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Kerr County COVID-19 reporting explained

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Due to conflicting reports regarding COVID-19 cases in Kerr County, Peterson Health is seeking to become the primary reporting source for coronavirus cases by offering a daily update on the county’s caseload, officials with the medical center said last week.

In the past, Peterson Health, the National Guard, and local independent testing sites all reported COVID-19 tests and positive cases to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which then compiled the results and reported aggregate totals to Kerr County.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the turnaround time for this process was less than 24 hours.

However, as the number of coronavirus cases has increased across Texas, DSHS is experiencing a significant backlog and can no longer complete the investigation in 24 hours, Peterson Health said.

Since Peterson Health conducts the majority of local COVID-19 tests, the hospital will report its latest case totals at 4:30 p.m. each day on its website. Test results conducted outside of Peterson Health will be added to the numbers once they are reported to Kerr County by the state.

As of Sunday, June 28, Kerr County had 73 cases of COVID-19, and the virus was responsible for one death in the county, Peterson said. It said it had no patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at that time.

Peterson Health said it will continue to work closely with the City of Kerrville, Kerr County public information officers and key healthcare stakeholder to keep the lines of communication open and to ensure the information shared is accurate and timely.

For daily updates, visit https://www.petersonhealth. com/covid-19-news/.

Peterson Health, earlier in June, said the county had witnessed a surge in positive COVID-19 cases and nearly a doubling of the number of people who wanted to be tested for the virus at the Peterson Outreach Clinic.

Testing at the clinic is available Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but in accordance with state and federal rules, is only provided to patients who are exhibiting symptoms of the contagion, unless the patient is a health care worker and a childcare worker.

The clinic is located at 1740 Junction Highway. Hospital officials also said symptoms of the virus may appear from 2-14 days after a person is exposed to the virus. They urge those who think they have been exposed to the virus to call Peterson’s hotline at 830-896- 4200, Option 1, or contact their own personal physician or the outreach clinic to get more information.

Symptoms of the virus have been expanded to include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, a headache, a new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, but they typically do not arise until at least two days after exposure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who have tested positive have mild illness and are able to recover at home.

Those who are sick with COVID-19 or those who suspect they might have the virus are encouraged to take the following steps:

Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, have any other emergency warning signs or if you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation, including ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people. Peterson Health thanked

Peterson Health thanked the community for its support in the joint efforts to keep Kerrville and Kerr County a safe haven for those who live there.