Nacogdoches County Emergency Management on Thursday announced 16 new positive cases of the coronavirus, all but one of which are patients in their 40s or younger.
Two of the most recent cases, a girl in her teens and a man in his 30s, are from previously reported households. None were associated with long-term care facilities or with the county jail, where 43 inmates and staff have tested positive since the weekend.
“The state did test the jail several weeks back, but this is an ever-evolving and ever-changing situation,” County Emergency Management spokeswoman Amy Mehaffey said during a conference call with community leaders Tuesday.
Nacogdoches County’s number of active cases, those testing positive who are still contagious, is estimated at 353. As of Thursday, 33 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Ten of those were in intensive care.
A local call center also remains open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 936-468-4787 for those with flu-like symptoms.
“We get about 10 calls a day,” Mehaffey said. “A lot of people have figured out how to get tested, but we have people here every day to help answer questions and direct them to resources.”