May 31, 2020
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Harrison County reports 5 new COVID cases
Harrison County was notified on Saturday of five new COVID-19 cases, according to information released by Harrison County Judge Chad Sims.
Giving his daily 4 p.m. update, County Judge Chad Sims noted that of the 247 overall positive cases for the county, 80 have resulted in recoveries and 24 fatalities for a current total of 143 active cases.
From the Longview paper:
Gregg County recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 284.
Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne said all the new cases are community spread.
“That’s not good,” he said Saturday.
On Friday, the county reported 20 new cases, but 10 of those were connected to testing of Gregg County Jail inmates.
Browne said Friday that the county probably will see more cases “because of opening up.”
“That goes back to: opening up is OK, but you need to start protecting yourself.”
As of Friday, there were 44 COVID-19 hospitalized patients in the counties of Marion, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Shelby, Trinity, Gregg, Upshur, Cherokee, Freestone, Houston, Rains, Franklin, Van Zandt and the eastern portions of Anderson, Henderson, Smith, Wood and Camp, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Budget cuts in Longview: Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt has tasked each of his department heads to find 15% in cuts to their budgets amid revenue declines stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Some departments will not meet that, and some will exceed that,” he said. “And my hope is we cut a substantial amount from our budget.”
Stoudt said he made the decision to make cuts because “it’s just good business.” The 2020-21 budget will be smaller than a year ago because how business works is changing during the pandemic.
He said no furloughs or layoffs are planned, “but we are looking at open positions and whether to fill them or not.”
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