Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos and local public health authorities Dr. Jeffrey Moore and Dr. Kelly Doggett confirmed seven COVID-19 cases in Erath County on Monday.


The seven additional cases include one patient who is hospitalized while the other five remain at home and in isolation, which brings the Erath County total to 43 positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March.


A news release issued by Campos Monday states, in part:


“The increase follows a trend in Central Texas and around the state. Through last Friday, June 12, Erath and its neighboring counties had reported the following positive cases/deaths from the virus: Somervell County 3/0; Eastland County 7/0; Bosque County 7/0; Hamilton County 11/1; Comanche County; 12/1; Palo Pinto County 14/2; Hood County 35/4; Parker County 112/1.”


Campos encourages the public to continue to minimize exposure as more activities are being held around the community. He said it’s 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 to adhere to the social distancing guidelines because they are at a higher risk of developing severe disease if they contract COVID-19.


“As long as the number of hospitalizations remains low, then our increase is manageable,” Campos said. “But we must all continue to do our part by taking proper precautions to minimize the chances of infection.”


The latest Erath County news release also states:


“City and county emergency managers, local officials and the local health authorities monitor the infections and overall situation constantly. Their main concern is for the public health and safety of residents.


Please remember: according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there are things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:


1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.


3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.


4. Stay home when you are sick.


5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.


6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


For detailed information on the evolving COVID-19 situation please consult the Texas Dept. of State Health Services at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.”