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10th COVID-19 case confirmed in Boerne, Kendall County

No confirmed community spread in county, officials say

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. | Illustration by Henry Keller
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. | Illustration by Henry Keller (KSAT)

BOERNE – Updated at 4/9/20 at 4 p.m.:

Boerne and Kendall County officials have confirmed another COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of cases there to 10.

According to a news release, the newest person to contract the virus is a Boerne resident with mild symptoms and is self-quarantining at home. According to Texas Department of State Health Services, the case is associated with travel outside the county and an epidemiological investigation revealed no community exposures.

Following is a breakdown of where positive cases have occurred:

  • Boerne: 5
  • Unincorporated Kendall County: 4
  • Fair Oaks Ranch: 1

All of the cases are travel-related, with one being deemed a close contact spread, the news release said. There are currently no confirmed community spread cases.

According to DSHS Region 8, three of the cases are considered active with seven recoveries. None of the people who tested positive have been hospitalized.

Updated 4/4/20 at 9 a.m.:

Boerne and Kendall County officials have confirmed another COVID-19 case, bringing the total number to nine cases.

The new case was announced Saturday morning and is travel-related, as the patient traveled internationally, according to officials.

There are currently four cases in Boerne, four in Kendall County and one in Fair Oaks Ranch, officials say.

Officials say eight of the cases are travel-related and one is close contact spread, which indicates there are no confirmed community spread cases as of yet.

None of the COVID-19 patients in the area have been hospitalized and three patients have recovered, officials say.

Updated 4/2/20 at 12 p.m.:

Boerne and Kendall County officials announced another confirmed COVID-19 case Thursday, bringing the total number to eight.

Four cases are in Boerne city limits, three are in Kendall County, and one is in Fair Oaks Ranch.

Officials said seven cases are travel-related and another was contracted through close contact with an infected indvidual.

“This means there are currently no confirmed community spread cases,” officials wrote in a news release.

Five cases are still active while three have recovered, according to the news release.

Updated 4/1/20 at 4:45 p.m.:

Officials are issuing a warning to people who visited a UPS store in Boerne on March 28.

On Wednesday, officials released a news release indicating one of the seven people infected with the novel coronavirus visited the store, located at 215 W. Bandera Road, around noon.

“It is possible that individuals who visited the UPS store ... may have been exposed,” officials wrote in the news release.

The risk of contracting the virus is low, however, officials believe.

Management at the UPS store said employees have been wearing masks, gloves and disinfecting surfaces every 30 minutes. The store will also be professionally sanitized before it opens on Thursday.

Updated 3/30/20 2:15 p.m.:

The Kendall County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Boerne reported Monday a new case of coronavirus, which bring the total number of confirmed cases to seven.

According to a news release, three cases are in Boerne, three are in Kendall County and one is in Fair Oaks Ranch.

Six of the cases are travel related and one is close contact spread, which means there are currently no confirmed community-spread cases.

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Update 3/27/20 4:30 p.m.:

Kendall County now has six confirmed cases of COVID-19, county officials said Friday.

All six cases are believed to be travel related or people who contracted the virus from someone they live with.

County leader said, as of now, there is no confirmation of community spread in Boerne or Kendall County.

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City of Boerne and Kendall County officials confirmed a third case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a news release said.

City officials confirmed that the three cases are travel-related and said that there is no community-spread in the county yet.

The Boerne City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend the mayor’s emergency health declaration for 30 days until April 23.

The city has created a new email address COVID19@boerne-tx.gov for residents who have requests or questions.

Boerne Mayor Tim Handren posted a message on YouTube Friday after amending the city’s initial emergency health declaration which now limits social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Boerne mayor adds restrictions with amendment to emergency declaration

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City of Boerne and Kendall County officials announced they had received the first report of a COVID-19 case on Thursday.

“This first case is not unexpected,” said Boerne Mayor Tim Handren in a statement. “We must not let fear grip our lives. It is why we have endorsed the CDC’s recommendations and have implemented many of the public limitations. It is for the safety of the entire community.”

Officials said they got reports of a positive test from the state health office around 9:45 a.m. Thursday and that they would provide more information as soon as it’s available and as an investigation into the exposure progresses.

“People who have not been around anyone with COVID-19 or have not visited an ongoing outbreak area, are currently not considered to be at risk,” officials said in a release.

“We have been operating for several days under the presumption that there are cases in Kendall County, this case confirms that,” said Jeff Fincke, director of Kendall County Emergency Operations. “This is not the first time the United States has faced a new virus without a vaccine or medication/treatment. In those instances, it was the work of the public health system, and support of the public, that ultimately contained the spread of disease.”

Officials encouraged community members to do the following to reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19:

  1. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you can't wash your hands.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve.
  4. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  6. Stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick.
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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