UPDATE- The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The link below will take you to the site. The state case count will be updated by DSHS each day by noon Central Time.
As of yesterday (March 16th) that count was 57 cases. State and local public health departments are working to identify any close contacts of the patients while they were sick so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.
DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and other state agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all of state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans.
There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health conditions.
The DSHS website also includes notice that the flu season is now active and requires the same precautions.
In summary, this is not our first rodeo in dealing with a pandemic and it won’t be our last. Don’t go to work or town if you are sick. If you are a member of the at-risk population then weight the risk and don’t go to work or town unless you need to. Use the hygiene practices called for during any active season for viruses and most importantly… remind everyone to apply heavy doses of “Common Sense”.
Below is the contact information for local health groups supporting the response effort:
Montgomery County Public Health District:
Phone: (936) 523-5020
Address: 1300 South Loop 336 West Suite 200, Conroe, Texas 77304.
Montgomery County Hospital District:
Phone: (936) 523-5000
Address: 1400 South Loop 336 West Conroe, Texas, 77304
Indigent Health Care for Waller County:
Phone: (979) 826-7730
836 Austin St # 316, Hempstead, TX 77445