Texas County & State to Pull One COVID-19 Case from Local Count
Joe Denoyer - April 16, 2020 7:38 pm
By Miranda Gilbert
Emergency Management PIO
In an effort to clarify cases and present more accurate local numbers, Texas County officials will remove one case originally reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The count will now exclude one adult from Goodwell who also passed away from complications related to COVID-19. Oklahoma State Department of Health reported the positive COVID-19 test to Texas County officials due to the fact that the official residence on record was in fact in Goodwell. The person later passed away in a facility away from that home, and the death was counted in the county of death, Oklahoma County. In summary, Texas County will pull back one positive test result, and one death. Texas County officials will continue to work to provide as much accurate information to the public as possible within the limits given by the law. They encourage all who are experiencing symptoms, and/or are awaiting test results, and those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, officials urge all those who test positive to contact their employer and any persons they have had contact with in the previous 14 days to advise them of the test result and self-quarantine. Drive-through testing is offered for FREE by the Texas County Health Department Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The individual only needs to have one COVID-19 symptom present to be tested, but an appointment is required. Appointments are available by calling TCHD at 580-338-8544. Residents who are not working in essential staff positions as designated by the state and national government are strongly encouraged to remain home and practice social distancing. 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.