The Brazoria County Health Department is reporting two “presumptive positive” cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazoria County. The two individuals reside in a single household in the Alvin area. The individuals self-reported and were tested at a Harris County health facility. The results came back for both as presumptive positive cases. These two individuals have not reported travel outside of the Houston area but did attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Cook-Off and Events. The Brazoria County Health Department is conducting an epidemiological investigation and is working to identify any contacts they may have had.
The best way to protect yourself and loved ones is to take preventive actions to avoid exposure to this virus.
A novel coronavirus called SARS-coV-2 (formally called 2019-nCoV) has emerged out of Wuhan, China. In the following weeks since its emergence, the virus has spread to multiple countries around the world, including the United States. The illness that SARS-CoV-2 causes is COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
Fever Cough Shortness of breath
At this time, there are no confirmed of COVID-19 in Brazoria County. Current case counts in the United States are available on the CDC website. Current case counts in Texas are available on the DSHS website.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. These every day actions can all prevent exposure to other respiratory viruses as well.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. - Stay home when you are sick. - Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. - Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. - Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty.
DSHS Call Center:
Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. To find more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or DSHS websites or call the number below.
"We are aware of yesterday's alert from the World Health Organization designating COVID-19 as a pandemic. Furthermore, we understand that proactive measures are superior to reactive measures in terms of controlling the number of new cases. Therefore, because of the rapidly evolving nature of this situation and out of an abundance of caution, Pearland ISD is joining other Houston area districts to close schools the week of March 16 - 20 to help prevent exposure to students, staff and the community. I do not make this decision lightly. I fully realize it presents significant difficulties to working parents who have young, school-aged children. But we are hopeful that these measures will better ensure the long-term health and safety of children, staff, and the larger community.
Additionally, all extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice.
The district will re-evaluate any further need for closure no later than March 20. If closure is required beyond next week, the district will begin providing distance learning options for students, in so far as what can be accomplished without compromising faculty/staff health. At this time, we do not anticipate extending the school year in order to "make up" the days from this closure."
CITY OF PEARLAND:
Out of an abundance of caution and because of the evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Pearland Parks and Recreation Department is joining area partners and will close several facilities to help prevent exposure to residents, staff and the community.
The Recreation Center and Natatorium at 4141 Bailey Road will be closed from March 13 - 24, and the Knapp Activity Center located at 2424 South Park Avenue will be closed until further notice. Customers who were receiving meal service from the Knapp Center can call 281.652.1890 to guarantee that service will continue.
In addition to facility closures, special events hosted be the City - Paws in the Park, Clear Creek Trail Green Tee Terrace section Ribbon Cutting - will be postponed until further notice.
The Parks and Recreation department will continue to work with Emergency Management to stay on top of the situation and re-open facilities as soon as it has been determined to be safe.