Emergency Manager Prasifka passes away as COVID cases rise in Atascosa and Frio Counties

Atascosa County Emergency Management Coordinator David Prasifka passed away of COVID-19 on July 4, even as the number of confirmed cases in both Atascosa and Frio counties continued to rise.

News of Prasifka’s death was announced via a message shared on the county’s Facebook page.

“Prasifka worked diligently and passionately for Atascosa County and the citizens of Atascosa County for many years, not only as EMO, but as a volunteer fire fighter in Jourdanton,” the message stated. “Recently David had been leading Atascosa County through the COVID-19 pandemic. His humor, heart, and passion for not only his EMC job, but his family will be missed by many.”

Atascosa County EMS Director Don Penny is taking over for Prasifka.

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“I am in no way going to try to fill that man’s shoes because it is an impossible task,” Penny wrote in a message posted on the County’s Emergency Management Office Facebook page. “I am going to continue his work which we all know he would have wanted it done. I am here and available to help you with any questions that you may have that needs answering. I will do my best to provide the best answers I can…Please bear with me as I will do my best to do what Mr. David has taught me over the past year that I had the pleasure of working with him.”

The county reported numbers from the Department of State Health Services on July 6 that included 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 137 last week. Seventy-one cases are currently active, and 92 patients have recovered.

Frio County

Frio County’s COVID Lifeline Dashboard reported 191 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 7, up from 134 last week. Eighty-seven cases are active, and 104 patients have recovered.

There are also 51 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pearsall’s GEO detention center, with four currently being isolated or monitored.

By Marly Davis

Staff Writer