7-8-2020 – Updated Texarkana Area COVID 19 Numbers

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Bowie County reports a total of 340 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths. Due to the recent surge of numbers in Bowie County, efforts have been focused on tracing active cases and they are in the process of updating the number of recoveries. Cass County reports a total of 57 cases with 39 recovered and three deaths. Miller County reports 232 positive cases, 108 recoveries, and 2 deaths.

Bowie County will update TexarkanaFYI.com with recoveries when the numbers are translated.

Recovery numbers do continue to rise in our area, just not as fast as infection numbers are climbing. Speaking to our local facilities, our Texarkana hospitals are not overwhelmed at this time but do say it is important that all do what they can to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 in our community.

Media Release:

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 340 positive COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths.  Due to the recent surge of numbers in Bowie County, efforts have been focused on tracing active cases and we are in the process of updating the number of recoveries.

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.

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.

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