During this morning's live special announcement by Scurry County officials, Dr. Bid Cooper, the local health authority for the county, advised that Cogdell Hospital in Snyder had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
According to Dr. Cooper, the individual is between 50-60 years of age. He contacted the hospital complaining of fever and shortness of breath. He was instructed to report to the hospital's drive-in outside of the front door and stay in his car. The patient was met outside by medical staff and determined to be significantly ill.
Dr. Cooper advised that they were suspicious of COVID-19 from the start and all people in contact with the patient wore the proper personal protective equipment. The patient was masked and taken to isolation room in the Emergency Room and evaluated there. Subsequently, he was transferred to an outside institution in serious but stable condition.
The investigation revealed that he had been to a doctor's appointment in Lubbock on March 18, 2020 and had been in his house since then until his visit to the hospital. Dr. Cooper advised that they'll continue to give daily updates on the county's situation.
Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks advised that they will continue to advise of further positive cases as they arise. He also encouraged residents to continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands, don't touch their face, and to wear their face masks.
Watch the video announcement at: https://youtu.be/6PoYkH56xvg