Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 332 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday evening. which means 10 more positive test results. There have been  119 recoveries and 26 deaths in the county. Cass County still holding at a total 57 cases with 39 recovered and three deaths. Miller County added 8 new cases.

Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison posted on her Facebook page Miller County has now a total of 228 COVID-19 with 106 recoveries and 2 deaths. There are 120 active cases currently.

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-19. The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.