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South Plains Public Health District
Serving The Communities Of
Gaines, Yoakum, Terry, & Dawson Counties

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What is COVID-19?

COVID 19 IS A NEW OR “NOVEL” CORONAVIRUS. IT IS A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS WHICH CAN BE SPREAD FROM PERSON TO PERSON. IT WAS FIRST IDENTIFIED DURING AN OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION IN WUHAN, CHINA.

FIRST REPORTS OF THE ILLNESS WERE THAT IT EMERGED FROM AN ANIMAL SOURCE BUT IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS BEING SPREAD FROM PERSON TO PERSON. USUALLY BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER, USUALLY ABOUT 6 FEET.

What are symptoms of COVID -19

  • FEVER
  • COUGH
  • SHORTNESS OF BREATH

How is COVID-19 Spread?

THE MODE OF TRASMISSION FOR COVID-19 IS THROUGH RESPIRATORY DROPLETS PRODUCED WHEN AN INFECTED PERSON COUGHS OR SNEEZES. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT IT CAN BE SPREAD THROUGH TOUCHING A SURFACE OR OBJECT THAT HAS THE VIRUS ON IT AND THEN TOUCHING ONES MOUTH OR NOSE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS NOT THE PRIMARY WAY IT IS SPREAD HOWEVER.

THE FIRST CASE OF COVID19 WAS REPORTED ON JANUARY 21, 2020 AND COVID 19 IS SPREADING FROM PERSON TO PERSON IN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES.

THE RISK OF INFECTION IS HIGHER WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE CLOSE CONTACTS OF SOMEONE KNOWN TO HAVE COVID19 AND THOSE WHO LIVE IN OR HAVE BEEN IN AN AREA WITH ONGOING SPREAD OF COVID 19.

SEVERE COMPLICATIONS FROM THIS VIRUS INCLUDE PNEUMONIA IN BOTH LUNGS, MULTI ORGAN FAILURE AND IN SOME CASES DEATH.

IT CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS TO THOSE WHO HAVE A WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM OR THOSE WHO ARE ELDERLY.

How do I protect myself, my family and others?

PREVENTION IS BY FAR THE BEST CONTAINMENT MEASURE :

  • Wash hands frequently but WHEN IN DOUBT, WASH! Wash Hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol if soap and water not are available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. Wash hands again.
  • If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder.
  • And please, stay home when symptoms first appear. Call your health care provider BEFORE YOU GO TO THE CLINIC if you have any concerns that you may have come into contact with Covid 19 (travel to the listed countries or contact with a known or suspected positive case)


What older adults need to know about COVID-19

Older adults and those with severe chronic health conditions such as heart lung or kidney disease or diabetes may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

If you are an individual at higher risk for COVID 19 illness it is especially important to take action to reduce the risk of getting COVID 19 now.

1. Take care of your own health.

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Use an alcohol, based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if hot water and soap are not available.
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or cough or sneeze into elbow.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces such as counters, tabletops and doorknobs to remove germs.
  • Use household cleaners and sprays according to label instructions

2. Develop a plan for what to do if you do get sick.

  • Decide what you will do if you do get sick.
  • Know who will take care of you if your caregiver gets sick.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about what necessary medications to have on hand.
  • Get enough supplies, household items and groceries in case you do need to stay home for a few weeks if necessary.

3. Pay attention to what is happening locally.

  • If COVID -19 is spreading in your area stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds.
  • If you get sick with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath call your healthcare provider.
  • If you develop warning signs such as difficulty breathing or persistent pain or pressure in your chest, confusion or blueness of the lips or face, these could be signs of serious illness. Call 911.

Gaines County


11-20-2020

COVID-19 Update Gaines County
Gaines County total cases: 870
14 New cases confirmed
355 Active
504 Recovered
11 Deaths


Dawson County

11-20-2020

COVID-19 Update Dawson County
Dawson County total cases: 1147
6 New cases confirmed
415 Active
723 Recovered
9 Deaths


Terry County

11-20-2020

COVID-19 Update Terry County
Terry County total cases: 890
8 New cases confirmed
274 Active
595 Recovered
21 Deaths


Lynn County

11-20-2020

COVID-19 Update Lynn County
Lynn County total cases: 313
12 New cases confirmed
127 Active
182 Recovered
4 Deaths


Yoakum County

11-20-2020

COVID-19 Update Yoakum County
Yoakum County total cases: 579
11 New cases confirmed
203 Active
370 Recovered
6 Deaths


Risk Categories for COVID-19

ar Exposure to a symptomatic confirmed case Management High Living in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation Active Monitoring - Daily contact with the health department
Restriction to home
Immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic. Medium Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Living in the same household as, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation Self-Monitoring- take temperature daily watch for signs and symptoms
Recommendation to remain at home or in a comparable setting Practice social distancing
Immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic. Low Being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact Self-observation self-assess for temperature and symptoms
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