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Lamb County's first COVID-19 case confirmed

Texas Department of State Health Services and Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach have confirm that a Littlefield resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

DeLoach released a statement Friday, March 27, 2020 immediately after receiving confirmation from TDSHS.

“We do not have any further information at this time,” the county judge said. “As is standard procedure, the DSHS is investigating this incident. Everything is being done that can be done to identify those who are directly affected by this situation. As new information is available, I will continue to receive updates and will keep the public up to date.”

DeLoach encouraged all Lamb County residents to continue to follow the policies and recommendations of the TDSHS and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Additionally, I encourage anyone who is contacted by TDSHS to cooperate fully, giving them as much information as possible to make sure all people affected by this case can be identified and monitored,” he said. “Of course, if anyone is advised to self-quarantine, please do so.”

DeLoach indicated it had been an issue of “when” rather than “if” Lamb County would have a confirmed case.

“I want to remind everyone that this is not a surprise to any of us,” he said. “For some time now,

COVID-19 has been confirmed in most of the counties surrounding us. We have been

working to prepare and respond to this virus in a safe and effective manner.”

“I hope the citizens of our great county will join me in remembering who we are,” the judge said. “We are going to embrace this family, and respect their privacy while working to keep our citizens safe and healthy. The people of this county are good, Christian people. We look after our neighbors, and stand up for what is right. Nothing about that will change now.”

DeLoach assured residents that county and municipal government are doing all they can to protect residents.

“It’s up to each of us to be careful not to take unnecessary risks, and to abide by all the recommendations of the TDSHS and CDC,” he said.

The judge said this is no time to panic.

“Lamb County citizens must continue to do what we do best — to take care of our families, and check on our neighbors,” he said.

DeLoach expressed appreciation for the “cooperative and responsible efforts of our citizens” in working together “during an ever-changing time.”

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Only one person at a time allowed in Olton City Hall

The City of Olton is requesting residents make use of the drop box located on the left-hand side of the front door at City Hall to help protect individuals from the coronavirus.

The lobby is now limited to one person at a time during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Water payments can be left in the drop box. Call City Hall at 806-285-2611 to request a balance or set up an appointment to pick up change and a receipt of a water bill payment. 

Also, paperwork can be dropped off in the drop box to renew vehicle registrations. Call to make an appointment to pick up the paperwork. It can also be renewed online at TXDMV.GOV. Law enforcement officers have given a 60-day grace period for expired registrations during this time of pandemic. 

City officials are requesting residents follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which can be found on Page 3. The CDC states that six feet need to be between you and the nearest person. Also the City has announced that if an individual has been out of the country or is running a fever, coughing or has been exposed to anyone who has been, they will not be allowed into the lobby. 

If any other city services are needed, contact City Hall at 806-285-2611.

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Olton Area Library open by appointment only

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the doors of Olton Area Library have been locked, but the library remains open by appointment.

“Olton Area Library is continuing to work closely with Lamb County to monitor the developing information,” Librarian Jocy Mandrell said. “Our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our community members, so Olton Area Library is working to monitor the latest information and guidelines provided by the CDC related to the Novel Coronavirus.”

However, Mandrell said Olton Area Library remains open and she and her staff are working regular library hours.

“One person at a time is allowed inside library if you call and make an appointment,” the librarian said. “We are happy to pick up and deliver from your car. The door slot can be used for check-in and check-out.”

During the pandemic, the library is encouraging patrons to take advantage of the digital technology offered.

“We highly encourage you to use our digital services from the comfort of your home by visiting https://westtexas.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Libby App,” Mandrell said. “There are e-books, audiobooks and movies to enjoy from any device.”

And patrons not having Wi-fi can simply work from outside the library building.

“Wi-Fi is available and works outside the building,” the librarian said.

The password to use the library’s Wi-F is “miss kitty”.

Mandrell recommended that library patrons follow Olton Area Library on social media @oltonarealibrary for the latest updates.

“The library will continue to work closely with our county to monitor developing information,” she said.

The library can be reached by phone by calling 806-285-7772 or 806-774-0021.

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CDC recommends everyone plan for outbreak

Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone make plans.

“Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19,” the CDC says. “You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.”

The CDC suggests talking with the people who need to be included in your plan.

“Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs and what the needs of each person will be,” they say.

The organization suggests planning ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.

“Older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness,” the CDC says.

Here are some tips for getting ready:

•Get to know your neighbors. Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.

•Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support and resources. 

•Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers and other community resources.

•Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions

•Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses

•Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick. Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.

•Stay home from work, school, and all activities when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

•Keep away from others who are sick.

•Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).

•Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. 

Regional COVID-19 News

Hale County has first COVID-19 case

Castro County placed under Shelter In order

Castro County placed under Shelter In order

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According to the Plainview Herald, the Plainview / Hale County Health Department  confirmed Tuesday afternoon, March 24, 2020, its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hale County. However, the case is not within the city limits of Plainview, the newspaper reported.

"The case is currently under investigation. The Plainview / Hale County Health Department and other response agencies have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues and will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC," the Plainview newspaper reported .

Castro County placed under Shelter In order

Castro County placed under Shelter In order

Castro County placed under Shelter In order

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Castro County will be under a "shelter in order" beginning on March 24 at 11:59 p.m. through April 3 at 11:59 p.m., according to the Castro County News.

All non-essential businesses are ordered to go to Minimum Basic Operations

Other COVID-19 Information

Dairy Queens offer drive-through and take-out options

Dairy Queens offer drive-through and take-out options

Dairy Queens offer drive-through and take-out options

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Since food service has been deemed an essential business by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Dairy Queens are continuing to offer its entire menu lineup of tasty treats and eats via drive-thru windows, as well as delivery and online ordering where available, at its nearly 600 locations throughout the Lone Star State.

“Texans can still enjoy Dairy Queen’s iconic hospitality with safety and convenience,” said Lou Romanus, CEO of the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council. “Our 600 Dairy Queen’s across our great state are all owned by entrepreneurs who are working hard to keep their restaurants open.”

TDQ is also ensuring guest’s and employees’ safety by enhancing their already stringent sanitation requirements with even more frequent cleanings of equipment and service areas. TDQ Operators have refined their processes to more efficiently serve fans in the drive-thru as well as accommodate take-out orders while the dining rooms are closed.

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures,” said Romanus. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers and employees. We are privileged to continue to serve our guests.”

Xcel Energy bills to drop with lower fuel costs

Dairy Queens offer drive-through and take-out options

Dairy Queens offer drive-through and take-out options

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The cost of electricity for thousands of customers in the Texas

Panhandle and South Plains will drop April 1 when Xcel Energy lowers its monthly fuel cost factor to

reflect historically low natural gas prices and the increased use of low-cost wind energy.

Fuel costs across all customer classes are being reduced. For Texas residential customers using 1,000

kilowatt-hours a month, the total bill will decrease by $4.35, or 4.3%. The lower fuel costs are being

implemented on an interim basis pending final approval by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

“Natural gas is as cheap as it has been in decades, and this is good for our customers because it fuels

about half our annual supply of electricity,” said David Hudson, president, Xcel Energy – Texas. “And the

new Hale Wind Project near Plainview uses the power of the free and abundant wind to make electricity,

further driving these savings.”

In addition to the lower fuel costs, Xcel Energy is moving ahead with its plan to refund $39.4 million to

Texas customers in June – the third time Xcel Energy has refunded fuel costs since January 2019.

The fuel cost factor collects the pass-through costs of coal and natural gas that fuel area power plants, as

well as the cost of electricity imported into the area from other suppliers. The factor was last changed in

July 2019, resulting in a 5% drop in typical residential bills.

Chamber's Egg-travaganza canceled

Dairy Queens offer drive-through and take-out options

Chamber's Egg-travaganza canceled

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Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has canceled what would have been the  11th annual Easter Egg-travaganza.

The event had been scheduled for Saturday April 11 at the downtown pavilion.

“We believe it is in the best interest of the community to cancel this event at this time,"said Chamber Manager Adrienne Synatschk.

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