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Peterson Regional Medical Center releases COVID-19 testing numbers through March 25th

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KERRVILLE, Texas — As of Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, at 5:16 PM, twelve people have been tested for Coronavirus COVID-19 at Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and Peterson Urgent Care, according to PRMC Director of Marketing, Lisa Winters.

All tests have come back negative for COVID-19, and these are only numbers for Peterson Health patients, said PRMC.


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Lisa Winters said that other physicians outside of Peterson Health are testing for COVID-19, but PRMC has no way to know what those numbers are.

All CDC guidelines are being followed for screening people with symptoms, and those with the outlined symptoms that meet the criteria are tested with their results sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services for testing.

Anyone with symptoms can call the Peterson Regional Medical Center COVID-19 non-medical hotline at 830-896-4200.


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There have been zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kerrville or Kerr County at this time.

Kerr County Judge Rob Kelly said Tuesday that eight people in Kerr County who were suspected of possibly having COVID-19 are self-quarantining at this time, and are awaiting their test results.

The Kerrville Daily Times said Wednesday that at least three of their employees are self-quarantining after being exposed to a visitor from Houston who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The possible COVID-19 exposure occurred at Kerrville Daily Times between March 16-17.


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Texas Breaking News will continue to work to bring you the latest updates regarding COVID-19 in Kerrville and Kerr County.

 

 

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Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads

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By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic, while announcing the state’s first pop-up hospital to deal with the crisis. He also said he was moving to “stop the release of dangerous felons” amid the outbreak.


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Abbott said he was dramatically expanding a previous executive order that requires a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans. Now, the state is also mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone driving into Texas from anywhere in Louisiana and for those flying in from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, as well as anywhere in California and Washington.

In Texas, Abbott said the state’s first ad hoc health care facility to respond to the pandemic will be the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, an original hotspot for the outbreak at the state level. The convention center has the capacity for 250 beds “with plenty of room to massively expand that number if needed,” Abbott said.

At the same time, Abbott said there is “plenty of hospital capacity” to deal with the outbreak statewide and existing hospitals remain the “primary location” for treatment. He said the number of hospital beds available for coronavirus patients statewide more than doubled in the past week, with over 16,000 beds free as of Thursday. Most of those beds became available after he issued an executive order a week ago banning non essential surgeries in the state.


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Elaborating on the new Louisiana travel restrictions, Abbott said they will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety “at and near entry points from Louisiana.” The restrictions do “not apply to travel related to commercial activities, military service, emergency response, health response or critical infrastructure functions,” Abbott said.

Abbott’s order comes as state and local officials continue to battle over whether to release as many as thousands of inmates awaiting trial from the Harris County Jail, where at least one inmate has tested positive for the new coronavirus and some 30 others are showing symptoms.

Advocates have fought for as many inmates as possible to be released from county jails, citing the increased risk of spread given close quarters and poor sanitary conditions. Abbott and Texas Attorney General Paxton on Sunday asked to intervene in a federal lawsuit in Harris County in which a federal judge is weighing whether and how to release Harris County Jail inmates.


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According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo had been drafting an executive order for compassionate releases of inmates on no-cost bonds before trial, but shelved it over concerns that Paxton’s office would halt it.

There are, as of Sunday, at least 2,552 coronavirus cases in Texas, including 34 deaths, according to the latest figures from Texas Department of State Health Services. Almost half of Texas’ 254 counties — 118 — are reporting cases.

There have been 25,483 tests done in the state, according to the DSHS numbers.

Abbott said 176 Texans have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus, which Abbott emphasized is still a small fraction of those who have contracted the disease.

The growing spread of coronavirus throughout Texas comes as Abbott continues to resist calls to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order, a move that many of the state’s biggest counties and cities have already taken. Asked Sunday about the possibility of further statewide action, Abbott said he was waiting to see new federal guidance that is expected to be issued this week. Later in the afternoon, President Donald Trump announced that national social distancing guidelines would extend through April 30.

Emma Platoff and Jolie McCullough contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/29/texas-expands-travel-restrictions-coronavirus-spreads/.

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Country music legend Joe Diffie passes away from Coronavirus COVID-19 complications

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NASHVILLE, Tenn — Country music legend and GRAMMY®-winner Joe Diffie passed away Sunday from complications due to Coronavirus COVID-19.

Just Friday, Joe made a statement that said, “I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).”


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“My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Joe had postponed his concert that was scheduled for March 21st in Tifton, GA, stating that his number one priority was the health and well-being of everyone in attendance.

Joe Diffie was 61 years old and had 17 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country charts in the 1990’s.


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Boerne City Hall votes to extend Mayor Handren’s Emergency Health Declaration for 30 days

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BOERNE, Texas — By unanimous vote, Boerne City Council has voted to extend Mayor Handren’s emergency health declaration for 30 days, according to the City of Boerne.

This was during the first City Council meeting in the new chambers. There was just essential staff and the building was physically closed to the public, with some council members joining remotely.


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The Council also requested any and all ways the city can help our residents in the come weeks and months who might face economic hardship.

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“We know these are tough times, one that few could’ve predicted at the beginning of the new year. If we stick together, neighbor helping neighbor, we will come out of this a stronger community,” said a Facebook post from the City of Boerne.


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“We can’t wait to re-open all our city facilities to you, our residents; and we can’t wait for you to see your home for city government, in action, working daily for the people of Boerne.”

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While COVID-19 was the main topic, Boerne City Council also talked about other issues the city is facing during the meeting other than the COVID-19 epidemic, like sidewalk repairs/expansions, etc.


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