In Northeast Texas, Hopkins County's and Hunt County's first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were both announced late Tuesday morning. Each county has reported one case so far.
"One patient has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hunt County," Hunt County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray said in a statement. "The patient is a 50-64 year old female from the southwest corner of the County. The County Health Authority is investigating the case, including the patient’s close contacts and immediate relatives with whom the patient has had contact.”
On Monday, Hunt County officials issued a declaration of local disaster, including a shelter-in-place order, which will take effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Hopkins County's emergency management office confirmed that the first case of COVID-19 had been verified in Hopkins County. CHRISTUS Mother Francis Hospital CEO Paul Harvey said that the patient is self-isolating, the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram reported.
No further details about either case were available.
Elsewhere around the region, as of midday Tuesday, Collin County has reported 24 cases, including one death, of COVID-19, the respiratory illness resulting from the coronavirus. Fannin, Lamar, and Van Zandt counties have all reported one case each. Delta, Rains and Rockwall counties have not reported any cases of COVID-19.