COVID-19 isn’t done with East Texas.
In addition to a statewide closing of bars per order of Gov. Greg Abbott, the City of Nacogdoches this week closed the C.L. Simon Recreation Center after learning a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Office on Friday confirmed 10 new cases of the virus.
“This is not the time for complacency,” Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell said in a live media broadcast Friday afternoon. “We’re asking people to maintain social distancing and wear a mask in public in areas where you can’t social distance. It’s a personal responsibility — you owe it not only to yourself but others.”
The city’s C.L. Simon Recreation Center opened for limited hours and activities June 1 with cleaning after each session, mask and hand-washing requirements for staff and one-way entry and exits.
On Wednesday, however, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department learned a staff member had tested positive for the virus and immediately closed the facility.
“As a precautionary measure, all co-workers who have been in direct contact with this employee will be tested and self-quarantine pending the results,” a city statement read. “If you have visited the Recreation Center beginning June 15, you may have been exposed. Please watch for symptoms of the virus, including fever, cough and/or trouble breathing, and contact your primary care physician with further questions or to seek testing.”
The Judy McDonald Public Library has remained closed to the public with a pick-up service for library materials.
Of the 10 cases of the virus confirmed in Nacogdoches County Friday, six are related to long-term care facilities. The total cases in the county stood at 358 as of Friday, with 51 active cases.
Patients diagnosed from long-term care facilities included a woman in her 50s, a woman and a man both in their 60s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 90s and a woman over age 100.
Other cases announced Friday include two women in their 30s who live in the county, a woman in her 30s who lives in the city and a man in his 70s who is a city resident.
Seven cases were confirmed Thursday. One of them, a man in his 20s, was from a previously reported household. Others included a man and woman both in their 20s who live in the county, a woman in her 30s in the city, two men in their 40s who live the city and a man in his 50s, also a city resident. Three cases reported Wednesday included a man in his 20s and another in his 30s who live in the city, and a female county resident in her 30s.
For those experiencing symptoms or who feel they have been exposed to the virus, a local call center remains open from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 936-468-4787; appointments for tests are required for all testing sites within the county.