First coronavirus COVID-19 case confirmed in Gaines County

GAINES COUNTY, Tx. (KOSA) -- South Plains Public Health District has confirmed that Gaines County has its first coronavirus COVID-19 case.

According to a release, the case was not acquired locally in the county.

The Health District is now working to identify people who had recently come in contact with the patient to identify potential exposure risks.

No details were released on the patient.

The following comes from the South Plains Public Health District:

The South Plains Public Health District has confirmed its first case of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The case was not acquired in Gaines County. The Health District is working to identify recent contacts of the patient. This step identifies potential exposure risks. The South Plains Public Health District and other response agencies are prepared and have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues. The District will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC. The District’s disease surveillance team will continue working diligently to ensure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19.

The South Plains Public Health District and our health care partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Seminole area to prepare for the possibility of more local cases. Please continue to follow proper hygiene recommendations and social distancing practices.