7-10-2020 – Updated Texarkana COVID 19 Numbers [VIDEO]


The curve is no longer flat in our region. Bowie County reports a total of 353 positive COVID-19 cases, with 181 recoveries and 26 deaths. Cass County has a total of 57 cases with 39 recovered and three deaths. Miller County Arkansas reports 237 positive cases, 120 recoveries, and 2 deaths.

We clarify how our local numbers are gathered in the video with our Bowie County Health Authority below, but simple arithmetic of released numbers will show, for instance, in Bowie County, there are 353 total positive cases detected, minus the 181 recoveries and 26 deaths you get “146 active cases” in Bowie County. In Miller County, it would be 115 active cases, and Cass County has 15 active cases. Totaled to 276 active COVID 19 cases in the Texarkana region.
(We do not want to add any numbers or manipulate the released materials in any way, but there you go.)

We were able to get some clarification on those local numbers and discuss the importance and urgency at efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 with our local health authority, Dr. Matt Young. We also discuss masks, and no they are not 100% but we also discuss that authorities are wanting to do anything they can to slow the spread and avoid any further “shutdowns”.

Media Release:

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 353 positive COVID-19 cases, with 181 recoveries and 26 deaths.

Cass County has a total 57 cases with 39 recovered and three deaths.

The Bowie County/Texarkana, Texas Joint Operations Center is still conducting contact tracing on positive cases, so if you test positive for COVID-19, or are a healthcare provider that conducts COVID testing, please notify the Local Health Authority at (903) 255-5560.

As businesses are reopening, the EOC has received several calls seeking advice on what to do if there is a confirmed or suspected employee with COVID-19.  Guidance for businesses can be found at the CDC website at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html#Suspected-or-Confirmed-Cases-of-COVID-19-in-the-Workplace

No-cost testing will be offered Monday, July 13, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. in Bowie County.

No appointment is needed.  Walk-in testing site will be set up at two locations:

  • Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Center – 902 W. 12th St., Texarkana, TX 75501
  • New Boston Community Center – 301 NE Front St., New Boston, TX 75570

Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday, July 3, 2020 that he issued a new Executive Order: GA-29.

The Executive order requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

The executive order can be found here: https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/EO-GA-29-use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf

Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks has decided to opt out of the Governor’s order based on the number of active cases in Cass County at this time.

“If our active case number reaches the 20 mark, we will then automatically be under the Governor’s Order,” she said. “The choice to opt out of the Governor’s Order does not, however, free us to opt out of using common sense. We must be self-responsible to do what it good and what is right. Please continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC.”

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

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

Texarkana Health Authority Clarifying Local COVID 19 Numbers, Readiness of Local Hospitals and MASKS

We visit with Dr. Matt Young and clarify how we share local COVID 19 numbers, how well our local counties are working together and how we need to work to get back ahead of the virus, if not, it will get bad here. Especially with Texarkana being a regional hub for healthcare.#texarkanacovid19numbers #bowie_county #texas #texarkananews

Posted by Texarkana FYI on Friday, July 10, 2020


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