City of Lubbock provides latest update on confirmed COVID-19 cas - FOX34 Lubbock

City of Lubbock provides latest update on confirmed COVID-19 cases

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

During a news conference Thursday, the City of Lubbock and the health department addressed concerns regarding the three confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Health officials have completed investigations for two of the confirmed cases. 

The third case was confirmed by health officials Wednesday evening and is currently being investigated. City health officials report this person has made their situation public while in the hospital, on Facebook posts that have since been deleted. Health officials, by law, cannot release the man's identity. And, since the Facebook posts are not publicly viewable, FOX34 is not identifying the man.

In the third case, it is believed the individual traveled outside of the country. Director of Public Health Catherine Wells says the health department's only concerned about exposures after March 12. All close contacts and health providers have been notified.

Mayor Dan Pope emphasized that the health department does not provide testing and to call the health department if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19. 

The city will list each case on its website

Below is the city's current information on all three cases released Thursday. The health department will continue to update information as needed. 

Case information: 

Case 1: Reported on March 17; age 15 to 25; traveled out of the county; investigation complete
Case 2: Reported on March 17;  over the age of 60; traveled out of state; investigation complete
Case 3: Reported on March 18; between the age of 40 to 50; traveled out of the country; investigation on-going

Possible community exposure locations: 

March 15 - Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport between 8:45 p.m to 9:15 p.m, low risk
March 15 - Roses Cafe at 4th and Quaker from 9:30 p.m to 11:00 p.m., low risk

Risk categories for COVID-19 as of March 19:

High risk: 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.

Management - Active monitoring, daily contact with the health department, restrict to home, immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic. 

Medium risk: Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Living in the same household, 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. 

Management - 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 is symptomatic.

Low risk: 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. 

Management - 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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