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Four new cases push local coronavirus total to 14

City conference comes before Canales' report
City stepping up loca lCOVID-19  testing
Posted at 10:17 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 23:26:14-04

With 14 local coronavirus cases reported, health department officials announced that they are looking at adding more drive-thru testing events.

Annette Rodriguez of the city/county health department said at a Wednesday press conference her department now has 45 people on telephones answering coronavirus-related questions. A retired physician has also joined their staff to answer questions.

City officials also reported that camping at Labonte Park and West Guth Park will be closed during this Easter holiday weekend.

The city also has announced that a local lab has been used for the first time to test local coronavirus tests. The lab is one of 10 in the states that is taking COVID-19 tests.

Rodriguez also explained how her department now is "contact sourcing". She said they ask those who've tested positive where they've been in the last 14 days.

They will even look over the patients credit card statements to see where they've been during that time to determine who they may have come in contact with.

County Judge Barbara Canales signed a Judge Barbara Canales has issued a stay-at-home order for Nueces County because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday's announcement comes as 14 local cases of coronavirus has been announced in Nueces County.

Earlier, city officials announced that no camping will be permitted at West Guth Park and they will continue daily press briefings.

No camper at West Guth Park and