During Commissioners Court Monday morning, Atascosa County EMS Director Don Penny provided an update on COVID-19 in the county.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Atascosa County has a total of 322 cases of COVID-19: 207 confirmed active, 113 recovered and two deaths as of Tuesday evening.
“We all have our speculations on the reported number of deaths being incorrect. However, a very respected man taught me not to put anything out to the public unless it is confirmed,” said Penny. “I have not received any confirmation from DSHS on the two deaths that occurred over the July 4 weekend and I refuse to put them in my daily updates until I receive that state confirmation.”
Atascosa County PPE supply remains at a good level as of now and Penny explained that the county is seeing an increase in positive cases because of the increase in testing.
“We can all get this under control if the citizens would remain vigilant and continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings and promote good hygiene,” said Penny.
Regarding daily COVID 19 updates, Penny stated he is currently working on releasing an update on number of cases by zip code in Atascosa County. Residents can expect this information to be released in the near future.
“It’s a work in progress. I am just a bit behind on it, but one should be released at an unknown date.”
Free COVID-19 Testing Saturday, July 18
The Pleasanton Emergency Operations Center has announced another round of free COVID-19 testing in Pleasanton. This will be held Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the St. Andrews Catholic Church Parish Hall.
No appointment is needed. This is open to everyone, even if you do not have symptoms. They will be giving oral swab tests, not nasal swab. Results are typically back in 3-5 business days.