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  • 4-2-20:  GCHD announces 12 new cases, county total at 130, 5 recovered

    Galveston County Health District today announces 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 130.  To date, 1,533 Galveston County residents have been tested. This number does not include Galveston County residents who may have been tested outside the county.

    Breakdown of Cases as of 4-2-20


    4-1-20:  GCHD announces 12 new cases, county total at 118, 5 recovered

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 118.  To date, 1,206 Galveston County residents have been tested. This number does not include Galveston County residents who may have been tested outside the county.

    Breakdown of Cases as of 4-1-20


    3-31-20:  GCHD announces 14 new cases, county total at 106, and 4 recovered.

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces 14 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 106.  To date, 1,156 Galveston County residents have been tested. This number does not include Galveston County residents who may have been tested outside the county.

    Breakdown of Cases as of 3-31-20


    3-30-20:  GCHD reports 22 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 92. 

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces 22 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 92. 

    To date, 1,063 Galveston County residents have been tested. This number does not include Galveston County residents who may have been tested outside the county.

    Beginning today, GCHD is changing the way it reports COVID-19 cases. Below is a case summary. If you visit https://www.gchd.org/about-us/news-and-events/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/galveston-county-confirmed-covid-19-cases you’ll find a breakdown of all cases including information on total recovered, total hospitalized, total quarantined and case counts by city, as well as additional information. This graphic will be updated daily at 5 p.m.

    Today’s announced cases include:

    • 12 linked to community spread
    • Seven linked to contact with a known positive COVID-19 case
    • Three linked to travel
    • Two cases in 0-10 age range
    • Five cases in 31-40 age range
    • Seven cases in 41-50 age range
    • Two cases in 51-60 age range
    • Four cases in 61-70 age range
    • One case in 71-80 age range
    • One case in 81-90 age range

    3-29-20:  GCHD reports 10 additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 70

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces 10 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 70.

    GCHD Press Release 3-29-20


    3-28-20:  GCHD reports 11 additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 60 with one additional case listed as recovered

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces 11 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 60.  The health district also reports one additional recovered case, bringing the total to five.

    GCHD Press Release 3-28-20


    3-27-20:  GCHD reports nine additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 49.  Health district also reports three additional recovered cases

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces nine additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 49.  The health district also reports three additional recovered cases, making for a total of four.

    GCHD Press Release 3-27-20


    3-26-20:  GCHD reports 13 additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 40

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) this afternoon announces 13 additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 40.

    GCHD Press Release 3-26-20


    3-25-20:  UPDATE: SFISD Continues to Expand Meal Options to Families

    Our Santa Fe ISD Nutrition Services Department has been providing meals for all SFISD students who qualify for the Federal Meal Program in the drop/off pick up area behind Barnett Elementary. Due to the high volume of interest in the Federal Meal Program and the need for home deliveries, the District will begin home delivery on Monday, March 30, 2020. Curbside services at Barnett Elementary will remain available through Monday, March 30, 2020, as we transition to deliver. Please click the link below for more information.
     
     3-25-20: GCHD reports five additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 27.  Health district also reports first recovered case

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) this afternoon announces five additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 27.  The health district also reports the first recovery in the county. A female in her 30s is considered recovered after her symptoms resolved for at least 72 hours, including having no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

    GCHD Press Release 3-25-20 4pm


    3-25-20:  Important information about the SFISD Board of Trustees Meeting on March 30, 2020

    The Santa Fe Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meetings of the Board are normally held at 4133 Warpath, Santa Fe, Texas; HOWEVER, THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY VIDEO AND AUDIO CONFERENCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNANCE AUTHORIZATION CONCERNING SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN OPEN MEETING LAW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) DISASTER. A quorum of members of the Board will participate in the meeting and will be audible to the public.  

    Please click on the links below for additional information on how to access the meeting remotely and the 3-30-20 Agenda.

    Important Information on how to remotely access the March 30, 2020 SFISD Board Meeting

    3-30-20 Agenda


    3-25-20:  GCHD reports one additional COVID-19 positive case, total at 22

    Galveston County Health District this morning announces one additional positive COVID-19 case in a Galveston County resident. This brings the county’s case total to 22.

    GCHD Press Release 3-25-20


    3-25-20:  SFISD Technology Services Available for Staff, Students, and Parents

    The SFISD Technology Services Team will be available for all staff, students and parents during regular school hours (7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). Our staff looks forward to supporting you and your child's needs as we move forward through this transitional learning. Please see the attached letters in both English and Spanish. 

    Technology Services at SFISD

    Technology Services at SFISD_Spanish Version


    3-24-20: GCHD reports three additional COVID-19 positive cases, total at 21

    Galveston County Health District this afternoon announces three additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 21.

    GCHD Press Release 3-24-20


    3-23-20:  COVID - 19 EMERGENCY UPDATE - AT HOME ORDER ISSUED FOR GALVESTON COUNTY RESIDENTS

    Statement from the City of Santa Fe: 

    Today the Counties leadership met, and we are all in agreement that the County is at a tipping point!  If we don’t do something now, the cases of COVID-19 will skyrocket, and medical facilities will not be able to support the needs of our citizens.

    The County is issuing a Stay at Home order, effective tomorrow night, the 24th of March, at midnight and will continue through midnight on the 3rd of April.   100% of the County’s Mayors, are in support of the “Stay at Home” order and its intent.

    As a citizen of the City of Santa Fe, I ask you to not go out for social occasions.  Stay in your family group within your home.

    Please click here to view the STAY AT HOME ORDER.


    3-22-20: GCHD Announces Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases, County Total at 11

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces three additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 11.

    GCHD Press Release 3-22-20


    3-19-20: An Update from Superintendent Dr. Leigh Wall

    We want to thank you again for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented and challenging time for schools and communities across the nation. As we navigate through the impact of COVID-19, SFISD remains committed to supporting our students, staff and families. We want to assure you that the District will continue to keep you updated regarding all school related information. Please click the link below to see a letter from Dr. Leigh Wall, Superintendent of Schools.

    SFISD Superintendent Letter 3-19-2020


    3-19-20: SFISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

    Please click on the link below to see today's FAQs and answers:

    SFISD COVID-19 FAQs as of 3-19-2020


    3-18-20: SFISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

    As the District has continued to provide information to our stakeholders, our intent is to address questions you may have as we navigate through the impact of COVID-19. We may not have the answers to all of your questions right now, but we are working tirelessly to get those answers for you. Please continue to monitor your email and visit the District website and social media channels for more information. The health of Santa Fe ISD students, staff and community is the District's top priority and District staff are working to ensure the community has the most current information available. Beginning March 19, 2020, questions may be submitted at https://santafeupdates.com/contact-us/

    Read SFISD COVID-19 FAQs Here


    3-18-20: GCHD Announces Two Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Galveston County

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today announces two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to four. GCHD will now only announce cases as positive as they are treated the same regardless of being presumptive or waiting confirmation.

    GCHD Press Release 3-18-20


    3-19-20:  GCHD services will be offered by appointment only, effective immediately.

    Due to public health concerns with COVID-19, Galveston County Health District (GCHD) services will be offered by appointment only, effective immediately.  If you are in need of services from any of the programs listed below, please call their respective numbers to schedule an appointment.

    Vitals (birth and death records): 409.763.7202 or 409.765.2553

    Executive Office: 409.938.2379

    Human Resources: 409.938.2260

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 409.949.3471

    Immunizations: 409.938.3459

    Healthy Concepts Clinic: 409.765.2528

    TB: 409.938.2217

    Environmental, Consumer Health and Water Sample Drop-Off: 409.938.2319

    The health district has canceled its Diabetes 101 class until further notice. If you have questions about diabetes management, please email chs@gchd.org.  WIC's cooking class, in partnership with Galveston's Own Farmers Market, and Mother’s Milk Club meetings in Galveston, Texas City and Dickinson are canceled until further notice. Pool and food manager classes offered through the health district’s environmental program are currently postponed.


    3-17-20: Frequently Asked Questions Coming Soon! 

    In an effort to answer questions you may have as we continue to navigate through the impact of COVID-19, the District is committed to supporting our staff, students and the greater Santa Fe community. SFISD staff is in the process of developing an FAQ to answer the most frequent questions we have received from our staff, parents and the community. We plan to post this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, by the close of business tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unchartered waters, and make every effort to get as much useful information to you as possible.


    3-17-20:  GCHD confirms second presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Galveston County resident

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today confirmed its second presumptive positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Galveston County resident.

    The individual is a male ranging in age 45-50. He presented to a UTMB clinic with symptoms including fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache and body ache. Test results from UTMB show he is positive for COVID-19. Results are pending confirmation from the Houston Health Department laboratory.

    An initial investigation shows the man has not recently traveled or come into contact with another infected person. This suggests the first signs of community spread in Galveston County. 

    Read full press release:

    GCHD Press Release 3-17-20


    3-16-20: Santa Fe ISD Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update Regarding School Closure

    Our district leadership remains vigilant in accessing information, direction and guidance from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state agencies. In the best interest of the health and safety of our students and school community, SFISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 10, 2020.

    Read full letter from Superintendent Dr. Leigh Wall 3-16-20


    3-14-20: Santa Fe ISD will be providing meals for all SFISD students who qualify for the federal meal program beginning Monday, March 16th

    Santa Fe ISD understands that navigating all the changes to childcare plans, work schedules, and finances that the rapidly-evolving novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has caused will be overwhelming to families throughout the District.

    Santa Fe ISD & Nutrition Services Department will be providing meals for all SFISD students who qualify for the federal meal program beginning Monday, March 16th. Nutrition Services staff will have the meals set up in the drop-off/pickup area behind Barnett Elementary.   A packaged lunch and a breakfast meal for the next morning will be available for each student.  Parents and students may drive-thru and pick up the meals beginning March 16th-20th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Onsite dining will not be available.  Enter Barnett Elementary (11818 FM 1764 Santa Fe, TX)   from 1764 and drive to the rear of the building using the car rider drop off and pickup designated lanes.   Questions regarding meal pickup can be emailed to Michelle Skiles, Nutrition Services Supervisor, at michelle.skiles@sfisd.org.


    3-13-20:  GCHD confirms first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in Galveston County resident

    Galveston County Health District (GCHD) today confirmed its first presumptive positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Galveston County resident.

    Results are pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See the attached press release for more information.

    GCHD Press Release 3-13-2020


    3-12-20:  SFISD UPDATE

    Santa Fe ISD is committed to fostering a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for all members of the learning community. With the current situation and concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SFISD has remained vigilant in accessing information, direction and guidance from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state agencies. The District during the course of this week has been participating in conference calls with these trusted local, county and state health authorities, as well as, other districts in the region.

    Please see the attached letter regarding the week of March 16-20, 2020. 

    SFISD Superintendent Letter 3-12-20


    Galveston County Health District Opens Information Call Center to Answer COVID-19 Questions

    Galveston County Health District is extending its information call center hours to include tomorrow (March 14) 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Covid questions

    Galveston County Health District today opened an information call center to answer questions about COVID-19. The center will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  

    There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County. The health district will promptly report any confirmed and presumptive positive county cases. The immediate risk for Galveston County residents remains low.

     There are simple steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home if you're sick.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow. You can also use a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Get a flu shot. The flu vaccine does not offer protection against COVID-19, but it is also flu season.

    You can learn more about COVID-19 at gchd.org/coronavirus. Follow us @GCHDinfo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.


    Santa Fe ISD is committed to fostering a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for all members of the learning community. With the current situation and concerns surrounding the coronavirus, SFISD is staying vigilant during Spring Break in heightening our measures and taking additional steps in sanitizing on our campuses and in our facilities to minimize the spread of any respiratory viruses. See the flyer below outlining our SFISD Alert Protocols regarding our levels of response. Currently, the District is operating under a Level 1 status. Also linked below is information regarding travel during the break. The District will continue to seek guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Galveston County Health Department and communicate any information and Alert status changes with you.

    SFISD Coronavirus Protocol Levels

    SFISD Coronavirus Travel Letter

    SFISD Superintendant Letter 02-27-20