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Shelby County Office of Emergency Management is reminding everyone to continue safe practices to help slow the spread of COVID 19

Shelby County Office of Emergency Management is reminding everyone to continue safe
practices to help slow the spread of COVID 19. The upcoming holidays will lead to
more activities, traveling, and gatherings. Plus the recent increase in active cases and
hospitalizations throughout the state and country makes it all the more important to
adhere to all the recommendations by health authorities.
While the active “lab confirmed” cases in Shelby County are relatively low at this point,
Texas Dept. of State Health Services has recently begun reporting the number of
“probable” cases to us. These probable cases include positive test results from the
antigen tests that provide results to the patient in approximately 15 minutes. These tests
are performed by health care providers and are done with a nasal swab similar to the lab
confirmed tests. Health care providers are then required to report the antigen test results
to DSHS and DSHS then reports the numbers of positive antigen test results to the Shelby
CO Office of Emergency Management once a week.
Currently, according to the reporting to us by DSHS, there are 29 active lab confirmed
cases in Shelby Co along with 25 probable cases bringing the total of Shelby County
cases to 54.
Please remember to follow these recommendations by the CDC to help prevent the
spread of the Coronavirus:
 Cover your mouth and nose with a mask while around others
 Stay home if you are sick
 Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and throw away tissue
after use
 Avoid large crowds or gatherings
 Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
 Clean and disinfect surfaces often