Two more Fannin County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
However, two of those cases were tested in Lamar County (patients live in Fannin County) causing a discrepancy in reporting.
“The discrepancy in reporting is partly because county residents seek testing outside of the county; those results must then find their way to the State reports. In addition, patients live in and are tested in other counties but work and interact with residents of Fannin County. All of these factors cause difficulty in timely and accurate reporting,” said County Health Authority James E. Froelich, D.O., FACOFP.
Froelich also confirmed a nurse who is a resident of another county but who works in a long-term care facility in Bonham tested positive last week. However, her case will not show up on Fannin County state statistics because she is from another county.
After it was discovered the woman tested positive, more than 20 (asymptomatic) residents and employees who had been in contact with her were tested. All of those individuals tested received negative results.
“Please understand that accuracy in reporting information is paramount to the State Public Health Agencies. As such, it can take days to meticulously verify numbers before releasing them. This slowdown in information flow can be confusing and vexing, but the outcome of quality is worth the frustration of waiting. Also paramount to the state is protecting the identity of affected individuals and facilities while keeping the public safe and informed. Judge Moore and I have been in contact with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and have pointed out discrepancies between the numbers reported to Judge Moore, official numbers reported to the County Health Authority and numbers placed online,” said Froelich.
In a press release from Dr. Froelich, he stated the following:
Despite some disagreements in the numbers published online by the State, several things can be reported at this point:
1. There are at least 4 Fannin County residents that have tested positive for the SARS-2 virus (“Coronavirus“) and have been verified to the County by the Texas DSHS.
2. Two additional Fannin County residents, living in the same household in Bonham, self-reported on Wednesday, April 8th that they both tested positive for SARS-2 at a Lamar County emergency clinic. These 2 cases, when verified by DSHS, will bring the total number of people living in Fannin County with positive Coronavirus tests to 6 [the state reports positive tests by county of residence].
3. A nurse who is a resident of another county but who works in a long-term care facility in Bonham tested positive last week. However, her case will not show up on Fannin County state statistics because she is from another county.
4. After it was discovered that the nurse at the Bonham long-term care facility, was positive for the SARS-2 virus, extensive SARS-2 testing was done on more than 20 (asymptomatic) residents and employees who had been in contact with her. All of those individuals tested received negative results.
5. A resident of a different Bonham long-term care facility was admitted last weekend to a Grayson County hospital with apparent COVID-19 symptoms. That patient’s SARS-2 viral test returned as negative.
6. As of Thursday, April 9, 2020, there have been no positive SARS-2 tests in any nursing home residents in Fannin County.
7. Fannin County continues to be blessed with having no SARS-2/COVID-19 related deaths as do our Texoma neighbors along the Red River from Wichita Falls to Clarksville, that includes Cooke, Grayson, Fannin and Red River counties as well as our neighbors Delta, Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin and Titus counties.
8. Deaths in Collin County are listed as 4 and Dallas County deaths listed at 19.
“Please realize that though we have been relatively buffered from the ravages of COVID-19 pandemic, this is a very deadly virus. We are defeating it, but please continue social distancing which is the most effective way of controlling viral spread. Secondarily, wearing some form of mask while in public or around other people in close proximity protects friends, loved ones and those around you. Thank you for observing warnings and good practices for the sake of public health.”