COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS) NOTICES
Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach was contacted at about 6pm by Lamb County Health Authority Dr. Cindy George that we had another COVID-19 case in Littlefield. This patient is a spouse of another patient and is quarantined at home. This patient was tested May 6th at LHC Family Medicine.
At approximately 6:15p.m. I was contacted by DSHS that we had 2 additional cases in Littlefield. These 2 patients are living at the same address. They also tested in Lubbock. They are quarantined at home as well.
This brings Lamb County to 9 cases total. We have 2 recoveries. We have another patient who will come out of quarantine tomorrow (Sunday). This will leave us 6 active cases: 1 in Sudan, 1 in Amherst, and 5 in Littlefield. The patient who comes out of quarantine Sunday lives in Earth.
The City of Littlefield, Texas continues to take its obligations to keep citizens informed in these changing times seriously. We want to remind you that Governor Abbott recently updated his Executive Order, and the changes went into effect this morning. His Order requires all Texans to stay home unless they are participating in an essential service or activity. Those activities are outlined by the Department of Homeland Security and can be found at www.tdem.texas.gov . Further information can be found at https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce . It is important that everybody know, understand and comply with these directives from the Governor.
Restaurants using drive-thru, pickups, or delivery options are still allowed. However, dine-in options are restricted for the period of the Order. The Order allows people to access essential services or engage in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
At this time, Texans cannot use cosmetology salons, barbers, gyms and other non-essential businesses according to the Governor. In accordance with the Guidance from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Although these restrictions are inconvenient, they are necessary for public health considerations.
Littlefield appreciates the sacrifice that everyone is making to keep themselves, their families and public at large safe. We remind you that the Governor has issued consequences for failure to comply with any executive order issued during the COVID -19 disaster including a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both such fine and confinement. Please continue to take these Orders seriously We want to remind everyone to stay safe and continue using good hygiene and caution. By following these State and Federal Guidelines we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Littlefield encourages you to continue to educate yourselves on this developing situation through resources such as:
As an update to the confirmed case of the Covid-19 virus in Littlefield, we do know that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has reached out to people that had primary contact with the individual that tested positive for the virus. Those individuals are in self quarantine and are reporting their conditions daily to DSHS. DSHS continues to investigate this case, and at this time, DSHS has not alerted us to any possible places of contact with this individual within our community. There are no other confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Littlefield or Lamb County at this time.
From the beginning of the current issues related to Covid-19, the City has maintained a plan to notify the Public of positive test results in the City. In line with the protocol for this and similar issues, a positive test result triggers a report to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Following the report, DSHS begins an investigation of possible contacts made with the positive individual. No jurisdiction, including the City of Littlefield, is allowed to release personal or medical information about a member of the public. Under this established protocol, DSHS will investigate all local cases of the Covid-19 virus and will provide local government officials relevant information as soon as it is available and can be legally released. We take our responsibility to share information very seriously, and will do what we can within the confines of the law.
We encourage the Public to continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by practicing social distancing, washing hands regularly, staying home and contacting your health care provider by phone if you are feeling ill. During these difficult times it is important to keep calm and know that things will get better. Please continue to call and check on your neighbors. If you know anyone in need, or if you want to help those in need, please reach out to City Hall at 385-9202 as they are keeping a list to match up needs with those that can help. May this time of trial be a time of growth, for us all to remember what is most important.