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Nueces County Judge issues response following huge spike in new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 9:05 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 23:44:14-05

NUECES COUNTY, Texas — Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales released a statement after the local health officials announced more than four hundred new COVID-19 cases.

Thursday evening, the Nueces County Public Health District reported 438 new COVID-19 cases. Judge Canales stated the the number of the new cases is troubling news.

"We are analyzing the data to see if we need to take actions to contain local outbreaks, and to see if any reporting anomalies contributed to this sharp one-day increase in cases. We cannot regard this as anomaly – we have to consider this an urgent warning, particularly because of the holiday gatherings now taking place, " Canales stated.

She added local doctors are assessing their capability to respond to a sustained increase in the number of positive cases. The Nueces County judge stated she will be proactive in requesting assistance through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) if officials anticipate a surge in hospitalizations based on the surge of positive cases.

Canales stated, "I urge all Nueces County residents to take every precaution to reduce the chance of exposure to the coronavirus. And while we talk about practicing the 3 Ws – wearing a mask, washing your hands, watchin your distance – it’s important to follow all the precautions advised by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."