare workers providing care for positive patients will also be isolated to one specific area. There are 7 positive patients housed at Post Acute Medical North. 

Chief Clinical Officer for the Gulf Bend Center Lane Johnson discussed mental health and coping mechanisms. Johnson stated that our attitude about this pandemic and all the restrictions is way more important than this pandemic and all the restrictions. He encouraged the public to look for ways to be on the light side rather on the heavy side of this. At the same time, acknowledge your feelings. If you are angry, write about that in a journal. Give your feelings some expression in a reasonable and controlled way. Reach out to other people. Remember, we are social distancing not social disconnecting! 

  • Set aside your differences. Let’s be peaceful this weekend.

  • Do not abandon your healthy habits. Get exercise, drink water, get plenty of rest, etc.

  • Take breathers. Get alone, get quiet, and do some breathing and relaxing.

  • It’s a religious holiday weekend. If you are person of faith, be in prayer for you and those around you in our community.

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COVID-19 Jueves, 9 de abril Resumen de la rueda de prensa:

A partir de las 2:30 p.m. hoy, el Condado de Victoria reportó 9 nuevos casos confirmados de COVID-19, con un total de 70 casos hasta la fecha, 60 de los cuales aún están activos; lo que significa que todavía tienen el virus. 10 del total de 70 se han recuperado desde entonces. 31 del total de 70 están relacionados con Post Acute Medical North. 52 del total de 70 pacientes se están recuperando en casa. 8 pacientes están en el hospital, 2 de los cuales están en UCI con ventiladores. 16 del total de 70 están relacionados con la transmisión comunitaria.

El Dr. John McNeill de la Autoridad de Salud Pública del Condado de Victoria dio una actualización sobre los pacientes con COVID-19 y discutió sobre Post Acute Medical North. Las personas que han completado su aislamiento y se consideran "recuperadas" de su enfermedad no han tenido fiebre durante al menos 72 horas, los síntomas han mejorado y han transcurrido al menos 7 días desde que aparecieron sus síntomas por primera vez.

Los pacientes que dieron positivo para COVID-19 ahora están siendo alojados en Post Acute Medical North y todos los demás pacientes que no tienen COVID-19 y que recibieron resultados negativos después de la prueba, están siendo transferidos. PAM North se convertirá en un centro COVID y los pacientes positivos estarán en un área específica. Esto disminuirá el riesgo de una mayor transmisión de la enfermedad porque los pacientes positivos no estarán en la comunidad y los trabajadores de la salud que brindan atención a pacientes positivos también estarán aislados en un área específica. Hay 7 pacientes positivos alojados en Post Acute Medical North.

El Director Clínico del Centro Gulf Bend Lane Johnson habló sobre la salud mental y los mecanismos de afrontamiento. Johnson declaró que nuestra actitud sobre esta pandemia y todas las restricciones es mucho más importante que esta pandemia y todas las restricciones. Alentó al público a buscar formas de estar del lado ligero en lugar del lado pesado de esto. Al mismo tiempo, reconoce tus sentimientos. Si estás enojado, escribe sobre eso en un diario. Exprese sus sentimientos de manera razonable y controlada. Llegar a otras personas. ¡Recuerde, somos un distanciamiento social, no una desconexión social!

  • Deja de lado tus diferencias. Seamos pacíficos este fin de semana.

  • No abandones tus hábitos saludables. Haga ejercicio, beba agua, descanse mucho, etc.

  • Toma respiros. Siéntate solo, cállate y respira y relájate.

  • Es un fin de semana festivo religioso. Si eres una persona de fe, ora por ti y por los que te rodean en nuestra comunidad.

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Coronavirus Statistics, as of Thursday, April 9, 2020:

Worldwide confirmed cases: 1,436,198 | Worldwide deaths: 85,522 

United States confirmed cases: 427,460United States deaths: 14,696

Texas confirmed cases: 10,230 Texas deaths: 199 | Texas recovered: 1,101

Victoria County Confirmed Cases: 70 | Victoria County deaths: 0 | Victoria County recovered: 10

Statistics provided by the CDC and WHO, which are updated regularly at noon Monday through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4pm the day before reporting. 

 

Amended Victoria County Stay at Home Orders

Amended City of Victoria Stay at Home Orders 

Governor Greg Abbott March 31, 2020 Executive Orders

CISA Guidance on Essential Services

Victoria County Stay at Home Orders 

Amended Victoria County Stay at Home Orders

Amended City of Victoria Stay at Home Orders

Second Amended City of Victoria Stay at Home Orders

City of Victoria Stay at Home Orders

Order of Control Measures

Victoria Public Health Authority Issues Order of Control Measures on Healthcare Facility

American Regional Health Center Release

City of Victoria Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to a Public Health Emergency

Victoria County Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to a Public Health Emergency 

COVID-19 Strategic Response Guide

COVID-19 (Updated) Strategic Response Guide

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Guidance on Child Care Facilities and Schools

City of Victoria Order To Control Social Gatherings Due To A Public Health Emergency

Victoria County Order To Control Social Gatherings Due To A Public Health Emergency

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