Coronavirus: No cases in Pecos County; Midland reports a death


Morning update:

• There are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Pecos County.

• In Texas, Midland had a Coronavirus-related death yesterday. There are six confirmed cases in Midland County. CBS 7 reported that another 15 are under investigation. There are no reported cases in Ector County. Crane still has one. Looking at a map of West Texas, we have one case in Val Verde County (Del Rio), one in Reeves County, and one in Tom Green County (near San Angelo). El Paso has 28. North of Midland, Lubbock County has 23, while La Mesa, Gaines, Dawson, Terry and Hockley counties each have one.

• Statewide, there are confirmed cases in 92 of 254 Texas counties, up 10 from yesterday. Dallas County has the most with 303. Harris County, with 185, and Travis County with 119 are second and third. In total, Texas has 1,396 cases reported and 18 deaths. That is as of 11 a.m. Thursday.

Just some basic reminders:

• There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

• There is not a cure for the virus, although several drugs are being tested or tried on patients.

• The best way to avoid catching the virus is through prevention:

  1. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Remember to clean your finger tips as well as the rest of your hand!

  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze

  3. Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people.

  4. Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel sick

  5. Call your healthcare provider or hospital BEFORE leaving you house for medical care. You will be screened and provided instruction.

  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth – especially if your hands are not clean

• Starting 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, the Pioneer will livestream a weekly update from Mayor Chris Alexander, Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster and a representative of Pecos County Memorial Hospital. The goal is to give you direct access to local information. While we will not take live questions, please feel free to send me questions at or post questions here.

• The city and county issued disaster emergency declarations this week. This give powers to the county judge and mayor to make certain decisions without additional approval. In the city of Fort Stockton, a curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. If you are commuting to work, drive as part of your work, or are going to the hospital, you are exempt from the curfew. Otherwise, please stay home. The curfew only applies to the city.