The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District has reported the first COVID-19 related death for Taylor County Saturday, April 4.

The patient was a female in her 40s, and a resident of Disability Resources, Inc., with underlying medical conditions. She was taken to an area hospital after developing symptoms of COVID-19, and having direct contact with a previously identified COVID-19 positive DRI resident.

She later tested positive for COVID-19, and was hospitalized until the time of her death.

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District is urging area residents to protect themselves, and medically-fragile community members from the spread of COVID-19 by:

Practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible

Washing or sanitizing hands often

Covering sneezes and coughs

Avoid touching your face

Staying home if sick

Routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces

If an individual feels they may be showing symptoms for COVID-19, it is important they first call their medical provider or the Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District at 325-692-5600 for screening and further instruction.

Health officials ask that those experiencing symptoms to not arrive at a medical office, facility or hospital without first making contact by phone and receiving instruction.