TEXARKANA — The Bowie County emergency operations center reported Tuesday that the number of positive COVID-19 cases has risen to 88 with 34 recoveries and six deaths.
The Bowie County EOC provided a breakdown by age and gender of the positive cases:
|Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 4/21/20)|
|Total Cases in Bowie County||88|
|Ages (Bowie County Cases)|
|Gender (Bowie County Cases)|
Positive cases can be delayed sometimes when being posted to the state of Texas’ health and human services’ website. For the most up-to-date numbers on positive cases in the county, visit http://coronatxk.org.
“Open Texas back up”
The EOC received many calls from residents asking for clarification of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s remarks over the weekend of “opening Texas back up.” Though lawmakers and state and local officials are working toward that goal, the following restrictions are still in place:
- Bowie County Shelter-in-Place Order effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020
- City of Texarkana, Texas Curfew in place until further notice beginning at 10:00 p.m. and lasting until 6:00 a.m.
- Cass County Stay-at-Home Order effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020
- Various statewide restrictions issued by Governor Greg Abbott
Governor Abbott ordered retail-to-go, and guidance has been provided by the Texas health and human services department on what that looks like for employers, employees, and customers. For more information, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/…/docs/ReOpenedRetailGuidance.pdf
Telford unit cases not included in Bowie County numbers
Inmates at the Barry B. Telford Correctional Facility who test positive for COVID-19 are not included in the county’s numbers. The EOC is working with the administration of the Telford unit to understand the emergency plans for the facility. Telford unit positive cases can be found at https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/offender_mac.html
Food banks offer assistance
Individuals in need of food can find resources at https://harvestregionalfoodbank.org/food-assistance/
Mental health and wellness during COVID-19
Anyone struggling with mental health related to the COVID-19 pandemic is encouraged to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html for more information or call the Disaster Distress at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
The latest local information and updates can all be found at www.coronatxk.org. The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.