Number of active COVID-19 cases rises to 30; deaths are at 5webmaster July 30, 2020 0 COMMENTS
By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent
In the story “Number of active COVID-19 cases rises to 30; deaths are at 5,” that ran July 30, it was stated that two Parkview residents died from COVID-19. Chris Antillon, Parkview Nursing Home administrator, said after all residents and staff were tested for COVID-19, only two residents and one staff member tested positive. Of the two residents that tested positive, only one of them passed. The other is currently hospitalized.
A Muleshoe/Bailey County Emergency Management system post Sunday listed the number of active COVID-19 cases at 30 and the number of deaths at 5.
Counties that apply for exemption are waived from wearing masks when the number of active cases is 20 or fewer, according to Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-19. Bailey County is no longer eligible for the exemption.
Dennis Fleenor, Muleshoe Area Medical Center director, said the most recent deaths were not related to Parkview Nursing Home. The first death was that of someone outside the county; the second and third deaths were from Parkview; the fourth and fifth deaths were not related to Parkview.
“The nursing home has done a very, very good job of stopping the virus in its tracks, once they started identifying positive cases,” he said. “They were sent to the hospital and treated appropriately. A couple were sent to Lubbock, and passed away there.
“Every resident and every employee was tested, and there were no additional positive tests. All came back non-detected.”
Fleenor said a recent Parkview death was not related to COVID-19.
A press release posted Thursday by Bailey County said, “Unfortunately we must report that Bailey County has suffered two more deaths due to COVID-19 in the past two days. A 62-year-old female and an 87-year-old female both passed away.
“Additionally, out of an abundance of caution and due to a possible exposure, we will be closed tomorrow, July 24, 2020. All offices will be deep cleaned and plan to reopen Monday. At this time we have no reason to believe the public was exposed.”
Fleenor credited the Muleshoe/Bailey County Emergency Management system with doing a phenomenal job of keeping the public informed on their Facebook site, as well as calculating and coordinating test results.
“We as leaders of Bailey County request that citizens continue to take safety measures, including hand washing, wearing masks and doing everything that they can to protect others,” Fleenor said.
With seasonal allergies going around, it’s easy to forget not to touch our faces. However, Fleenor wants the public to continue to be aware of ways that the virus can spread.
“When we scratch our noses or rub our eyes, those are all areas that can get us infected,” he said. “The virus spreads not only through droplets, but by touching something that has those droplets.”