Four additional COVID deaths occurred in Bowie County over the weekend. Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 322 positive COVID-19 cases, with 119 recoveries and 26 deaths. This means in Bowie County there are currently 177 active cases.

Cass County adds a death as well. Cass County now has a total 57 cases with 39 recovered and a total of three deaths. This would mean there are a total of 15 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.

 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.

 In Miller County:

Miller County in Arkansas according to Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison's Facebook post went from 29 active cases the evening of July 4 to 116 active cases  Sunday night July 5. The high numbers were due to testing that was performed last week at the Miller County Jail.  There were 85 positive test results from the approximately 335 tests administered. Five of those are staff members at the Miller County Jail the rest are inmates. All are currently asymptomatic.

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