7-16-2020 – Updated Texarkana Area COVID 19 Numbers

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Miller County reports a total of 293 positive cases with 144 recoveries and 2 deaths. Bowie County reports a total of 431 positive COVID-19 cases, with 187 recoveries and 29 deaths. Cass County has a total of 75 cases with 44 recovered and two deaths.

Miller County is tracing 147 active cases. Bowie County is tracing 215 active cases. Cass County is tracing 29 active cases.

Total active cases in the Texarkana area … 391

(For questions regarding local hospitalizations, you are encouraged to call 903.255.5560)

Media Release:

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 431 positive COVID-19 cases, with 187 recoveries and 29 deaths. There are currently 215 active cases being traced in Bowie County.

Cass County has a total 75 cases with 44 recovered and two deaths.  Cass County currently has 29 active cases.

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.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management notified Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks that Cass County is no longer exempt from GA-29 due to the number of active cases in Cass County reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services as of 4 p.m. yesterday, Sunday, July 12, 2020. Please direct questions to the Texas Department of State Health Services via email at the following address: coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov

Governor Greg Abbott Executive Order: GA-29 includes the following mandates:

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

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

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.

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