County Emergency Management Reminds Everyone to Use Safe Practices; 54 Active COVID-19 Cases

November 16, 2020 - Shelby County Office of Emergency Management is reminding everyone to continue safe practices to help slow the spread of COVID 19. The upcoming holidays will lead to more activities, traveling, and gatherings. Plus the recent increase in active cases and hospitalizations throughout the state and country makes it all the more important to adhere to all the recommendations by health authorities.

While the active “lab confirmed” cases in Shelby County are relatively low at this point, Texas Dept. of State Health Services has recently begun reporting the number of “probable” cases to us. These probable cases include positive test results from the antigen tests that provide results to the patient in approximately 15 minutes. These tests are performed by health care providers and are done with a nasal swab similar to the lab confirmed tests. Health care providers are then required to report the antigen test results to DSHS and DSHS then reports the numbers of positive antigen test results to the Shelby CO Office of Emergency Management once a week.

Currently, according to the reporting to us by DSHS, there are 29 active lab confirmed cases in Shelby Co along with 25 probable cases bringing the total of Shelby County cases to 54.

Please remember to follow these recommendations by the CDC to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask while around others
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and throw away tissue after use
  • Avoid large crowds or gatherings
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often