Active COVID-19 cases in Shelby County increase to 12

Tenaha ISD takes proactive measures; Timpson ISD reports no new cases for 10 days; Shelbyville has two football games cancelled

The Texas Department of State Health Services on Wednesday afternoon reported one additional confirmed case of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Shelby County, with the three new cases reported Tuesday that pushes the number of active cases to 12.

That figure was up from the eight active cases reported over the weekend locally. DHS said Shelby County has had 495 cumulative confirmed cases, 27 fatalities and an estimated 456 victim recoveries.

Statewide late Wednesday afternoon, DSHS reported 3,776 new cases bringing the state's total to 777,556 since records were began in March. The agency said 16,230 Texans have died with the cause of death attributed to COVID-19.

There were 119 additional COVID deaths in the state reported on Wednesday, DSHS said. The agency said there were 70,813 active cases as of Wednesday afternoon reported in Texas.

In other local news related to the pandemic:

Timpson ISD on Wednesday afternoon reported the district has had no new cases of COVID-19 in the entire district for a little more 10 days now. “It is appropriate that we should all say a great prayer of Thanksgiving to God who is responsible for this and pray that He continues to take care of us,” Supt. Mid Johnson said in a statement.


Shelbyville Dragons have had two football games cancelled this week. The first was with West Hardin originally scheduled for Friday. District officials scurried to find another game to plug in the Dragons' schedule and on Wednesday morning said they had scheduled a Thursday game in Madisonville against Sacred Heart. Then on Wednesday afternoon, Shelbyville officials announced that game was cancelled.

Tenaha High School on Tuesday began three days of remote learning through Oct. 8.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in light of the fact that there were multiple gatherings of members of various communities over the weekend, Tenaha High School students will be placed into remote instruction for the next 72 hours in an effort to monitor symptoms and prevent a potential surge of Covid-19.

At this time, there are two confirmed positive cases in the high school (one student, one staff) that have come to light after the weekend gatherings, but hardly an outbreak of any kind to cause a concern. 

The concern is prevention.  If state-wide trends tell us anything, it is that a second wave of Covid-19 infections is possible if not likely.  So, in light of the social gatherings of the weekend and the knowledge of new cases today, we feel it is in the best interest of all Tenaha High School students to engage in remote learning for a time long enough to evaluate symptoms and exposure from those gatherings. 

High School students will be required to log-in and complete class work on Google Classroom for these three days remotely.  Anyone who has device needs may come to the building to check out a chrome book from Ms. Jacobs tomorrow morning.  High School staff will be on hand in their classrooms conducting remote instruction throughout the day. 

Tenaha Middle School (Grades 5-8) and Tenaha Elementary (Grades PK-4) will carry on with school in a normal setting.  We do not have any reason to think any students on these campuses have a reasonable risk to exposure based on the data and information we have at this time. 

Tiger Football games vs. West Sabine on both Thursday and Friday night will continue as scheduled and Coach Jeremy Jenkins will be communicating practice times and expectations to the high school team. 

Again, this decision is made for two reasons:  1)  an overabundance of caution to get in front of any potential surge that may come with Covid-19 and recent social communal gatherings, and 2) in the event that students in substantial numbers begin to develop symptoms as the week progresses, we may have successfully been able to isolate exposure to just those effected students. 

Students at Tenaha High School will return to regular school on Friday, October 9 barring any new information that could arise. 

We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this might cause, but it was a part of our summer planning to be prepared for just this type of scenario and contingency.  Stay diligent and stay confident that together, we can all beat Covid and the disruptions it causes.

The Joaquin Rams football team played without three of their coaching staff on the sidelines this past Friday, Oct. 2, due to positive coronavirus cases. The Rams coaching staff was forced to prepare for and take on the Garrison Bulldogs shorthanded.

Making things even more difficult, among those missing was Head Coach Wade Lawson. Coach Lawson looked to Offensive Coordinator Jared Jones to fill in for him.

Joaquin ISD officials on Wednesday said they notifying all student families and staff members that one Joaquin ISD student was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The student was last on campus on October 5, 2020 and tested positive October 6, 2020. 

Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify him or her, officials said.

After careful review, we have determined that the COVID-19 positive student either did not come into contact with students, staff, or areas accessed by students or staff, or the student was wearing proper PPE and social distancing while on campus. JISD campuses and buses are sanitized daily to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Operations at Joaquin ISD will continue as usual, and we will keep you apprised of further updates.

Center ISD officials announced on Wednesday the Center High School campus has reported another positive case of COVID-19. In response to this occurrence, Center ISD has issued letters to parents, guardians and staff members regarding the cases. Once again, the information only states the positive case is an individual and does not identify as a student or staff member:

Center ISD received confirmation that an individual at Center Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on campus Monday, October 5, 2020.

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