Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in Uncategorized |

PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19

July 6, 2020

Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 18 of our residents currently have active infections. All active cases are currently in home isolation.  We have had 9 residents recover from this illness, including two that required hospitalization.  We also have several probable cases that are under further investigation.  These patients are in home isolation while being evaluated further.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing.

All test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines.

Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together.

In my opinion, people have a choice to make.  If COVID-19 infections continue to rise at this level, the government will have no choice but to shut more Texas businesses down.  The best way to avoid a repeat shut down is for people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and aggressively wash their hands.  This means wearing masks when in public, including churches, stores, and schools.  It also means wearing masks at social gatherings if indoors, and also out of doors for larger groups, especially if not following good social distancing practices.

As family and friends continue to celebrate our summertime, it is with the utmost importance that you wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines if you attend any social gathering greater than 10 people.  In our city and county, numbers are rapidly climbing, in large part due to social gatherings.  Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. If you have had a known or potential exposure, please quarantine at home and talk to your doctor about being evaluated for COVID-19.

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 disease, and eventually someone in our community will become our first death from this disease.  I believe that deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be unavoidable.  The only way to minimize these risks, is for people to look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we all do it anyway.

Thank you for your continued time and efforts in fighting this disease,

Steven Vacek, M.D.

Glen Rose HealthCare Inc.