Texarkana COVID-19 Update Tuesday, April 28


Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 94 positive COVID-19 cases, with 47 recoveries and eight related deaths. Cass County has a total of 16 with 8 recovered.

Miller County, Arkansas is reporting 34 cases with 16 recoveries.

The Emergency Operations Center has teamed up with the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce to publish a Business Survey to gauge Economic Impact. All businesses in Bowie County are invited to submit a survey, to report positive or negative impacts to their business. The deadline is May 12, 2020 and the survey can be accessed here.

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, including patients hospitalized and recovered. More data will be reported as it becomes available.

Governor Greg Abbott announced yesterday the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. The Governor also outlined special guidance for Texans over 65 and detailed a comprehensive mitigation plan for nursing homes in Texas.

The Governor also announced a statewide testing and tracing program developed by DSHS that will help public health officials quickly identify and test Texans who contract COVID-19 and mitigate further spread of the virus.

By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are permitted to reopen on Friday, May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed. The Governor’s Report to Open Texas, protocols for re-opening, and the Executive Orders can be found here: http://coronatxk.org/679/Executive-Orders-related-to-COVID-19

As a reminder, the following local restrictions are still in place for Texas:

  • 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

Businesses seeking information on capacity to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders can contact the Emergency Operations Center at (903) 255-5560.

The latest local information and updates can all be found at www.coronatxk.org. The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will announce upcoming Decision Dates starting tomorrow; With May 4 the target date to begin lifting restrictions, the following announcement dates for directives on the following businesses & groups.

  • April 29 – Restaurants Decision
  • April 30 – Gyms Decision
  • May 1 – Beauty and Barber Salon Decision
  • May 4- Places of Worship & Larger venue Decision

The above are NOT opening dates, rather the announcement date for directives.


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