Cass County to end Amended Order of Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency

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LINDEN, Texas ⁠— Cass County will end its Amended Order of Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency on April 30 at 11:59 p.m.

According to a release from Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks, while the order is set to expire, the county will continue to follow Texas governor Greg Abbott’s orders concerning Phase 1 of the 3-phase reopening of the state.

“I was hoping his order would be broader and more inclusive of other ‘non-essential’ businesses, but at least we are one step closer to Opening Texas than we were this time last week,’ Wilbanks wrote.

The county has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with eight of them having recovered. Judge Wilbanks asks people to continue to pray for individuals still suffering through the symptoms of the virus.

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“Never take for granted that it could not happen to you because it can,” Wilbanks wrote. “Please continue, no matter how good our numbers may be, to be cautious and continue to practice the health protocols. The virus will still be around; we just have to be smarter than it.”

Wilbanks also thanked the citizens of the county for their part in practicing social distancing, frequently washing hands, sanitizing, minimizing social gatherings, and minimizing in-person contact with people outside the household.

Wilbanks concluded: “Let’s not stop fighting the battle, we have not yet won the war, but we are beginning to overtake the enemy! Let’s keep fighting and OPEN TEXAS!!!”

For more information on the expiration of the order, residents can call the county courthouse at 903-756-5181.