Harrison County COVID-19 Testing Update

[Marshall, Texas, April 8, 2020]

[Marshall, Texas] The Emergency Management Team of Harrison County and the City of Marshall understand the need for information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) is vital to all of our residents. The Marshall Harrison County Health District strives to provide the most up-to-date information. However, we urge residents to please understand the reporting of this data is a significant challenge due to the number of facilities, agencies, and departments involved. Information on testing data published to the community is the best determination from the data available at the time of posting.

The following data represents Harrison County COVID-19 Testing reported to Marshall Harrison County Health District as of 4/7/2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Positive                 11

Negative              181

Pending               48

Total                      240

In order to safeguard our community from new cases, citizens are urged to follow all orders by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC), Executive Orders by Governor Greg Abbott and the City of Marshall First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease.

1.            Restrict physical contact and publicly used areas.

2.            Maintain Social Distancing with a safe distance of six (6’) feet between individuals.

3.            Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more per Executive Order of Governor Abbott.

4.            Residents should not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

5.            In accordance with the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. Residents may still utilize drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options through the Executive Order.

6.            Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

7.            Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

8.            If soap is not available, use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

9.            Avoid close contact with people who are sick. All persons should remain in the home if one person in the home exhibits symptoms.

10.          An essential errand should be conducted by only one adult from the household. All other family members should remain sheltered at home.

11.          CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask in public. The mask will fit snugly, be secured with ear loops, and be able to be laundered and machine dried often. A mask should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or unable to remove the mask without assistance. A mask with multiple layers of fabric should allow for breathing without restriction. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators as those critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

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April 8, 2020

JOHNS HOPKINS EPI UPDATE The WHO COVID-19 Situation Report for April 7 reported 1,210,956 confirmed COVID-19 cases (77,200 new) and 67,594 deaths (4,810 new).


Barrier Enclosure during Endotracheal Intubation https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2007589?query=featured_coronavirus

This short video shows how contaminating the insertion of a plastic tube into the windpipe of an unconscious or anoxic patient can be. It is surprising that no one thought of it before, because almost invariably the patient coughs involuntarily when this procedure is performed.

If you watch this video, you will see just how much mucous and debris can be generated and how widely it can spread. YOU WON’T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR MASK AND WASH FREQUENTLY.


Ten Weeks to Crush the Curve

Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.

How to declare victory by June 6, D Day. Easy enough to read and appreciate. 2 pages

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Eric Toner, MD, and Richard Waldhorn, MD 

April 7, 2020

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How to Make (and Use) a Disinfectant Against Coronavirus https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/well/how-to-make-and-use-a-disinfectant-against-coronavirus.html

Includes: Complete disinfecting protocol includes four steps: Pre-cleaning, disinfecting (dwell time), wiping clean and rinsing with water.

Pre-cleaning is most important on heavily soiled surfaces, because dirt can shield pathogens underneath; it’s fine to use soap and water or a household cleaner. Disinfecting for the proper dwell time, of course, is nonnegotiable. Wiping afterward is essential because disinfectants can leave a sticky residue where pathogens can quickly resettle. And rinsing finishes the process.

*This is a good article to read yourself. I was doing a lot of things wrong. JH

UPDATE: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Gregg County increased by six Tuesday to a total of 34, according to Gregg County Health Administrator A.J. Harris.

Coronavirus Tips: Frequently Asked Questions and Advice (Business as well as Medical, travel, estimates—lots of questions and answers)

Remember KMHT RADIO—our own station in Marshall carries C-19 News in addition to other news and entertainment.

KMHT Radio 103.9 FM

The United States should enjoy a new group of “War Babies” around the holiday season next winter.

Still haven’ decided where to go for Easter — the Family Room or the Living Room.

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