5-5-2020 – Update on Area COVID 19 Numbers

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Recovery numbers continue to climb according to information gained from local authorities today. Miller County reports 35 COVID 19 cases and 24 recoveries. Bowie County reports 104 cases with 50 recoveries, and Cass County reports 19 cases with 13 recovered.

Media Release:

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 104 positive COVID-19 cases, with 50 recoveries and ten related deaths. Cass County has a total of 19 with 13 recovered.

No-cost COVID 19 testing will be offered in Texarkana, Texas and New Boston, Texas tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. An appointment is required.

To register for an appointment, call 512-883-2400 or visit https://txcovidtest.org/  To be tested, a patient must be experiencing one of the following symptoms: Fever and/or chills, Cough (Dry or Productive), Fatigue, Body aches/muscle or joint pain, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Headaches, Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea, Nasal Congestion, or Loss of Taste and/or Smell.

Testing locations will be at 4102 Gibson Lane, Texarkana, Texas (the old Excel ER location) and #1 Trail Head Park Plaza in New Boston, Texas (the Pavilion at Trail Head Park just west of the Three Bostons’ Museum).

Residents in Bowie and Cass County are urged to continue following Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders and following CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing.

By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls were permitted to reopen on Friday, May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed. The Governor’s Report to Open Texas, protocols for re-opening, and the Executive Orders can be found here: http://coronatxk.org/679/Executive-Orders-related-to-COVID-19 Businesses seeking information on capacity to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders can contact the Emergency Operations Center at (903) 255-5560.

The Emergency Operations Center has teamed up with the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce to publish a Business Survey to gauge Economic Impact. All businesses in Bowie County are invited to submit a survey, to report positive or negative impacts to their business. The deadline is May 12, 2020 and the survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHFOIw9o16XOhE2_Ul4iKlW0K775q7zsWmjctRpovfhTWDzw/viewform?usp=sf_link

The latest local information and updates can all be found at www.coronatxk.org. The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.

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