Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kaufman County stood at 24 on Thursday afternoon, according to the office of County Judge Hal Richards.

County Health Officer Dr. Benjamin Brashear, however, told county commissioners earlier this week it is likely the county has hundreds of people who are infected with COVID-19. They could be asymptomatic or presenting only mild symptoms. Others could be sick with the virus and have decided to ride out their illness at home.

The official numbers are relayed to the county from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which obtains information from labs that test for the virus. Widespread community testing, however, is not being conducted.

Richard’s office also released a statement Thursday indicating that county officials will not provide detailed information that could identify a COVID-19 patient and violate privacy laws.

Continuous updates are available on the county’s website (Kaufmancounty.net) each workday at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Please follow these steps to prevent spread of the coronavirus:

  • Stay at home at much as possible to isolate yourself
  • Practice social distancing if you must go out
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, or use a sanitizing solution with at least 60% alcohol.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.