Judge Harbison responds to governor's mandate on face masks; 3 new county cases reported

Active cases in Shelby County remain at 57 on Friday

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison on Friday morning offered the following comments regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation yesterday said that county judges have some authority over outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.

“ I have gotten many calls regarding different events, especially private Fourth of July gatherings,” she said. “I personally feel we should celebrate our nation’s independence.

“I ask that you do so respectively and safely,” Harbison said. “There are health/safety protocols for practically every type of event and business at www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas.”

Harbison said Abbott's mandate leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

“I know that you have questions about the new mandate, I have questions too and at this point I have very few answers,” she said. “Hopefully, we will receive more clear directives next week.

“I urge everyone to be smart and take appropriate precautions. 

“If you’re sick, stay home. Minimize the risk of exposure and transmission,” Harbison said. “I hope that you have a great holiday weekend. Be smart, be kind, be safe, stay well!!”


TxDSHS has reported three new cases raising the total to 278 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County as of Friday, according to Kerri Shofner, coordinator of Shelby County Emergency Management Office.

According to the state's algorithm to determine recoveries, no new recoveries were reported so Shelby County remains at 211 recoveries. Shelby County has 57 active cases and the death count remains at 10 for COVID-19.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Active Cases in each zip code

Center area — 75935 - 41
Joaquin area — 75954 - 5
Shelbyville area — 75973 - 4
Tenaha area — 75974 - 5
Timpson area —75975 - 2

Cumulative Cases in each zip code:

Center area 75935 - 201
Joaquin 75954 - 14
Shelbyville 75973 - 17
Tenaha 75974 - 27
Timpson 75975 - 19

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 22 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 91 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 86 cases 4 deaths
Ages 61 to 80: 47 cases, 4 deaths
Ages 81 to 100: 27 cases, 2 deaths
Age unknown: 5 cases

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