As COVID-19 restrictions lifted, Glen Rose schools, hospital respond to change

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Gov. Greg Abbott

When Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order ending the state's mask mandate and allowing businesses statewide to operate at full capacity as of March 10, the governor also announced it would be up to individual businesses and public entities to set their own restrictions as they feel necessary.

At Glen Rose ISD, the district announced via a social media post that its campuses had moved to the “minimal” activity level as outlined in the Fall 2020 school year guidance (see at https://bit.ly/3rvom6s) effective March 10.

Under the protective measures of the Minimal Activity Level, students and staff are now recommended to wear face coverings/shields when social distancing is difficult, including classrooms. All other current COVID-19 mitigation protocols will remain in place at this time, according to the district's post.

"Please keep in mind that COVID activity levels can change and place Glen Rose ISD back at the moderate or substantial level mandating students in grades 5-12 and staff to wear face coverings/shields," the announcement states.

The definition of “close contact” has not been changed and any student or staff member who has been determined, by contact tracing, to be within 6 feet of an infected person for greater than 15 minutes without a mask, will be mandated to follow isolation protocols.

"Glen Rose ISD continues to recommend the 3 W’s; Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance as we continue to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic."

At Glen Rose Medical Center, officials issued this statement regarding the lift in restrictions: "While we respect the governors OPEN TEXAS no mask mandate, Glen Rose Medical Center will and must follow CDC guidelines for healthcare settings. Patient health and safety is our priority."

Glen Rose Medical Center and Glen Rose Healthcare, Inc. continue to require patients and visitors to wear a mask while in the medical center, this includes registration, lab, radiology, ER, physician offices and outpatient therapy.

Data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows there have been a total of 582 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Somervell County as of Wednesday. As of Tuesday, only one of those cases was listed as active.

Of the total cases, the Texas DSHS reports 13 fatalities in Somervell County from virus-related complications. The first death was reported on Aug. 13, 2020, and the most recent was on Feb. 21, 2021. 

Glen Rose Medical Center has been hosting vaccination clinics as they receive doses from the state. To keep up with when those clinics are scheduled, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Glen-Rose-Medical-Center-702148033172412 or their website at www.glenrosemedicalcenter.com/

As of Wednesday, 10.2% of people in Texas are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which exceeds the percent of people who have tested positive for the virus, according to reports from the Texas Tribune.