Shelby County confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 49; up 16 in past week
Kerri Shofner, Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator, on Thursday morning reported five more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county bringing the total to 49.
That is an increase of 16 confirmed cases this week, she said.
Statement from Kerri Shofner-Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator:
“Shelby County Office of Emergency Management was notified by Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) on April 15th of 5 more positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the total case count for Shelby County to 49.
Information on hospitalizations is still unknown on all the positive confirmed cases but we do have definitive confirmation that 9 of these 49 were hospitalized.
There has been a rise in the confirmed cases in Shelby County of 16 just this week. Although we have no definitive reason, we can only say that some of the potential reasons could be that there is more testing being available in Shelby County and in some instances testing criteria has been broadened.
More private labs are performing the lab tests and instead of there being a 3-5 day turnaround on results (as is the case with some state labs) these private labs are now having a 24-48 hour turn around on results.
And lastly and surely most importantly, Coronavirus is community spread in Shelby County and the best way to ensure we lower these positive confirmations and slow down the spread is to:
stay home as much as possible
maintain social distancing when you do have to be out (at least 6 ft)
practice good hygiene by washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer
definitely stay home if you’re sick.