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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


South Plains Public Health District Confirms First Case of Coronavirus (COVID- 19) in Gaines County

The South Plains Public Health District has confirmed its first case of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The case was not acquired in Gaines County. The Health District is working to identify recent contacts of the patient. This step identifies potential exposure risks. The South Plains Public Health District and other response agencies are prepared and have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues. The District will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC. The District’s disease surveillance team will continue working diligently to ensure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19.

The South Plains Public Health District and our health care partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Seminole area to prepare for the possibility of more local cases. Please continue to follow proper hygiene recommendations and social distancing practices.

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Case I-GAINES COUNTY

Report Date: March 22, 2020
Age: 31
Exposure: Travel out of County
Investigation Status: Ongoing
County of Residence: Gaines
Symptom onset: Evening of March 17

Exposure Dates:
March 15: Small study group private home
Risk: Medium

March 15: West Side Church of Christ, Seminole- Morning Service
Risk: Low-Medium

March 16: Walmart, Seminole-7am to 4 pm
Risk: Low

March 17: Walmart, Seminole- 7 am to 4 pm
Risk: Low

March 17: Porter's Grocery Store, Seminole- 5 pm to 7 pm
Risk: Low

Exposure Timeline


Terry County

South Plains Public Health District Confirms First Case of Coronavirus (COVID- 19) in Terry County

The South Plains Public Health District has confirmed its first case of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The case was not acquired in Terry County. The Health District is working to identify recent contacts of the patient. This step identifies potential exposure risks. The South Plains Public Health District and other response agencies are prepared and have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues. The District will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC. The District’s disease surveillance team will continue working diligently to ensure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19.

The South Plains Public Health District and our health care partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Seminole area to prepare for the possibility of more local cases. Please continue to follow proper hygiene recommendations and social distancing practices.

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Case 1-TERRY COUNTY

Report Date: March 23, 2020
Age: 53
Exposure: Travel out of County
Investigation Status: Ongoing
County of Residence: Terry
Symptom onset: Evening of March 20

Exposure Dates:
March 7: Rudy’s Bar-B-Que, Lubbock-lunchtime
Risk: Low

March 7: Hobby Lobby, Lubbock late afternoon-evening
Risk: Low

March 7: Michael’s, Lubbock, late afternoon-evening
Risk: Low

March 13: My Little Playhouse Daycare, Brownfield
***NOTE*** The COVID infected person was never in the daycare and did not pick a child up from daycare. However, a child that was picked up from My Little Playhouse has been in contact with the infected person. The child was still picked up outside the daycare in the waiting pick up line.
Risk: Low

Exposure Timeline


Case 2-TERRY COUNTY

Report Date: March 25, 2020
Age: 35
Exposure: Related to Case 1
Investigation Status: Ongoing
County of Residence: Terry
Symptom onset: Evening of March 22

Exposure Dates:
March 21: Dollar General, Brownfield- 6:00 AM to 7:15 PM
Risk: Low

March 22: Dollar General, Brownfield- 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Risk: Low

March 22: United, Brownfield- 6:00 PM- 6:30 PM
Risk: Low

March 23: Lonestar State Bank, Brownfield- 8:10 AM to 8:15 AM
Risk: Low

Exposure Timeline


Case 3-TERRY COUNTY

Report Date: March 25, 2020
Age: 55
Exposure: 3/7/2020 Travel Out of County/positive result in household
Investigation Status: Ongoing
County of Residence: Terry
Symptom onset: Patient did not have symptoms, tested due to positive result in household

Exposure Dates:
March 9-13: Meadow ISD, 7:30-4:00
Risk: Low

March 13: Catholic Church Hall, Brownfield- Lunchtime
Risk: Low

March 13: Family Physicians, Brownfield,- 4:00 PM (visit unrelated to COVID-19)
Risk: Low

March 16-20: United, Brownfield- various times
Risk: Low

March 16-20: Dollar General, Brownfield- various times
Risk: Low

March 16-20: Stripes, 1402 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield- various times daily for drinks
Risk: Low

March 19: Savannah’s Mexican Restaurant, pick up order inside-afternoon
Risk: Low

March 20: Tortuga Food Truck, Brownfield- lunchtime
Risk: Low

Exposure Timeline



Dawson County

Case I-DAWSON COUNTY

Report Date: March 26, 2020
Age: 85
Exposure: Unknown
Investigation Status: Ongoing
County of Residence: Dawson
Symptom onset:March 22, 2020

Exposure Dates:
March 9-13, 2020: Stephens, Stephens & Telchick, PC 212 S Houston Ave. Lamesa 8-5
Risk: Low

March 13, 2020: Joe Arrington Cancer Center, Lubbock
Risk: Low

March 21, 2020: Medial Arts Hospital Laboratory, non-COVID-19 related
Risk: Low

March 22, 2020: Medical Arts Hospital ER @ Noon, admitted to MAH for non-COVID-19 related illness
Risk: Low

March 23, 2020: Covenant Hospital (Transferred), admitted for non-COVID-19 related illness
Risk: Low

Exposure Timeline


Risk Categories for COVID-19

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
Practice social distancing Immediate isolation if becomes symptomatic. Stay at home. Seek medical advice if you develop severe symptoms. Download here