As of press time, Atascosa County reported its second confirmed death from COVID-19. In total, the county has 36 cases – six active, 28 recovered and two deaths.
Atascosa County officials had to check-in with active COVID-19 cases that weren’t reporting to the state.
On Tuesday afternoon, Emergency Management Coordinator David Prasifka gave an update on COVID-19 in Atascosa County.
“Since the [May 22 update], I’ve done two control orders,” Prasifka said.
Texas Health and Human Services contacts people that have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolated from the public.
“The state calls them once a day and asks them for their temperature and how they are feeling,” Prasifka said. “A few of the [positive cases] haven’t been calling in.”
Atascosa County Judge Robert Hurley asked Prasifka to talk to the postive residents with Chief Henry Dominguez as support.
“I asked them to please make their telephone call as soon as they get the report. The sooner they can get back to normal,” Prasifka said.
He said the people that haven’t reported have not given him any trouble when he stopped by to check in.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Stuart Knowlton asked how long a person needs to be isolated.
“Until their temperature is normal and they feel better,” Prasifka said.
When Prasifka goes to contact a case, he reads and gives the person a copy of the written order.
“Sometimes they say they don’t have any telephone service, whenever they hear me say, ‘My County Judge is serious about this.’ For some reason, they start answering their telephone,”’ Prasifka said.
Hurley said the county is not trying to tell people what to do, but to make sure their neighbors are safe.
“They can cut their grass, but they just can’t go to the grocery store or anything like that,” Hurley said.
He said there are cases that have come from the same household.
Hurley said when THHS calls and they don’t get a response they call the county.
“They call to check on them and see if they need medical care. They touch base,” Hurley said.
Not checking in with the state could lead to arrest.
“This is a pretty serious infraction and we don’t want to go there, but the possibility is there,” Hurley said. “Once they realize that it is not some game being played they pay attention.”
Wednesday marked the first day the county started testing nursing home residents in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders.
Two were scheduled for testing on Wednesday, two Thursday and one on Friday with one nursing home doing the testing on their own, Prasifka said.
He has received bleach and personal protective equipment (PPE) is stocked.
“Everyone is in good shape. I got a nice stockpile of PPE,” Prasifka said.