TEXARKANA — The Bowie County Office of Emergency Management says that confirmed cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in the county with 1,155 active cases according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Matt Young from Texarkana Emergency Center and Hospital says that the “new variant” is less severe but “much more contagious.”
“While the new variant seems to be less severe for most people, and for now is causing less hospitalizations, it also seems to be much more contagious and easily transmissible than we’ve seen in the past,” Dr. Young said. “Please, do what you can to stay safe.”
Officials are asking residents in the Texarkana area to keep in mind the rising caseload to help maintain the capacity of the infusion center and local healthcare system.
“We are working hard to maintain options for testing and keep the infusion center open here in our community,” Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell said, “but the infusion center, and testing centers both have limited capacity. It’s important that we let the community know we’re seeing an increase in positivity rates and it’s time to take all precautions possible.”
Texarkana, Texas mayor Bob Bruggeman reminds the public that testing is available by calling your primary care physician, local pharmacies and clinics, and the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center.
Measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 are recommended by city and county officials. For such information, call the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center at 903-798-3250.