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KERRVILLE, Texas — Peterson Health confirmed their second COVID-19 case. The following is a press release directly from Peterson Health.

“Today, Tuesday, April 7th, Peterson Regional Medical Center announced its second patient with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19.

The patient arrived at the emergency department on Monday exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19. The staff immediately isolated and screened the patient. The patient was admitted to the hospital pending results and has remained in isolation at all times. All recommended protocols were followed to ensure the safety of other patients and Peterson medical staff.


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The individual, a man in his 70s, who is a resident of Bandera County, recently traveled to an identified hot spot. We do not believe this is a community-acquired case.

Peterson’s healthcare workers who came into contact with the patient at the hospital followed every procedure and wore all of the required personal protective equipment at all times.

While this is the second confirmed case at our hospital, it is still only the second case in Kerr County, but it will likely not be the last. Cory Edmondson, President and CEO of Peterson Health states, “We will need the community’s full support and cooperation as the situation grows. We are committed to keeping our healthcare partners and public informed of all COVID-19 activity and to keeping our community and employees safe and well at all times. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuing, if not elevating, our standard precautions, as recommended by the CDC and TDSHS as follows:


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•Practice social distancing.
•Avoid contact with people who are sick.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
•If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
•Don’t go to work if you are sick.

We want to emphasize to the community the importance of social distancing and limiting all unnecessary travel in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially over the upcoming Easter holiday.”


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If you have question about COVID-19, are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 to include fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or need information about our new drive-in screening clinic, call our COVID-19 hotline at (830) 896-4200 and select Option 1. The number is manned by registered nurses and is open from 6am-Midnight, seven (7) days a week.

In addition, Peterson Health offers a wealth of information and resources on their website, to include a daily updated one-minute medical message on the COVID-19. Visit the website at www.petersonhealth.com.

For more information and updates on Peterson’s preparedness, contact any of the following personnel: Infection Prevention – Pam Burton, R.N., (830) 258-7448; Communications – Lisa Winters, Director of Marketing and Community Relations (830)258-7628″

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Coronavirus in Texas 4/6: 7,276 cases and 140 deaths; state opens checkpoints near Louisiana border

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Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

Monday’s biggest developments

  • Texas reports 7,276 cases and 140 deaths
  • Texas Supreme Court extends pause on evictions until April 30
  • Checkpoints open for drivers entering Texas from Louisiana

Fourth execution in Texas put on hold due to coronavirus

[3:03 p.m.] A fourth Texas execution has been delayed because of the new coronavirus. At the request of prosecutors, the trial court moved Billy Joe Wardlow’s execution from April 29 to July 8, according to the Titus County District Clerk’s office.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has already halted the three other executions that were scheduled in March and April — issuing 60-day stays in the cases of John Hummel, Tracy Beatty and Fabian Hernandez. In two orders, the court said the decisions were made “in light of the current health crisis and the enormous resources needed to address that emergency.”


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Prosecutors in Tarrant and Smith counties were against stopping the first two executions; El Paso’s district attorney did not file a response in Hernandez’s case. Those counties must wait 60 days before requesting a new execution date, which must be set more than 90 days in advance. Aside from Wardlow’s new July date, five other executions are scheduled in Texas from May to September. — Jolie McCullough

Bonnen asks House staff to work at Texas Workforce Commission call center

[2:30 p.m.] Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, is asking Texas House members’ staff to consider volunteering their time to help the Texas Workforce Commission, which has been overloaded with Texans trying to file unemployment insurance claims.


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“There are no public servants better trained to be in the trenches fighting this battle for Texans than those who already dedicate themselves each day to serving our constituents, and who are familiar with the processes and duties of being responsive to them,” Bonnen wrote in an email to the House this afternoon.

Hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Texans have applied for relief over the past few weeks. The sudden spike has prompted jammed phone lines and website servers crashing at the agency.

According to Bonnen, the agency has a couple more call centers — one with 150 operators and another with 200 — set to come online to help respond to the spike. The agency has, among other things, also moved 200 employees to its call centers and hired 100 additional operators, according to the speaker. — Cassi Pollock


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Texas reports 7,276 cases and 140 deaths

[1:15 p.m.] Texas reported 464 more cases of the new coronavirus Monday, an increase of about 7% over the previous day, bringing the total number of known cases to 7,276. Six new counties reported their first cases Monday; more than half of the state’s 254 counties have reported at least one case.

Harris County has reported the most cases, 1,395, followed by Dallas County, which has reported 1,112 cases.

The state has reported 13 additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 140 — an increase of about 10% from Sunday. Harris County reported three additional deaths, bringing its total to 20 deaths, more than any other county.

As of Monday, 1,153 patients are currently hospitalized in Texas. At least 85,357 tests have been conducted. — Chris Essig

Checkpoints open for drivers entering from Louisiana

[10:37 a.m.] Texas has set up road checkpoints along the Louisiana border as it increases enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order requiring visitors from the neighboring state to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Abbott and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen tweeted about the checkpoints Sunday, with the latter describing them as “roadway screening stations to gather [required] forms” for self-quarantining. Abbott’s order, issued March 29, requires drivers coming in to Texas from Louisiana to fill out a form designating a quarantine location in Texas.

“On Sunday, April 5, 2020, checkpoints and screening of vehicles by the Texas Department of Public Safety began on all roadways entering Texas from Louisiana,” the Louisiana State Police wrote Sunday morning on Facebook, attaching photos of signs pointing drivers off of highways to checkpoints.

DPS said in a statement that the checkpoints will be in the Texas counties that border Louisiana and located on “major roadways in these counties, including interstate highways and other high-volume routes.” Drivers entering Texas from Louisiana should be prepared to stop, the department said.

DPS initially said it did not plan to establish checkpoints at the border but vowed to “vigorously” enforce Abbott’s multiple self-quarantine requirements. He has also mandated 14-day self-quarantines for air travelers from Louisiana, as well as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami. — Patrick Svitek

Texas evictions now on pause until April 30

[ 10 a.m.] The Texas Supreme Court on Monday morning extended its pause on eviction proceedings another 10 days.

Evictions are now halted until April 30; the court’s prior order put them on pause until April 20. At the end of the period, the Chief Justice Nathan Hecht can choose to renew the order again.

There is one exception: Landlords may proceed with eviction cases only if the actions of the occupants “pose an imminent threat” of physical harm to the landlord, the landlord’s employees or other tenants, or if the occupants are engaging in criminal activity.

With thousands of Texans losing their jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down businesses, renters and landlords are both worried about how they’ll make ends meet.

Some cities and counties have opted to ban evictions for even longer than the Texas Supreme Court has ordered. Austin has instituted a 60-day grace period. Earlier this month, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins halted evictions through May 18. — Sami Sparber

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/04/06/coronavirus-texas-46-state-supreme-court-extends-eviction-freeze/.

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Kerrville Police believe they have identified person found in river, no foul play suspected

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UPDATE (04/06/2020) — The Kerrville Police Department says they have tentatively identified the person found in the Guadalupe River Friday evening.

“Investigators have spoken with family members and others who believe they know they identity of the deceased,” stated a press release from the Kerrville Police Department Monday afternoon.

“At this time, we believe we know who the deceased is; however, a positive identification is still pending.”


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The Kerrville Police Department says they will not release the name of the deceased person until they are certain of the deceased identity and all of his family members have been notified.

“Fingerprints have been taken from the deceased and are being compared with the fingerprints on file in order to confirm the person’s identity,” stated the release. “We anticipate having the results in the near future.”

The circumstances in which the deceased entered the river are the focus of an ongoing investigation, but the investigators do not suspect foul play.


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Texas Breaking News will keep you updated as more information is released.

KERRVILLE, Texas — The Kerrville Police Department is asking the public’s help to identify a person who was found deceased in the Guadalupe River.


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“On Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at about 6:40 p.m., officers were called to the Guadalupe River adjacent to the 2700 block of Memorial Highway/SH 27, regarding a body floating in the river. Officers responded and located a deceased male in the water,” stated a press release sent out Saturday afternoon.

“The Kerrville Fire Department responded and recovered the body from the river. The deceased has been taken to a local funeral home and an autopsy has been ordered.”

“The circumstances in which the deceased entered the river are the focus of an on-going investigation. There was no identification located on the body and his identity is unknown.”

“The deceased is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 20-30 years of age. He had a very short, buzz cut type haircut and a thin moustache. He is described as being approximately 5’06” to 5’08” tall and weighing approximately 180-210 pounds.”

“He was found wearing a sleeveless white undershirt and black athletic shorts with a red border and yellow trim, and black and green plaid boxer shorts.”

If anyone has any information that could lead to the identification of this individual, please contact Investigator Ed Holloway at (830) 258-1314, or the KPD non-emergency number, (830) 257-8181.


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