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NE Texas Coronavirus Cases, Public Orders

Mar 12, 2020

Information regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in Northeast Texas will be updated throughout the crisis.
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Here’s a county-by-county list detailing the COVID-19 situation in the greater KETR listening area. This information will be updated regularly.

Last update: April 5, 11:13 a.m.

Collin County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 256

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 2

Stay-at-home order: yes

Notes: Collin County issued an order that residents stay home except for essential purposes on March 24. But unlike the shelter-in-place orders in neighboring Dallas County, all Collin County businesses will be remaining open until further notice. In Dallas County, only certain businesses – including health care, food service, construction, and other services – are being allowed to operate.

“All businesses and all jobs and all workers are essential,” Collin County Judge Chris Hill said while announcing the order.

Most of the cases in Collin County have been reported in the metro Dallas suburbs west of U.S. Hwy. 75. No cases have been reported in Farmersville, Princeton, or the communities east of Lavon Lake.

Delta County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 0

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: none

Fannin County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 2

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: none

Notes: On March 18, county officials announced that a 64-year-old man had tested positive for the virus. The man says he could have been infected in Hawaii, Florida, or in Fannin County. The man is an employee of Renlita Custom Opening Solutions in Bonham, which has temporarily closed as a precautionary measure.

U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands locations, including Coffee Mill and Lake Crockett (East and West), have been closed. Bonham State Park has closed for reasons unrelated to the virus (major sewage system repairs underway).

Franklin County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 1

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: none

Hopkins County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 4

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: yes, beginning April 2

Notes: On March 24, 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 were released.

A second case was confirmed March 29 and a third case was confirmed March 30.

Hunt County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 8

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: yes

Notes: On March 24, Hunt County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray confirmed the first case of the virus in Hunt County.

"The patient is a 50-64 year old female from the southwest corner of the county,” Ray said. “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 March 28, officials said that a woman aged 18-30 in Commerce had the virus. She is said to be a university student who lives off-campus. On March 29, a man more than 65 years old who lives near Quinlan was confirmed to have the virus. On March 30, another man over 65 who lives near Farmersville was diagnosed with COVID-19.

On April 1, the county confirmed two more cases, a young woman in the Greenville area and a middle-aged man in the eastern part of the county. On April 2, a woman over 65 in the area near Farmersville and a man in his 30s or 40s in the Royse City area were confirmed as having the virus.

On April 3, the Herald-Banner reported that a worker from a Greenville children's clinic had tested positive for the virus. Here's a transcript from KETR's 5:18 p.m. newscast during All Things Considered:

In Greenville, the Herald Banner reports that a worker at a pediatric clinic has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The clinic in question is Carevide Pediatrics, located at 3005-A Joe Ramsey Boulevard., in a small medical center just west of the intersection of Joe Ramsey and Wesley Street. The Banner said that the company released a statement today saying that the employee was not symptomatic as of March 16, which is the last day the clinic says the employee worked on site. The statement said the worker sought testing at an unspecified location on March 27th and results later returned positive for COVID-19. Carevide says the clinic has been notifying patients and staff who might have come into contact with the employee and have advised a two-week self-quarantine. The statement also goes on to say, quote:

“Upon learning of the employee’s test results on April 1, Carevide’s facilities were disinfected and we remain open for the health care needs of our patients and community. In an effort to further protect patients who have isolated themselves at home, Carevide implemented Telemedicine capabilities last week after restrictions on the use of Telemedicine were lifted at both the state and federal level for federally qualified health centers.”

The statement was signed by Carevide Chief Executive Officer Michelle Carter.

Hunt County has published a FAQ detailing specifics of the current restrictions.

Kaufman County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 9

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: yes

Lamar County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 5

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: none

Notes: Lamar County Commissioners have discouraged nonessential activities, but stopped short of a shelter-in-place order such as issued in Hunt County.

On March 19, Lamar County confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19. Paris Mayor Steve Clifford a man returned from traveling abroad and immediately went into quarantine with family. No one in Paris was exposed to the person, Clifford said.

"Although this is good news, we must understand that there are almost certainly others in the Paris area who are infected with this virus," Clifford said. "It is extremely important that everyone follow the guidelines that have been established by state and local authorities."

Rains County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 0

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: none

Rockwall County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 11

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: yes

Notes: Rockwall County confirmed its first case on March 25.

One previously confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rowlett, orginally thought to be in Rockwall County, was later identified as being in the Dallas County portion of Rowlett.

Van Zandt County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 3

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 1

Stay-at-home order: none

Notes: Van Zandt County officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 on March 18, but did not release details.

Wood County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 1

Confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 0

Stay-at-home order: none

Notes: Wood County confirmed its first case on March 31.

Kevin Jefferies contributed to this report.