Joint Operations Center to Discontinue Local COVID Hotline

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The Texarkana Texas Joint Operations Center has been providing accurate and up-to-date COVID information for callers to the hotline. With steady dropping numbers locally, the number will be discontinued on March 22, 2021.

Almost one year ago, our local authorities, county judges, mayors, emergency management personnel, and county health authorities formed the Joint Operations Center to keep the public informed. At the beginning of the pandemic, they provided daily updates, wading thru the confusion of local numbers, with state numbers and TDCJ numbers, compared to the local population numbers, our hospitals in Texas and serving four states… no easy task at all.

Until March 22, you can still call 903.255.5560.

Press Release:

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in the area, the local Emergency Operations Center will discontinue the use of the COVID hotline telephone number beginning Monday, March 22, 2021. Individuals can call individual departments for assistance:

Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management         (903) 798-3043
Texarkana Texas Fire Department                                          (903) 798-3994
Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Clinic                                    (903) 798-3250
Bowie County Office of Emergency Management               (903) 628-6776

Locally, Texas DSHS has reported 39 new Bowie County cases since Friday for a total of 4,628 positive COVID-19 cases, and 2,104 probable cases with 195 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 468 active cases currently in Bowie County.

Free COVID-19 testing is still available at 902 W. 12th Street in Texarkana, Texas from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To make an appointment visit https://texas.fulgentgenetics.com/ or call 877-862-4647.

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