The Texarkana Joint Operations Center reports that positive cases of COVID-19 in our area continue to climb. Officially, Bowie County has 37 cases, Cass County has a total of 5 cases confirmed and 2 recovered, and Miller County has 18, for a total of 60.
Earlier we received word that Hempstead County confirmed their first positive case of COVID-19, with more test results pending. There have been 5 people die in Bowie County with the cause listed as COVID-19.
We hope you will keep in mind that when you are looking at these numbers, they may not accurately reflect the number of patients that are actually being treated in our local hospitals. When a test result is positive, that number is counted in the patient’s county and state of origin… (FOR EXAMPLE… if someone from Shreveport was being treated here in Texarkana, that patient still counts as a positive for Caddo Parish Louisiana… or a patient in Little Rock Arkansas, could actually be counted as a positive in Timbuktoo.)
TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center a total of 37 positive COVID-19 cases. There has been a total of five COVID-19 related deaths in Bowie County. Cass County has a total of five positive cases confirmed, with two of those recovered.
It is important during this time to remember the need for blood is not diminished. Please continue to donate blood during this crisis, as accidents and emergencies are still happening, and the need for blood is still present. LifeShare Blood Center is relying on donors to visit its network of donor centers across Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. Each donor center is operating on extended hours due to the COVID-19 crisis. To schedule a donation, call (903) 794-3173.
There are several local resources for those in need of food. A list of those resources can be found here: https://harvestregionalfoodbank.org/food-assistance/
Cass County asks individuals who have tested positive, or their healthcare providers, to report positive cases to the Emergency Management Coordinator at (903) 796-7973.
This outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, reach out. You can visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html for more information, or call the Disaster Distress at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
The latest local information and updates can all be found at www.coronatxk.org. The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.