Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in Uncategorized |

PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25 of our residents currently have active infections. We currently have one patient in the hospital, and all other active cases are currently under home isolation and care.  Unfortunately, a patient died from COVID-19 related complications while hospitalized at Glen Rose Medical Center.  We would like to express our condolences to their family.  Another Somervell county resident passed away earlier in the month while infected with COVID-19, however the cause of death was determined to be other chronic medical problems, and not directly related to their infection.  We have had 64 residents recover from this illness.

We currently have significant evidence of community and institutional spread in Somervell County, as well as in our neighboring counties.  This does continue to increase the risk level to all Somervell County residents.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing with all new positive results.

COVID-19 will continue to impact our community.  We need to continue to do our best to take care of each other, wash/sanitize our hands, wear our masks, practice respectful social distancing and look out for the vulnerable amongst us.

Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law.

Want to know more?

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

As a community, we will continue to experience more of this disease.  Unfortunately, further deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be difficult to avoid.  Please continue to work together to minimize these risks.  Please, as a community, look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  Please wear masks in appropriate settings, practice social distancing, and good hand hygiene.  These simple things, while not perfect are having an impact in decreasing disease spread.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we all do it anyway.

I appreciate you all for your continued time and efforts in fighting this disease, none of us are in this alone.  Together we can keep our community strong, safe, and moving forward.

Thank you!

Steven Vacek, M.D.

Glen Rose HealthCare Inc.

Somervell County Local Health Authority

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