TEXARKANA — Bowie County still has one confirmed case of COVID-19 as of Monday morning. Bowie County officials also state that the rumor of a positive COVID-19 case at the county jail is false.
Cass County still has just one confirmed case. Officials still urge residents to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus.
Dr. Matt Young from Texarkana Emergency Center says that it is not recommended to seek out testing for COVID-19 unless one can’t manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter medications.
“We want to ask everyone to stay at home as much as possible, even if you are well,” Dr. Young said, “Follow the CDC guidelines. Only go outside for necessary travel. Our community has been very responsible, and we are now asking you to increase our responsibility to show others how Texarkana, USA, and our Four States area can work together to decrease the spread of this virus.”
Dr. Young says people feeling ill should treat their symptoms at home with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.
Currently, the Emergency Operations Center is collecting data involving patients who have been tested and people under investigations. Local healthcare facilities should call in and notify EOC personnel of each potential case at 903-255-5562.
Emergency operations managers are also seeking out personal protective equipment (PPE). If any individuals or businesses have PPE to donate, reach out to the EOC at 903-255-5560.
For a list of closures and cancellations and daily updates, visit www.coronatxk.org or call the local hotline telephone number at 903-255-5560.