7-21-2020 – Updated Texarkana COVID 19 Numbers

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For the Texarkana area, Miller County reports 360 total positive cases, 272 recoveries, 2 deaths and are tracking 86 active cases. Bowie reports a total of 511 positive COVID-19 cases, with 226 recoveries, 31 deaths, and tracking 254 active cases. Cass County reports 92 cases with 50 recovered and two deaths. Cass County currently has 40 active cases.

Total number of current active cases of COVID 19 in Texarkana – 380

Since the creation of the Texarkana Joint Operations Center our local health authorities, along with county and city officials have kept a running count of total positive cases in each of our three neighboring counties. These positive cases are viral tests with swabs, and because of not including ig antibody tests as “active” has really saved our area a lot of headaches from crazy numbers.

For a short time, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice wanted to lump convict numbers in with the local count, but that was taken care of quickly. So, with all this, we encourage you to learn more about how our Joint Operations Center keeps track of COVID 19 in the Texarkana area. Call them at 903.255.5560.

Media Release:

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 511 positive COVID-19 cases, with 226 recoveries and 31 deaths. There are currently 254 active cases being traced in Bowie County.

Cass County has a total 92 cases with 50 recovered and two deaths.  Cass County currently has 40 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 City of Texarkana, Texas is closing the Southwest Center until further notice pending results of COVID-19 testing. One employee has tested positive, and the rest of the staff is being tested as well. Texarkana Senior Services will continue distributing free hot meals to local seniors every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. at the back of the Southwest Center in the turnaround driveway.

Please note two meals are given away on Mondays and Wednesdays, one hot meal and one frozen, to help with food on those days’ services aren’t offered.

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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