Archer County Judge Randy Jackson announced on Tuesday, July 28, the county had 14 positive cases three being active.
Archer City Mayor Kelvin Green has not released a press release since Tuesday, July 14, when he had announced there had been two new citizens of the town who had tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total for the town to three.
“The contact tracing is being completed by proper officials,” Green wrote in the old release. “I would like you all to remember limited information is released to local county and city officials when a positive case arises, since our jurisdictions use state resources to fulfill the role of the health department, unlike Wichita Falls who has their own health department.”
He added the announcing of the cases were not to cause panic, but to remind citizens they are not immune to COVID-19.
“We must use common sense, if you are sick stay at home, wash your hands and if you feel uncomfortable going out in public you should stay home when possible,” the mayor wrote. “We must all do these things together. A community that is together is stronger.”
Jackson wrote in his press release as long as the county has less than 20 active cases, it will remain exempt from GA-29 Order which makes face coverings mandatory.
“The individual cities of Archer County are using Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to help purchase sanitizing equipment and supplies for schools, churches and retail businesses,” Jackson wrote. “Thanks to the mayors and city councils who have approved this financial assistance for their communities.”
He also encouraged citizens to look at their school district website as they finalize their plans and safety protocols for reopening in August,
According to a previous release from Jackson, when someone is tested, they are self-isolated until negative test results come back which can take two to five days or until they are seven days free of all symptoms.
The release adds a person who tests positive for COVID-19 is quarantined for two weeks and two negative tests are required for that person to return to work. Local Health Authorities, which is Doctor Aaron Purdy for Archer County, communicate with quarantined and isolated patients daily.
The judge encouraged anybody feeling sick to see a physician for screening, possible testing and isolation protocol.
According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose or diarrhea.
According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 cases dashboard, Archer County has had 15 positive cases with an estimated one active case of COVID-19 as of press time. The state of Texas has had 385,923 positive cases reported with 4,267 deaths and an estimated 229,107 recoveries.