Coryell County COVID-19 cases reach 75
By LYNETTE SOWELL
On Saturday, the count of positive COVID-19 cases in Coryell County reached 75, with four more added to the numbers.
Two of the cases are TDCJ offenders, and two live in the Gatesville area, an male and female in their 30s, according to Bob Harrell, Coryell County Emergency Management Coordinator.
A female between the ages of 10-19 in Copperas Cove also tested positive for the virus as announced on Friday by Copperas Cove’s Deputy Fire Chief/EMC Gary Young.
There are 18,260 positive cases in Texas, with 453 fatalities, and 4,806 patients recovered, as of Saturday’s update by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
So far, 176,239 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 in the state. Nationwide, there are 690,714 positive cases and 35,443 fatalities according to the Centers for Disease Control on Saturday.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Friday, which will allow Texas state parks to open on Monday, April 20. Visitors must wear face coverings, keep a 6-foot distance from people outside their group, and there can't be gatherings larger than five people.
On Friday, April 24, retail outlets may reopen to offer "retail-to-go" — meaning the stores can make deliveries to customers' cars outside their location or to customers' homes. These retail stores are not considered “essential services” and had been closed for business due to the governor’s executive order GA-14. Schools and places of higher education must remain closed through the end of the spring semester.