Harrison County COVID-19 Update – 9 April 2020

[Marshall, Texas, April 9, 2020]

[Marshall, Texas] As our positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers increase, the Emergency Management Team of Harrison County and the City of Marshall agree that the release of more detailed information will not risk violating the resident’s privacy.

The following data represents Harrison County COVID-19 Testing reported to Marshall Harrison County Health District as of 4/9/2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Total Positive COVID-19 Cases in Harrison County              12*

City of Marshall Positive Cases                                                   6

Harrison County Positive Cases                                                  6

*The Overall Count includes one fatality

Harrison County Total Demographics with Age Range

Male – 7

Female – 5         

00-19 – 0

21-39 – 4

40-59 – 5

60+ – 3

The Marshall – Harrison County Health District confirmed that case #9 was a resident of another county. This discrepancy verifies the challenge for our Health District to report testing and cases. Therefore, Harrison County’s positive test result remains at twelve as there have been no new cases reported on April 9, 2020.

In order to safeguard our community from new cases, citizens are urged to follow all orders by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC), Executive Orders by Governor Greg Abbott and the City of Marshall First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease.

1.            Restrict physical contact and publicly used areas.

2.            Maintain Social Distancing with a safe distance of six (6’) feet between individuals.

3.            Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more per Executive Order of Governor Abbott.

4.            Residents should not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

5.            In accordance with the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. Residents may still utilize drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options through the Executive Order.

6.            Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

7.            Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

8.            If soap is not available, use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

9.            Avoid close contact with people who are sick. All persons should remain in the home if one person in the home exhibits symptoms.

10.          An essential errand should be conducted by only one adult from the household. All other family members should remain sheltered at home.

11.          CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask in public. The mask will fit snugly, be secured with ear loops, and be able to be laundered and machine dried often. A mask should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or unable to remove the mask without assistance. A mask with multiple layers of fabric should allow for breathing without restriction. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators as those critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

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