Texas County Confirms 57 New Positive COVID-19 Tests
Joe Denoyer - May 10, 2020 5:12 pm
County Total at 404 Cases, Strike Team Set to Help Hospital Test this Week
By Miranda Gilbert
Emergency Management PIO
Texas County officials have confirmed 57 more positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday, May 10. The new positive results are for 49 Guymon residents, three Hooker residents, two Texhoma residents, two Optima residents, and one Adams resident.
Guymon ranks third in the state with 313 confirmed cases behind Oklahoma City’s 730 and Tulsa’s 476. The high amount of cases led to local leaders working together to request more testing. A Strike Team is set to assist the hospital’s testing of Seaboard Foods employees at the Guymon location this week. Additionally, the Texas County Health Department will be hosting another mass drive through testing on May 16th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Texas County Activity Center.
Officials recognize that increased testing generates more confirmed cases. However, local clinic staff are also reporting an influx of sick residents. As many as 136 tests were pending Saturday and results are taking approximately four to five days to receive in most cases. Residents are strongly encouraged to remain home and practice social distancing during this community outbreak to help slow the spread until more residents can be tested and quarantined.
Of all Texas County’s 404 confirmed cases, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting 171 recovered in Texas County. OSDH is not reporting hospitalizations for our county COVID-19 cases. For more data on COVID-19 cases visit the state’s website www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
An investigation into any positive result is standard and all persons in close contact with the person will be notified by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and advised of quarantine and testing procedure. No other details in these cases were released.
COVID-19 case counts in each Texas County town with positives include:
Cities COVID-19 Cases
All residents are encouraged to execute safety guidelines as advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and stay safe at home. If leaving the home for a necessary trip, wear a face covering. Avoid touching your face. Always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when returning home, and again after you put away groceries.
Residents should seek testing when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The three main symptoms include a fever, shortness of breath, and coughing but not all of these are always present. Those experiencing symptoms are advised to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms daily. Drive-Through testing is offered for FREE by the Texas County Health Department Monday through Thursday for individuals with at least one COVID-19 symptom present, but an appointment is required. Appointments are available by calling TCHD at 580-338-8544. Additional testing is offered by Specialty Clinics of St. Anne’s, Internal Medicine, Xpress Urgent Care, and Memorial Hospital of Texas County.
If anyone in the community has access to Personal Protective Equipment that can be donated for use by First Responders please contact Texas County Emergency Management at 580-338-0911.