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Coronavirus Cases In Brewster County Rise For Third Time In Three Days

Mitch Borden
Marfa Public Radio
A member of the Texas National Guard checks information on a driver's license at one of the state's recent mobile coronavirus testing sites in Far West Texas.

There are now four new cases of coronavirus in Brewster County, state officials announced late Monday.

The patients represent the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh cases in Brewster County. They range from a woman in her 60s and a man in his 20s to a man in his 60s and a woman in her 40s. The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a press release that these cases are "assumed to be community spread at this time, and all are self-isolating at their individual homes."

All recent cases, including this most recent announcement, are in North Brewster County, according to state health officials.

This is the third announcement of new coronavirus cases in Brewster County in as many days. One of the residents that recently tested positive is a staff member at Alpine Independent School District, according to district officials. The district says it's beginning a “14-day closure period immediately” — all campuses, offices, facilities and operations will be closed until June 29.

The growing number of cases comes days after the state ran a mobile testing site in Alpine, where 61 residents were screened for COVID-19. According to Alpine City Manager Erik Zimmer, four of the 10 positive results came from the latest testing round, whereas the other six individuals had been in contact with local physicians.

DSHS is assisting Brewster County to conduct contact tracing, so anyone who may have come into contact with the patients will be identified “so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms.”

The department is encouraging individuals to stay home if they feel sick, continue practicing social distancing and frequently washing hands and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

Carlos Morales is Marfa Public Radio's News Director.