Update as of 4/03/2020:
The Brownwood-Brown County Health Department released the workplace of the fourth confirmed case due the amount of possible public exposure. The Health Department is recommending a 14-day self-isolation based on CDC guidelines for those who were in Brookshire’s on the dates of March 28th, 29th and 30th.
Following a possible exposure, symptoms may appear within 2-14 days.
- After symptoms appear the person may, based on recent studies, be contagious for 48 hours prior to symptom onset– NOT the 14 days before.
- The person will continue to be contagious until the symptoms are completely gone for 72 hours.
- Just as self-isolation has been recommended following travel to an area of known disease, self-isolation is recommended following being in the same place as a person who tested positive.
- Those self-isolating can begin day one the day following their visit to Brookshire’s.
The Health Department’s epidemiology staff is working with Brookshire’s to ensure quarantine requirements are met for store employees. Currently there are 10 employees who have been quarantined to monitor symptoms. Brookshire’s completed a professional sanitation process before reopening.
On April 2, 2020, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department confirmed the fourth case of COVID-19 in Brown County.
The fourth confirmed person is a woman in her 40s who is currently in quarantine. The individual had no reported international travel or known exposure. She did not travel outside the county before becoming symptomatic. The woman was working at Brookshire’s at 1400 Austin Ave., but has not been to work since March 30.
Brownwood/Brown County Health Department is recommending that anyone who visited Brookshire’s on March 28, 29, and 30 to self-isolate and monitor their symptoms for 14 days. If they have symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) they should call their primary care physician and notify them that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Brookshire’s is voluntary closing immediately and is bringing in a third-party professional cleaning company to thoroughly clean and sanitize the store. According to Brookshire’s, the store will reopen when they are confident that any potential exposure has been eliminated.
One of our greatest risks for the spread of COVID-19 is in crowded, public places. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department recommends the following measures to limit the number of people in stores. Please do not make shopping a family outing. Make every effort to have only one member per household do the shopping. Do not allow stores to become social gathering places. Complete your shopping quickly. Many stores are reserving the first few hours for senior citizens or immune-compromised individuals. Please do not shop during this time period, unless you belong to one of these groups. If you have any signs of COVID-19, stay home.
Current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County:
10 Pending (have not received results)
4 Positive Cases
Updated 4/02/2020 at 6:00 pm
Results are updated daily at www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health
Brownwood/Brown County Health Department has set up two hotline numbers for questions about COVID-19. The numbers are 325.642.2635 or 325.430.5933. Calls are taken from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. A health department employee will answer questions and may perform a health screening over the phone. Should you need higher level of care, they will direct you. The purpose of phone screenings is to reduce the congestion in our medical facilities and allow social distancing. Please be patient if you are not directly connected, we will answer calls in the order they are received. If you are planning on going to a physician, please call before arrival.
The City of Brownwood, Brownwood/Brown County Health Department, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Texas Department of State and Health Services, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are closely working together to provide the community with the best health practices.
The City of Brownwood has set up www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health as an online portal with up to date information regarding the COVID-19 confirmed cases, and additional preventative measures. Additional information will be posted to www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health as it becomes available.