DSHS reports four new cases, identifies potential exposure site

The Department of State Health Services has confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 in Hockley County and said a Lubbock resident tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event in Levelland.

The new cases bring the total active cases in the county to seven and the total confirmed cases in Hockley County to 35. DSHS also reported one new recovery, bringing the total to 27, including two cases that were closed due to lost contact. There has been one death related to COVID-19 reported in Hockley County, leaving seven active cases.

The new cases all involve Levelland residents. Two of the cases involve individuals between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, one case involves a resident between the ages of 30 and 40 years old and the fourth case involves a resident between the ages of 50 and 60 years old.

The other active cases involve two Levelland residents and one Anton resident.

DSHS also notified Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge that a Lubbock resident who tested positive for COVID-19 attended an event Monday evening at the Mallet Event Center and Arena while asymptomatic. The individual developed symptoms within the next 48 hours and tested positive. She said the individual indicates they did not have direct contact with anyone while attending the event and did not sit near anyone while at the event. Baldridge said this does not mean the individual was exposed at the Mallet Event Center but rather that the Mallet Event Center could possibly be a site of exposure.

Judge Baldridge said the Mallet Event Center is sanitized significantly after every event and has been cleaned since the exposure.

*This story was updated at 5:35 p.m. to reflect a correction by the judge indicating DSHS also reported a new recovery Thursday, bringing the active cases to seven and recoveries to 27.

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