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The novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, through contact or from droplets spread through the air. That is why CDC says to wash hands often, sanitize your frequently touched items, and stay 6-feet away from other people (social distancing)
Bastrop County Local Governments are working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against COVID-19. Please do your part and stay home as much as possible.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus by staying home. The rest of the precautions are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Wear a face covering in public when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
**Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.
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Bastrop County Coronavirus Information page
The “dashboard,” with current counts which are updated once a week on Monday evening, is also on this page. To see more information, please click on the link directly underneath the dashboard.
Please note that the dashboard has changed due to changes in information received from the Department of State Health Services ( DSHS). For daily updates, please see the DSHS dashboard.
Information is received by the Health Authority from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and sent to be updated on the dashboard. Due to HIPAA laws, the people who post the information do not know any more information.
• *Confirmed Cases – Active, contagious infections detected by molecular tests. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the only way to determine active cases.
• *Probable Cases – Probable cases are counted in three different ways:
1. Active contagious infection detected by antigen tests.
2. Has the clinical symptoms and has been exposed.
3. Meets a vital records criteria such as cause of death or contributing to death.
• Fatalities – Death certificate lists as significant cause of death or underlying cause of death.
• Active Cases – these are estimated based on the number of people who are still considered contagious
• Recovered Cases – these are estimated based on the number of people who after having been confirmed with COVID-19 have received a negative test or reached the 14 day quarantine mark.
The Department of State Health Services created the “What is a Probable COVID-19 Case?” video regarding definitions on the dashboard. Click here to view.
TRENDS IN TEXAS AND INDIVIDUAL COUNTIES
See the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) DASHBOARD.
HOSPITALIZATIONS, ICU ADMISSIONS AND VENTILATOR USE
The State is broken up into 22 Trauma Service Areas (TSA), labeled A through V, and is overseen by the DSHS. Our Central Texas area is TSA O, and includes 11 counties: San Saba, Llano, Burnet, Blanco, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Fayette. The TSA hospital bed, ICU bed, and ventilator availability can be found in the DSHS dashboard.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
The answers compiled in Frequently Asked Questions is from various sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The White House, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Texas Supreme Court, the Office of Governor Abbott, Bastrop County Health Authority, Bastrop County, the Office of Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, the City of Bastrop, the City of Elgin, the City of Smithville, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, Elgin Chamber of Commerce, Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, , Bastrop ISD, Elgin ISD, McDade ISD, and Smithville ISD.
This information changes rapidly in response to decisions made by the above entities.
All information is meant to help Bastrop County citizens have a better understanding of COVID-19, precautions to take for health and safety, and how related regulations affect them.
WHAT CAN I DO DAILY TO KEEP TEXAS OPEN?
• Wash your hands
• Social distance at least 6 feet from others
• Wear a face covering around others not in your household
• Stay home when you are sick
· To learn more, go
online to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
The COVID-19 coronavirus is formally known as SARS-CoV-2.
Coronavirus patients can experience a diversity of issues – from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Patients may be most infectious in the days before they began showing symptoms, studies show.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the list of possible symptoms to include the following:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19. Visit the CDC website.
I THINK I HAVE COVID-19, BUT I HAVEN’T SEEN A DOCTOR. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
• Stay home when you are sick or think you are sick.
• Do not go to the store or out in public.
• Try to isolate yourself from your family members.
• *If this is an emergency, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, or other severe symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately. If possible, notify the operator that you think you have COVID-19 and put on a face covering before medical help arrives.
• Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit.
• For fast 1-hour test results (Rapid Test) Please wait at least 4 days from exposure to get tested. Most local pharmacies, doctor's offices, and hospitals are now offering rapid tests. These are just a few locally.
o Ally Medical Emergency Room at 512-321-0911 to set an appointment time. There is a cost to this test, but they do take insurance. Please wait at least 4 days from exposure before seeking test. Patients with symptoms will be prioritized over those without.
o FastMed Urgent Care at 512-332-2273 to set an appointment time. There is a cost to this test, but they do take insurance. Patients with symptoms will be prioritized over those without. Click Here to set up an appointment.
o CVS Pharmacy at 512-308-0234 Appointment required. Can set by calling or going online. Limited supplies. Click Here to set up an appointment.
MY DOCTOR TOLD ME HE THINKS I HAVE COVID-19, BUT I HAVEN’T GOTTEN A TEST. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
What are Best Practices to
way to protect yourself and your family is to take the following preventive
actions to avoid exposure:
How can I reach the Bastrop County
Office of Emergency Management?
information and official updates:
o Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management
HOW MANY CONFIRMED CASES IN BASTROP COUNTY?
See Bastrop County Coronavirus page and Dashboard
This information is only available to healthcare professionals, First Responders, and state and national medical reporting agencies. HIPAA Laws apply. Information is posted on our Dashboard as it becomes available from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
WHAT DOES “SELF-QUARANTINE” OR “SELF-ISOLATE” MEAN?
WHAT DOES COVID-19 “TRAVEL RELATED” MEAN?
The person most likely contracted COVID-19 through travel such as being in a high risk country, on a cruise ship, or in a high risk area in the United States.
WHAT IS “COMMUNITY SPREAD”?
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
WHO’S GETTING THE VACCINE?
The Texas Department of Health Services unveiled their plan on vaccine distribution and vaccination eligibility. Private providers have signed up with the state to vaccinate people and have begun vaccinations in the state, including in Bastrop County.
**Please note that the government of Bastrop County is not providing vaccines nor setting eligibility schedules (the State of Texas is).
I’M ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE SO WHAT DO I DO NOW?
All persons over the age of 12: For those currently eligible for vaccination, visit www.vaccinespotter.org, GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov or call 833-832-7067 to see if and where you might be able to get a vaccine. Please call the provider for verification. Your ability to get a vaccine will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic or facility.
WHAT IS THE EXPERT VACCINE ALLOCATION PANEL (EVAP)?
The State of Texas appointed a team of subject-matter experts into the COVID-19 Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel (EVAP) to develop vaccine allocation/eligibility strategies as recommendations to the Texas Commissioner of Health. The panel will develop and apply guiding principles in their recommendations. Some of these principles may include equitable distribution across urban and rural communities, and considerations of application of ACIP guidance for vulnerable populations. The guiding principles are under development.
WHERE CAN I GET VACCINATED?
For those currently eligible for vaccination, visit www.vaccinespotter.org, GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov or call 833-832-7067 to see if and where you might be able to get a vaccine. Please call the provider for verification or check their websites for more details on getting vaccinated. Your ability to get a vaccine will depend on vaccine availability at your provider’s office, clinic or facility.
HOW DOES THE VACCINE WORK?
Check out the information in Vaccine FAQs PDF created by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). This document includes answers regarding the basics of the vaccine, state planning and distribution, decision on who to immunize first, getting vaccinated, safety, and more.
You can also read more about Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Information on the DSHS website where much of this information was found.
PUBLIC NOTICE LINKS
Statement from Judge Pape regarding Pre-Registration for COVID-10 Vaccination 1/19/2021
Statement from Judge Pape regarding Restrictions Imposed on Some Bastrop County Businesses 1/11/2021
Bastrop County Two Day Walk-up Testing Site in Cedar Creek 8/26/2020
Joint Statement of Bastrop County Health Authority and Independent School District Superintendents on Schools Reopening 8/19/2020
Bastrop County Community Testing Site Expands to Second Location 8/3/2020
Bastrop County Health Authority Receives COVID-19 Fatality Update from DSHS 7/30/2020
Rescinding Health Authority Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction 7/29/2020
Statement regarding Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction 7/24/2020
Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction 7/21/2020
Bastrop County update on CARES Small Business Grant Program 7/8/2020
Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 Testing 7/3/2020
Statement from Bastrop County Health Authority and President of the Bastrop/ Lee County Medical Society 6/26/2020
Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 6/25/2020
Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 6/10/2020
Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 5/29/2020
Bastrop County Update on Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing Results 5/11/2020
Bastrop County Update on Random COVID-19 Testing Results 5/1/2020
Directive #3 of Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1A 4/27/2020
Directive #2 of Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1A 4/20/2020
Bastrop County Local Governments Update 4/17/2020
Bastrop County Update 4/8/2020
Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1 A
Bastrop County Local Governments Update 4/6/2020
Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-14
Bastrop County COVID-19 ORDER #1
Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-28-2020
Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-25-2020
Bastrop County Local Governments Joint Statement Regarding COVID-19 Test Center 03-24-2020
Declaration of Disaster (First Amended) Consented by Commissioners Court 03-23-2020
Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-21-2020
Joint Statement of Bastrop County Local Governments 03-20-20
Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-19-2020
Declaration of Disaster 03-16-2020
Bastrop County Update on COVID-19
Letter from Judge Pape RE: COVID-19 03-12-2020
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Bastrop, TX 78602
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