Shelby County COVID-19 cases rise; nearly 6,000 new cases added to Texas total
Texas Department of State Health Services reported Shelby County added another three confirmed cases to the county's cumulative cases, said Kerri Shofner on Friday morning.
That places Shelby County's cumulative cases since March to 264, she said. Included in that total are 146 victim recoveries, 110 active cases and eight deaths, Shofner said.
“DSHS also reports that of the 264 cumulative cases, 18 of those cases are “lost to follow”…meaning, DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery,” she said. “These will continue to stay on the active case list until DSHS notifies us otherwise.”
On Thursday, DSHS reported 5,996 new confirmed cases with more than 32,000 cases added to the state total in the week from June 19 through Thursday, June 25, officials said.
As of Thursday the state reported 131,917 cumulative confirmed cases.
DSHS also reported 47 new fatalities connected to COVID-19 on Thursday, pushing the total number of related deaths to 2,296.
CUMULATIVE SHELBY COUNTY CASES BY ZIP CODE
ACTIVE CASES BY ZIP CODE:
AGES # of Cases DEATHS
41-60.… 84 4
61-80.… 46 3
81-10... 26 1
Incident Rate/ # of cases per 1,000 population
San Augustine County 12.02
Shelby County 10.3
Panola County (Carthage) 8.14
Nacogdoches County (Nac) 5.62
Angelina County (Lufkin) 4.92
Rusk County (Henderson) 4.97
Harrison County (Marshall) 4.12
Gregg County (Longview) 2.51
Smith County (Tyler) 1.79
Texas Average 4.44
Gov. Abbott issues new executive order on Friday
Governor Greg Abbott on Friday issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action.
The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott
“At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”