PLAINVIEW, Texas — On Wednesday, Hale County had reported more than 1,000 cumulative cases since the beginning of coronavirus.
Despite reaching this number, city manager Jeffrey Snyder said their daily count is declining. Even so, Snyder said they are taking COVID-19 seriously. Within the past two days, two people have died as a result of the coronavirus.
“We’re concerned for our citizens and those that have been battling the disease and those that have lost loved ones,” Snyder said.
Snyder said part of the reason there has been an increase is more testing.
“6,500 citizens have been tested to date, that’s about 20 percent of the population,” Snyder said.
Plainview may be a rural community, but they have their own health department. Snyder said this puts them at an advantage.
“We’re able to get more information out sooner because our folks can sit there and actually process the cases and the positive tests results and the negative test results and get that information out to our public,” Snyder said.
Tonya Keesee, executive director of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce said they have passed out masks and hand sanitizer to their businesses to help with preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“I love that the compliment is that it’s a great… everybody appreciates it and that it smells good!” Keesee laughed.
Keesee said she doesn’t believe they’ll lose a single business, something she’s proud of.
“Very impressive I think of our store owners both corporate and home-owned as well as just the city… our citizens and how we support each other,” Keesee said.
Snyder said city leaders are thankful for their health department and local health authority, Dr. Lara.