Due to a mass recovery from inmates in the Pecos County Jail in the last week, the COVID-19 active cases in Pecos County are at 12 as of Wednesday, Sept. 15.
That number is 12 less than a week prior.
A total of 21 people recovered from the virus from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15 in the Pecos County and of those, 11 are/were inmates of the Pecos County jail. Only nine people tested positive for the virus in that same time period.
The number of 12 active cases officially starts the time clock for Pecos County to have the ability to apply for out of station – a request that needs to be done by Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster, which would allow for the county to remove any mandates made by the governor of Texas.
During Thursday’s weekly COVID-19 update on Sept. 10 (when the active case number was at 25) Shuster stated that even if the county does maintain below 20 active cases for 30 consecutive days he is unsure if he’d apply for the out of station from the governor.
“I’ll just go ahead and make this statement right now. Under the conditions we are in right now in west Texas and Pecos County if we were to meet that today I probably still wouldn’t apply for the out of station to remove the mask,” Shuster said.
The Pecos County judge added masks have proven to be effective in helping to minimize the spread of the virus.
“I think the masks are helping to keep number down. You can look to some other continues that are not carefully adhering to the governor’s orders and their numbers are continuing to climb,” Shuster said.
Pecos County is still currently required to wear masks in public place by order of the governor.
Here is a list of active cases in Pecos County: