6-17-2020 Updated COVID 19 Information for Texarkana Area

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Miller County reports that another patient was lost to COVID 19 last night, bringing their numbers to 73 positive cases, 55 recoveries, and 2 deaths. The Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 214 positive COVID-19 cases, with 100 recoveries and 13 related deaths. Cass County has a total 35 cases with 31 recoveries and two deaths. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reports 1 active positive case at the Barry B. Telford Unit.

Miller County Judge Cathy Harrison issued this release:

Positive cases of COVID -19 have continued to rise throughout Arkansas, the same is true for Miller County. Last night Miller County had a second death reported due to the virus. For approximately 15 days there were no increases of positive cases within Miller County. Currently there are 16 active cases within Miller County.

Miller County continues to do everything possible to minimize the risk to our employees as well as the public that we serve. Today I was  notified that a Miller County employee has tested positive for the virus. This person is doing well and self-quarantined upon notification of their results. At this time no other employees have shown symptoms and once again all precautions have been taken. Yesterday, after speaking with DR Matt Young, OEM Director Joe Bennett and the Circuit Judges the decision was made to reinstate temperature screenings for anyone entering Miller County facilities. Effective tomorrow, June 18th, everyone entering the Miller County Courthouse will be required to enter through the South side, 4thstreet (handicap) entrance of the Miller County Courthouse. For your convenience the employee parking lot will be available for public parking.

The Bowie County Emergency Operations Center Media Release:

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 214 positive COVID-19 cases, with 100 recoveries and 13 related deaths. Cass County has a total 35 cases with 31 recoveries, and two deaths. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reports 1 active positive case at the Barry B. Telford Unit.

Another round of no-cost testing will be offered this week in Bowie County. Two sites will be offered: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 18-20th, a walk-in testing site will be set up at the Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed.

On Saturday, June 20th, 2020 a drive-thru testing site will be set up in New Boston at #1 Trailhead Park Plaza at the pavilion. The test will be offered at no-cost, but an appointment will be required for this site. Register on Friday by calling 512-883-2400 or visit https://txcovidtest.org

The Business Survey to gauge Economic Impact is still ongoing. All businesses in Bowie County are invited to submit a survey, to report positive or negative impacts to their business. The survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHFOIw9o16XOhE2_Ul4iKlW0K775q7zsWmjctRpovfhTWDzw/viewform?usp=sf_link

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.

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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