Fannin County Health Authority Dr. James Froelich released an update on the number of cases of COVID-19 reported in the county Thursday.
Froelich said there have been at least two new infections found in Fannin County this week which raises the number of infections to four with two pending.
"The actual number of positive tests for Coronavirus in Fannin County as of 8 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2020, is at least four and may be as high as six.," he said in a news release.
"The discrepancy in reporting is partly because county residents seek testing outside of the county; those results must then find their way to the State reports. In addition, patients live in and are tested in other counties but work and interact with residents of Fannin County. All of these factors cause difficulty in timely and accurate reporting," he continued.
Froelich said accuracy in reporting information is paramount to the state public health agencies. That means it can take days to get those numbers released to the public, he said.
"Judge Moore and I have been in contact with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and have pointed out discrepancies between the numbers reported to Judge Moore, official numbers reported to the County Health Authority and numbers placed online," he said.
Though those discrepancies exist, Froelich said there are some things that are known to county official at this point and those include the fact that at least four Fannin County residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
He said two more Fannin County residents, who live in the same Bonham household, self-reported on Wednesday, April 8th that they both tested positive for COVID-19 at a Lamar County emergency clinic.
"These 2 cases, when verified by DSHS, will bring the total number of people living in Fannin County with positive Coronavirus tests to 6 [the state reports positive tests by county of residence]," Froelich said.
He explained that a nurse who is a resident of another county, but who works in a long-term care facility in Bonham, tested positive last week. However, her case will not show up on Fannin County state statistics because she is from another county.
After it was discovered that the nurse at the Bonham long-term care facility, was positive, extensive testing was done on more than 20 asymptomatic residents and employees who had been in contact with her. All of those individuals tested received negative results.
A resident of a different Bonham long-term care facility was admitted last weekend to a Grayson County hospital with apparent COVID-19 symptoms. That patient’s COVID-19 viral test returned as negative.
Froelich said as of Thursday, there have been no positive COVID-19 tests in any nursing home residents in Fannin County.
"Fannin County continues to be blessed with having no SARS-2/COVID-19 related deaths as do our Texoma neighbors along the Red River from Wichita Falls to Clarksville, that includes Cooke, Grayson, Fannin and Red River counties as well as our neighbors Delta, Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin and Titus counties," he said.
Deaths in Collin County are listed as four and Dallas County deaths listed at 19.
"Please realize that though we have been relatively buffered from the ravages of COVID-19 pandemic, this is a very deadly virus. We are defeating it, but please continue social distancing which is the most effective way of controlling viral spread. Secondarily, wearing some form of mask while in public or around other people in close proximity protects friends, loved ones and those around you," Froelich said in closing out his statement in an email.