COVID-19 - Community Health 

MAY 12, 2020


Texas Data 5/11/2020


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Wise County Data 5/11/2020

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Hospital Data for Our Region (Trauma Service Area E)

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There are two types of tests available for COVID-19 that can detect whether a person had it in the past (serology testing, which tests for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19), or whether they have it in the present (polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which tests for active infection). For the extensive explanation of the different types of tests for COVID-19, download the article here: file:///S:/Fire_Station/Admin/COVID-19/Messages_Info/COVID19-PCRvsSerologyTesting.pdf. This document is designed to explain the differences between PCR and serology testing, and when one test might be used over another.


Continued Best Practices

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

DSHS also recommends that you continue practicing social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It’s a fancy term for avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.

Additionally, the Center for Disease Control recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.

Opening the State of Texas

This page has the most up to date guidelines and executive orders for Texans.


You are all doing a fine job. Continue the recommended best practices and exercise your ability to be patient. This will pass.

Please reach out to me if we can help with anything.

Be well and stay safe!


Nathan R. Mara

Fire Chief | EMC

City of Decatur Fire Department

Office of Emergency Management

1705 South State Street

Decatur, TX 76234

Office 940-393-0230

Mary Ann Henline

Human Resource Director

City of Decatur

P.O. Box 1299

Decatur, TX 76234

Phone: 940-393-0205

Fax: 940-627-1341 


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