CRANE, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24)- As of Thursday, March, 19 Crane County has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in West Texas.
“I didn’t realize we would be one of the first people in West Texas to do that. It’s happened here, we’re going to address it, we’re going to deal with it and get by,” says Crane County Judge, Roy Hodges.
“We’ve been in contact with DSHS out of El Paso which is our regional partners out there, Dr. (Rachel) Sonne, CDC with the clinic, has been helping us and giving us all the information they have. It took us a little while to get this out there then what we really wanted to but we wanted to have all the correct information we possibly could,” said Hodges.
Hodges taking immediate action and declaring a State of Emergency.
When asked if they know anything about the patient in regards to age or if they had been traveling he says, “I don’t, that why I said DSHS is investigating this situation they’re not sure where it originated, that’s the number one thing we’re all trying to get information from.”
He wants to remind everyone, especially now, that the best thing to do is to self isolate, wash your hands frequently, and don’t go anywhere in large groups.
“If you do feel sick whether it’s something major or not major call the clinic do not go to the clinic. They don’t want you to come to the clinic they will give you the information that you need. How to move forward and if you go to the clinic all you’re doing is compounding their problems and your problems,” said Hodges.
UTPB also confirming that one of their staff members has tested positive for COVID-19 and is from Crane, officials are not saying if these two are connected.
“He not been on our campus in more than a week,” says UTPB President, Dr. Sandra Woodley.
“We are working also with the University of Texas System to make sure that we understand and that we are following proper protocols on our campus and we are in line with all of the guidance that we’ve seen both guidance that we’ve received both from the UT System and also from the Governor and also of course from the CDC as well,” she adds.
The Crane County Judge reminding West Texans to “stay strong, work together, and listen to the people that know.”