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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Hockley County

The Lubbock Health Department has confirmed that one of the cases that tested positive for COVID-19 in Lubbock is a resident of Hockley County.

In a press conference hosted by the City of Lubbock Tuesday evening, Katherine Wells, director of the Lubbock Health Department, said around 5:30 p.m. she received notification that there had been two locally confirmed cases, one who is a resident of Lubbock County and the other who is a resident of Hockley County.

Wells said both cases are travel related and not community transmitted cases. 

‘These were unrelated cases that both happened to be tested in the last day or so,’ Wells said.

She said the health department is currently working to identify any recent contacts of these individuals and will begin monitoring those contacts.

‘That means we will ask any contacts of these individuals to refrain from going out in public, practice social distancing and monitor themselves for fever and any symptoms of coronavirus,’ Wells said. ‘If we see any signs or symptoms, we would quickly get those individuals tested.’

Wells said the investigation is still ongoing into what contacts the individuals had before testing positive for COVID-19. Dr. Cook said both individuals reported their symptoms to the health department and were facilitated tests.

‘Let me reiterate, it’s here,’ Dr. Cook said. ‘We’re all a little nervous about it. Let me reassure you our healthcare system is ready for this.’

Cook also said that people should continue to practice social distancing and stay at home, especially if they are ill or not feeling well. 

‘It doesn’t matter if you think it’s the common cold, stay at home,’ Cook said. ‘We are strong West Texas people, we will weather this storm. I have complete faith, we will weather this storm.’

Wells and Cook said because of the ongoing investigation and the fact that the positive results were only hours old, more information about the patients who tested positive and their possible contacts were not available as of yet.

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