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UPDATED: Hockley County reports second COVID-19 case

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Update 9:07 p.m. - Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge told FOX34 a second COVID-19 case has been confirmed among Hockley County residents. This person was tested in Lubbock.

The two cases in Hockley County are the Hockley County resident reported in Lubbock earlier this week below and the new case reported Thursday night.


We learned Thursday morning the Hockley County judge and Levelland mayor have issued a disaster declaration preventing gatherings of more than 50 people. This limit includes churches. Hours after the order, Governor Abbott issued a superseding order statewide limiting gatherings to 10 people.

One of the first two COVID-19 cases confirmed in Lubbock earlier this week includes a Hockley County resident. 

 "That was a hard decision, but that was the right decision. We want this to stop here. We want to stop with one person," Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner said.

"There's people that might find this strenuous, and think it's overkill, however if we minimize it to one case, I'm glad with that," Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge said.

The City of Lubbock reports this case involved someone who traveled to a state where there is community transmission.

The individual was seen at Grace Clinic, Covenant Emergency Department and UMC Emergency Department and the patient is currently hospitalized, according to city officials. The medical facilities will conduct their own investigation to determine any possible exposure and will make appropriate recommendations to patients and staff.

The city reports the individual did not visit any public place while traveling between home and the clinics. Close family contacts are being followed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Hockley County reported Thursday the individual is still hospitalized and is doing well.

During a news conference, Hockley County leaders detailed efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Levelland Mayor Barbara Pinner signed a declaration of disaster, following suit with Lubbock, with no more than 50 people allowed to gather. Schools in Hockley County are also included in the declaration and have extended spring break by one week. Districts taking precautions include Anton, Levelland, Sundown and Whitharral.

Anyone who needs to conduct business from City Hall in Levelland are asked to work remotely. The city is also suspending fees related to utility bills. 

While gatherings of more than 50 people is prohibited, some local restaurants have decided to limit services to pickup or takeout. 

Leaders are urging people to support local business whenever possible.

"This is going to be economically hard on a rural county the size of Hockley county. And so I would encourage everybody to shop locally, support your local people, they're going to need that," Judge Baldridge said.

"If you have a friend or a neighbor that is older, check on them. Go grocery shopping for them. If you're grocery shopping, buy just what you need for the week. Don't horde," Mayor Pinner said.

 
 
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