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Governor Abbott sets guidelines to reopen state

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Virus count reaches 13

Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference April 17 where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a “Retail-To-Go” model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosene d, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-‘20 academic year.

Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.

“Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans,” said Governor Abbott. “We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adopting safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of reopening Texas. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public and private sector leaders to achieve this mission. By coming together, we can get Texans back to work, practice safe standards that will prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we can overcome this pandemic.”

13 cases in VZC

As of April 20, 2020, the Northeast Public Health District has received confirmation of a positive case of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus.) The total count of those who have tested positive for the virus in VZC is 13.

The confirmed case is community spread.

VZC County Judge Don Kirkpatrick released the following statement:

“Now more than ever, you have the responsibility to keep yourself and your family safe. If you live in a city with a stay at home order issued by the mayor, please follow those orders. If you live in the county, please follow the orders set forth in the Proclamation I signed April 1, 2020. Everyone should continue to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, practice social distancing, cover your cough or sneeze, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and follow recommendations from local health officials.

If you feel you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider or call 211 for a testing location.

If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, be sure to call before going into your doctor or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.

General information regarding ways to mitigate myths of disease transmission are maintained at”+