TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 83 positive COVID-19 cases, with six related deaths. Cass County has a total of 13.
Bowie County is reporting that 34 people have recovered.
Miller County, Ark. is currently reporting 31 cases with 9 recoveries.
Telford Prison is now reporting 20 inmates as having COVID-19.
For a more detailed report, please visit www.coronatxk.org. The EOC is working with local healthcare providers to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, so more data will be reported as it becomes available.
Many calls have been coming in to the EOC seeking clarification regarding the Governor’s statements over the weekend in regards to “opening Texas back up”, and while officials and authorities in Texarkana are anxious to do that, it is important to remain cautious at this time. As a reminder, the following local restrictions are still in place:
- Bowie County Shelter-in-Place Order effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020
- City of Texarkana, Texas Curfew in place until further notice beginning at 10:00 p.m. and lasting until 6:00 a.m.
- Cass County Stay-at-Home Order effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020
- Various statewide restrictions issued by Governor Greg Abbott
Positive cases are also reported on the State of Texas Health and Human Services Department website but often there is a delay in reporting by the State. Our local Emergency Operations Center is working with healthcare providers and private testing centers, so often times positive cases are identified locally at the same time that the state is notified. Therefore, positive cases are delayed being posted to the state’s website. For this most up-to-date positive case count, visit http://coronatxk.org.
Inmates at Barry B. Telford Correctional Facility who test positive are NOT included in the Bowie County case numbers. The local Emergency Operations Center is working with the administration of the Telford unit to understand the emergency plans for the facility, but case counts are kept separately.
The Salvation Army has recently received many requests for food. To answer this call, the Salvation Army has opened a “Neighbor to Neighbor” drive thru donation intake / distribution center. This center opened today and will stay open as long as there is community support and a strong need. The center is located at the Family Store at 420 Walton Dr. Texarkana, Texas. Please note: The store will NOT be open for business. Those who are in need of food should call 870-774-2701. Some contact information will be required for participation, and a day/time to pick up food will be assigned.
It is important during this time to remember the need for blood is not diminished. Please continue to donate blood during this crisis, as accidents and emergencies are still happening, and the need for blood is still present. LifeShare Blood Center is relying on donors to visit its network of donor centers across Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. Each donor center is operating on extended hours due to the COVID-19 crisis. To schedule a donation, call (903) 794-3173.
There are several local resources for those in need of food. A list of those resources can be found here: https://harvestregionalfoodbank.org/food-assistance/
Cass County asks individuals who have tested positive, or their healthcare providers, to report positive cases to the Emergency Management Coordinator at (903) 796-7973.
This outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, reach out. You can visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html for more information, or call the Disaster Distress at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.