Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Fannin County

BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) - Fannin County officials announced Wednesday a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Officials said it was a 64-year-old Bonham man who is now quarantined in his home and that this case was not connected to any other confirmed cases in North Texas.

In a Facebook post, the man's employer, Renlita Custom Opening Solutions, identified him as an employee who had recently traveled out of state. The post went on to state that that man was not showing any symptoms, but that the facility would follow all CDC recommedations and remain closed until further notice.

Fannin County Judge Randy Moore issued a disaster declaration for the county.

A press conference was held at the Fannin County Sheriff's in Bonham Wednesday afternoon, which you can watch in full below.

This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Texoma.

According to the Texas State Department of Health there are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer, Texas DSHS says. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

DSHS has additional information on the COVID-19 for the public, health care professionals, health departments and labs at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

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