The coronavirus is starting to spread in Lamb County — especially in Littlefield, which recorded three more active COVID-19 cases on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
Lamb County currently has recorded nine cases of COVID-19, but only six of those are active. However, no cases have been confirmed in Olton as of Sunday, May 10, 2020.
Two people in Littlefield and one person in Earth have emerged from quarantine, according to Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach. Active cases in the county include one person in Sudan, one in Amherst, and four in Littlefield.
Three of the Littlefield cases were confirmed Saturday. In a statement released late Saturday, DeLoach said, “I was contacted at about 6 p.m. by Lamb County Health Authority Dr. Cindy George that we had another COVID-19 case in Littlefield. This patient is a spouse of another patient and is quarantined at home. This patient was tested May 6 at LHC Family Medicine.”
But about 15 minutes later, the county judge received two more confirmation for the Department of State Helath Services.
“At approximately 6:15 p.m. I was contacted by DSHS that we had two additional cases in Littlefield,” DeLoach said. “These two patients are living at the same address. They were tested in Lubbock. They are quarantined at home as well.”
COVID-19 cases are not announced until they have been confirmed by authorized medical personnel and reported to the county judge. Cases become official after they are confirmed by DSHS.
The sudden increase in the transmission of the coronavirus in Lamb County does not jeopardize the current 50 percent occupancy allowed for retailers and restaurants. DeLoach said that is because the five-case COVID-19 threshold to qualify for 50 percent occupancy instead of 25 percent occupancy isn’t how it is determined that a county must revert to the lower occupancy level.
“It’s a formula that is used to determine that,” he said. “By my calculation we would have to have 42 active cases under that formula.”
That formula includes multiple counts over several weeks, he said.
Lamb County now has four active COVID-19 cases, according to County Judge Mike DeLoach.
At 4:20 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020, DeLoach issued a statement in which he said he had just received confirmation from the City of Lubbock Health Department that Lamb County has it sixth case of COVID 19.
“This patient is a resident of Amherst,” DeLoach said. “This case has not been confirmed by DSHS (Department of State Health Services). The patient is in quarantine and has been since Friday.”
The sixth case is a man, but the judge said he has no other information at this time.
The county now has four activity cases — one each in Earth, Sudan, Littlefield and Amherst. Currently retail stores and restaurants can operate at 50 percent of occupancy under a special provision of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order allowing rural counties with five cases or less to operate at that level. The allowable occupancy is 25 percent for any county with more than five cases.
Littlefield has it's third confirmed case of COVID-19, according to Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach, who said he received confirmation of the county's fifth coronavirus case at 9 a.m., Wednesday, May, 6, 2020.
The judge said he was contacted by Dr. Cidy George of Lamb Health Care, who confirmed the case. DeLoach is awaiting official confirmation from state health officials.
This is Littlefield's third confirmed case. Two previous cases are no longer considered active. Because those patients have recovered, Lamb County is still eligible for 50 percent occupancy at restaurants and retail stores.
The judge said the newest patient is quarantined at home in Littlefield.
The county other two active cases are in Earth and Sudan.
At 5:30 p.m., Friday May 1, 2020, Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach announced another case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the county.
The latest case is a Sudan woman whois in here early 30s.
"We have another confirmed case in Sudan," DeLoach said on May 1 after the Lubbock health Department confirmed the case. On Saturday, May 2, 2020, the State Department of Health Services confirmed the case, making it official.
"The patient is quarantined and doing well," the county judge said Monday, May 4, 2020. "I do not have any other information at this time."
This is the fourth confirmed case in Lamb County. The first two cases, which were in Littlefield, are no longer active. The third case was confirmed, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Earth. That case remains active.
COVID-19 has arrived in Earth, according to Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach.
At 5 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Texas Department of Health Services informed DeLoach of the county’s third confirmed case of coronavirus, a woman residing in Earth. It is the first Lamb County case outside of the Littlefield area.
“She is at home at this time,” the county judge said, noting the woman has been quarantined at her home.
No information regarding transmission was available Saturday.
The county judge said he immediately contacted Earth Mayor Sonya Bullock upon learning of the confirm case in that city.
Lamb County’s first case was confirmed March 27 — a Littlefield resident that tested positive. A second case was confirmed April 5. The second infected individual was a member of the family of the first person to contract the disease. The newest case is not believed to be related to the first two.
Olton does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. However, Olton’s emergency coordinators, Mark McFadden and City Administrator Keeley Adams continue to encourage the public to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control by practicing social distancing, exercising good hygiene by washing hand regularly, staying home when possible and contacting a health professional by phone if feeling ill.
Under current protocols, a positive coronavirus test triggers a report to TDSHS. State health department officials then initiate an investigation of possible contacts made with the person who has test positive.
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.”
DeLoach brings declaration in line with governor's order
Lamb County Judge Mike DeLoach amended the county's emergency declaration Monday afternoon, changing language in Section 6 to ensure it is consistent with Gov. Greg Abbott's latest executive order.
Following is a copy to the new declaration.