Texas provides guidance for houses of worship amid COVID-19


Texas governor Greg Abbott and attorney general Ken Paxton provided guidelines for churches and houses of worship to continue services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Churches still need to abide by the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines, which advise that groups of 10 or less gather and to maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Governor Abbott codified these guidelines into Executive Order 08, which is still in effect. The order states, “In accordance with the Guidelines from the President [of the United States] and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.”

The guidance can be found here: http://coronatxk.org/DocumentCenter/View/6884/Revised-Guidance-for-Houses-of-Worship-During-the-COVID-19-Crisis—Final

Texarkana College Mourns Damon Lynn

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Bowie County emergency operations center reported 89 positive cases of COVID-19 with 40 recoveries and six deaths. Here is a breakdown of the cases by age and gender:

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 4/22/20)
Total Cases in Bowie County 89
Ages (Bowie County Cases)
0-19 2
20-29 13
30-39 17
40-49 20
50-59 14
60-69 14
70-79 9
80+ 0
Gender (Bowie County Cases)
Male 43
Female 46


Texas blood donations still vital

LifeShare Blood Center is still relying on donors to visit its network of donor centers in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed many aspects of everyday life, accidents and emergencies are still occurring, which means the need for blood has not diminished. Donors are invited to call 903-794-3173 to schedule a donation.

For more information on the latest updates on COVID-19 and its effects in Bowie County, visit www.coronatxk.org or call 903-255-5560.