Orange County’s big jump in Covid 19 cases last week was because of an outbreak at a nursing home, Orange County Judge John Gothia said Monday.
Even with the jump, he does not foresee a local order requiring people to wear face masks in public or in stores. “We’re not to that point in Orange County,” he said.
The county’s weekly total of cases on Wednesday, June 24, went up to 191 cases, or 60 more than the 131 on June 17.
Gothia said the increase is also because of more testing. A military mobile testing center was set up Sunday at the Bridge City Community Center. He said 217 people were tested.
He spoke during a phone interview on KOGT’s Morning Show’s “People in the Know” segment.
The judge has been ill for almost a week and missed last’s commissioners court meeting. He has taken a covid 19 test, but the results were negative. He is planning to attend Tuesday’s court meeting that will include discussion of local pandemic measures.
Gothia said commissioners have not been wearing masks to meetings but have been spread out to allow six feet between each other. He might wear a mask to the meeting on Tuesday because of his illness. He said he does not want commissioners to get whatever illness.d
He said masks do not prevent someone from catching the disease unless the masks are an N95 type and those kind are hard to find.
Still, he recommends wearing a mask in public if it makes someone feel comfortable. Hygiene is still important, he said. Wash hands frequently and keep a social distance of six feet.