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DHS identifies possible ‘common event’ in area COVID-19 cases

The Texas Department of Health Services has identified a possible ‘common event’ in regards to area COVID-19 cases.

According to a press release from Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge Tuesday night, the department has identified the regional boys basketball tournament held in Levelland at South Plains College on March 7, as a possible ‘common event’ in relation to area confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

She said at this time, the event does not seem to have a common attribute to confirmed Hockley County cases.

‘The health department will continue their investigations in our Hockley County cases and I will share the pertinent information that I can share with the public as I receive it,’ Baldridge said.

Baldridge said with assistance from Jodey Arrington, U.S. Representative for District 19, she is now able to obtain more information that she can release to the public. Baldridge said she spoke with Arrington on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. She added that anyone can contact the representative’s Lubbock district office with questions or concerns by calling (806) 763-1611.

‘Congressman Arrington has been essential in aiding me in getting help in our county,’ Baldridge said.

She added that the number of cases in Hockley County is significant, especially due to the population contrast between Lubbock and Hockley counties.

‘To put this into perspective, as of March 24, our neighboring Lubbock County has a population of approximately 13 times the population of Hockley County and at this time has 14 confirmed cases while Hockley County has five confirmed cases,’ Baldridge said.

Judge Baldridge is urging citizens and residents of Hockley County and the surrounding area to be vigilant in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to restrictions placed on communities by local and state governments.

‘I cannot emphasize enough to our citizens that we must be united and diligent as a county in the battle against the spread of COVID-19,’ Baldridge said. ‘Without complete cooperation and compliance with the safety guidelines set out by the CDC and strict compliance with Governor Abbot’s executive orders by everyone in Hockley County, we cannot flatten the curve and protect our citizens.’

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