UPDATED: First confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: First confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Representatives with the City of Lubbock Health Department confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock County. One is a resident of Lubbock County, one is a resident of the neighboring county to the west, Hockley County.

The two cases are unrelated and both are travel related, Director of Public Health Katherine Wells said. The two people were told to self-quarantine and stay at home.

The health department received word of the positive tests around 5:30 Tuesday evening, roughly 24 hours after the tests were administered. 

Public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook, D.O., who is a family medicine physician in Lubbock, said the area's health care system is prepared for COVID-19. 

"We will weather this storm. We're strong West Texas people," Dr. Cook said during an impromptu press conference Tuesday night. "If you heard Tedd Mitchell tonight on the FOX News, he said 'we must choose to be sacrificial and not choose to be selfish.' Please check on your neighbors , it's our job to make sure we take care of each other."

Mayor Dan Pope said a "Coffee with the Mayor" that was scheduled for Wednesday morning in canceled. 

Dr. Cook said there are not enough test kits to test everyone nationwide. At this point medical professionals are testing individuals who are most likely to test positive, based on doctors' evaluations and the patient's travel history. 

 

 

Below is a news release issued by the City of Lubbock:

The City of Lubbock has confirmed its first two cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Both are traveler transmission cases, but not related to one another.

The Department of Public Health is working to identify recent contacts of the patients as well. This step identifies potential exposure risks.

The City of Lubbock Health Department and other response agencies are prepared and have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues. The Department will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC. The Department’s disease surveillance team will continue working diligently to ensure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19.  

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

A news conference with Director of Public Health Katherine Wells and Public Health Authority Dr. Ron Cook will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, March 17, 2020, at the LFR Auditorium located at 1515 E. Ursuline.

For more information, call the City of Lubbock Health Department at 806.775.2933, or go to the website: www.mylubbock.us/COVID19

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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