Five UPD officers benched

Shift partners sidelined due to possible exposure
Julye Keeble
Staff writer
Coronavirus cases have been mounting in neighboring counties, and last week found five Uvalde Police Department officers in quarantine as they awaited test results.
UPD Chief Daniel Rodriguez noted that the quarantine was being enacted as a precaution and there were no positive test results as of Thursday in Uvalde officers, according to the Uvalde Health Authority Dr. Jared Reading.
As of Thursday morning, the Uvalde County total remained the same, with six known cases and all six patients having been classified as recovered.
“Currently, there are five officers in quarantine. One of those officers was possibly exposed to someone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and that is why these officers are in quarantine,” Rodriguez said.
The other four officers were around the officer who was possibly exposed to the virus, and they are being asked to quarantine as a safety precaution to avoid any outbreaks in Uvalde.
“We are waiting on results from the person with symptoms to come back, and the officer possibly exposed will be tested today,” Rodriguez stated.
He also noted Community Health Development Inc. personnel came to the department last week and conducted a rapid test for coronavirus antibodies in officers.
Surrounding areas
As of Friday, Zavala County had 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and Medina County was up to 65 known cases as they experienced an outbreak at the state prison in Hondo.
The virus outbreak at the prison continues to grow, with 36 inmates and three Texas Department of Criminal Justice staff members from the Ruben M. Torres Unit in Hondo diagnosed with coronavirus, up four more from the Wednesday total.
This brings the known case total in Medina County to 65 as of May 20. The cases include the inmates; five active community cases; 20 recovered cases; one case at the Medina Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center long-term care facility in Castroville; one case classified as probably; and two virus-related deaths.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services defines probable cases as meeting clinical criteria and epidemiologic linkage criteria with no confirmatory lab testing yet performed or that displays the antigen or antibody in blood tests.
In Zavala County two more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total to 12 cases in the county, with five active cases and seven patients now classified as recovered, including the first Zavala County resident diagnosed with the virus on April 15.
The National Guard has come to the county on three occasions to offer mobile testing, the results of which are still pending in most cases.
At least seven coronavirus patients reside in Crystal City, and transmission is believed to be travel related for four of the cases., 830-278-3335

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