Coryell County COVID-19 cases remain at 75
By LYNETTE SOWELL
On Saturday, the count of positive COVID-19 cases in Coryell County reached 75, with four more positive cases.
Two cases are TDCJ offenders, and two live in the Gatesville area, a 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.
As of Monday’s update by the Texas Department of State Health Services shortly before noon, Coryell County’s numbers held steady at 75 positive cases, with no new positive cases reported at that time.
Positive cases in the state of Texas overall reached 19,458, with 495 fatalities, and an estimated 5,706 patients recovered, according to Texas DSHS. There are 1,411 presently being treated for COVID-19 in Texas hospitals.
So far, 190,394 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 in the state. Nationwide, as of Monday noon there were 746,625 positive cases and 39,083 fatalities according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Friday, which allowed Texas state parks to reopen on Monday. 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” — which means 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.