Updated: Mar. 20, 2020 at 5:52 p.m. CDT
Posted: Mar. 20, 2020 at 12:42 p.m. CDT
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
LINDEN – Texas Department of Health Services notified Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks Thursday that a resident tested positive for COVID-19.
“Yesterday evening, I was notified by the Department of State Health Services that Cass County has one confirmed case of COVID-19,” Wilbanks posted on social media Friday.
David Leary, deputy regional DSHS director in Tyler, said most COVID-19 cases appearing in the 35-county region seem to be related to travel.
“We can’t give any kind of patient information about cases,” Leary said. “I don’t know specifically about Cass County.”
DSHS does attempt to determine whether the cases are “tribal related” or connected to another case.
“At this point they are still trying to determine if some of them are related,” Leary said, but agreed that so far, “most of them are travel [related].”
At this time, this is the only confirmed COVID-19 case located in a county adjoining Marion County. There is one confirmed case in Gregg County and today’s confirmed case in Cass County.
The Texas Tribune reports today that there are 212 confirmed cases in Texas and five deaths. Over 5,000 tests have been administered in Texas.
Louisiana DSHS reports 537 cases statewide with fourteen deaths. Twelve cases are reported in Caddo Parish with no deaths thus far.
“I implore each of you to please follow the guidelines and directives set out by the CDC,” Wilbanks stated. “Wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, practice social distancing, limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, clean and disinfect surfaces, sanitize, and self-isolate.”
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