Updated: Mar. 22, 2020 at 8:02 p.m. CDT
Published: Mar. 22, 2020 at 6:33 p.m. CDT
From Staff Reports
DAINGERFIELD – Morris County Judge Doug Reeder posted on his Facebook page that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) late Sunday afternoon advised him that a resident of Morris County has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The DSHS is taking all necessary actions in response to this matter,” Reeder said. “Morris County is just one of dozens of other counties in the state that are dealing with a positive case of the virus.”
Upshur County Judge Todd Tefteller told media representatives that the COVID-19 case reported in that county on Friday was misclassified. The person actually lives in Morris County.
Tefteller said he was informed of the error Sunday afternoon by the State Department of Health Services, according to published reports.
Morris County is the third county in close proximity to Marion County to report a positive COVID-19 case. Sixteen confirmed cases have been reported in neighboring Caddo Parrish. The Texas Department of State and Health Services reports 69 confirmed cases that are “pending county assignment” as of Sunday.
Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur announced Sunday afternoon that there were no confirmed cases in Marion County.
On Sunday afternoon more than 43 other counties in Texas have positive cases of the coronavirus.
“While there is no cause for panic, it does underscore the need to take this medical emergency serious,” Reeder said. “I urge everyone to continue to be vigilant in following the guidelines issued by the federal, state, and local governments.”
Residents have been instructed to call 211 on their telephones for COVID-19 information and assistance.
The Jimplecute was advised that there was no treatment for COVID-19 and that to qualify for testing they should be experiencing difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent chest pain, bluish lips or face or confusion.
The operator urged listeners to not show up at an ER because if they do have COVID-19, they would be exposing everyone there to the virus. Callers were urged to call the ER first to tell them they were coming.
Christus Good Shepherd also offers telephone assistance.
“If you are ill with fever or cough or shortness of breath and have had travel to any region that has known community spread of coronavirus or if you have any of the above symptoms and exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, call 1-800-458-4559 to be connected to the CHRISTUS COVID Hotline,” a message on the hospital’s webpage advises.
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