All quiet in week after second confirmed COVID-19 case in county

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Posted 4/21/20

Tuesday marked a week since the second confirmed case of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, showed up in Madison County and there have been no new cases confirmed since, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts.

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All quiet in week after second confirmed COVID-19 case in county

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Tuesday marked a week since the second confirmed case of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, showed up in Madison County and there have been no new cases confirmed since, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts.

Neighboring Houston County – the last remaining county in the area that had no confirmed cases – announced Friday, however, that there was one confirmed case and three reported cases of the virus in that county.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the number of new cases across Texas has been in decline since Thursday, with 535 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, down from 963 on Thursday. The highest daily total of new cases in the state so far was 1,441 on April 10.

Daily fatalities from the virus in Texas have fallen from 46 on April 15 to 18 on Monday.

The trend has prompted government officials to start looking at ending stay-at-home orders. Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced that schools will stay closed for the remainder of the academic year, but authorized some non-essential retailers to operate on a “Retail-To-Go” model and established a coalition of business, public and medical leaders to guide a phased opening of the state economy.

Abbott plans to issue further orders on Monday and in May.

"Because of the efforts by everyone to slow the spread, we're now beginning to see glimmers that the worst of COVID-19 may soon be behind us," Abbott said at a press conference Friday, noting that the number of infections is "beginning to level off" and the death toll, while tragic, has "not come close to the early, dire predictions."

According to City Manager Camilla Viator, the City of Madisonville has not yet discussed any reopening timeline for the city, awaiting further information from the state and county.

With all that said, we will follow the lead of the county,” she said via e-mail Tuesday. “After all, we are in the county.”

Some officials and citizens in Texas have been pushing for a relaxation of stay-at-home orders or even a complete lifting of them.

According to a story by the Texas Tribune, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News Channel Monday saying the restrictions are “crushing small businesses.”

“What I said when I was with you that night is there are more important things than living. And that’s saving this country for my children and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us,” Patrick said, the Texas Tribune reported. “I don’t want to die, nobody wants to die, but man we’ve got to take some risks and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”

The Texas Tribune contributed to this report

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