It's been a busy weekend for updates in Victoria County regarding Covid-19 cases in our area. Over the weekend additional positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed by the Victoria County Public Health Department bringing the total number of local cases to six.

One of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 is reported to be a male who is employed by Victoria ISD. Dr. Quinten Shepherd quickly addressed the matter in a letter to VISD Employees that can be read below:

<p>VISD Employees,</p><p>VISD is confirming one of our employees has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee is in good condition and is isolated at home to prevent the spread to others.</p><p>As we work closely with the Victoria County Public Health Department throughout this COVID-19 situation, health officials are confident this case has been fully evaluated, including having identified any contacts this person may have had over the past 14 days. They have already reached out to those individuals to provide further guidance.</p><p>Our maintenance staff is ensuring all areas this employee may have been within our facilities in the last 14 days is thoroughly disinfected.</p><p>The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to take the following prevention measures:</p><p>Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.<br /> Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.<br /> As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.</p><p>Anyone who is displaying symptoms associated with coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should either call their primary care doctor or their local health department. The Victoria County Public Health Department’s hotline number is 361-580-5796.</p><p>We recognize that this message is likely to cause concern in our community. Our public health officials have been outstanding partners throughout this entire situation. We join them in emphasizing the necessity of sharing information and acting with precaution throughout these extraordinary circumstances.</p><p>We are supporting the employee to the extent we are able to help ensure a rapid and full recovery. We also will continue to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible.</p>

Dr. Quintin Shepherd
Superintendent of Schools”

We want to thank Dr. Shepherd for all the communication he and his staff have shared. They have done an incredible job keeping employees, parents, and students updated.

With schools closed for another week, Victoria ISD has made some changes to the way families are picking up meals. Beginning on Monday, there will be new pick up days for meal service and a new window for meal pick up. According to VISD's website here are this week's distribution times.

  • Monday - breakfast, and lunch for Monday and Tuesday
  • Wednesday - breakfast, and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday
  • Friday - breakfast, and lunch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Some meals are required to be microwaved or heated. Remember any child who is hungry can pick up a meal at the following locations regardless of which school they attend.

  • Aloe Elementary
  • Crain Elementary
  • Hopkins Elementary
  • Rowland Elementary
  • Shields Elementary
  • Stroman Middle School

The pickup window is from 9:30 – 12:30, Stroman will serve until 1:00.

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