Update @ 10:53 a.m.: The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Washington County.
The Washington County Office of Emergency Management and Dr. William Loesch, Washington County’s health authority, announced this (Wednesday) morning the first case confirmed by testing at Baylor Scott and White in Brenham. The patient is a male in his 40s.
Brenham City Manager James Fisher confirmed the positive case to be in a City of Brenham employee. He said all appropriate measures with the employee and the employee’s department are being taken.
A release this morning from the Washington County Office of Emergency Management said, with current information, the patient is suspected to have contracted the virus from community spread. Investigation into the source is ongoing, and more details will be released when available.
Details of the patient are being held for privacy reasons, but emergency management officials say the patient is expected to be sent home for quarantine and isolation, and all appropriate measures to reduce the spread of the virus are underway. Family members and close contacts of the patient have been identified, and are also in self-quarantine at this time.
Emergency management officials say the City of Brenham and Washington County are fully aware of the evolving situation, and are in close communication with local health officials. They say this is an expected course of events, and as more testing is performed, more positives are expected.
Symptoms of the virus are variable, with patients potentially showing minor or no symptoms early in the course of infection. Anyone with a fever, cough, or general fatigue is encouraged to self-isolate from others to prevent the spread of the disease.
While patients over 65 and those with comorbid issues such as diabetes, immune-compromised systems, lung disease, and smoking history are at much higher risk of death and severe disease due to the virus, all patients have a risk to progress to severe symptoms and/or require hospitalization. However, most that contract the virus will have a mild to moderate course and not be seriously ill.
Officials reiterate the importance of exercising social distancing and obeying current containment measures, which they say are even more important now that the virus is known to be in the community. They also encourage continued good hygiene and the disinfecting of surfaces in order to stop the spread of the virus.
City and county officials say this will be the only announcement regarding the case at this time.
Original Story @ 10:08 a.m.: The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Washington County.
Brenham City Manager James Fisher this (Wednesday) morning confirmed a City of Brenham employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. He said all appropriate measures with the employee and the employee’s department are being taken.
Fisher added that the county has been made fully aware of this, and that any further information on the case will come directly from medical personnel with the county.
Emergency Management Coordinator Bryan Ruemke said more information will be put out shortly in a news release.