County confirms three new cases of COVID-19

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Posted 6/22/20

Madison County authorities announced Monday they have confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, raising the official total to 24. According to an alert from the county’s emergency management department, the latest cases involve a male aged 40-49 in the 77831 area code, a female aged 20-29 in the 77864 area code and a male aged 70-79. No area code was provided for the final individual listed.

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County confirms three new cases of COVID-19

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Madison County authorities announced Monday they have confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, raising the official total to 24. According to an alert from the county’s emergency management department, the latest cases involve a male aged 40-49 in the 77831 area code, a female aged 20-29 in the 77864 area code and a male aged 70-79. No area code was provided for the final individual listed.

The Ferguson Unit has reported no new cases.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned at a Monday news conference that the state may have to consider more measures if the spread of the virus continues at current rates.

He was joined by Dr. John Hellersted, his medical point person for the pandemic and head of the Texas Department of State Health Services, physician and former state Rep. John Zerwas, who is executive vice chancellor for health affairs of the University of Texas System and an Abbott adviser, and Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Behind them were large charts showing trend lines for hospitalization, daily new cases and the positivity rate. All showed a flattening until about Memorial Day. Then came spikes on all three charts.

"To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas," Abbott said, adding later “If those spikes continue, additional measures are going to be necessary.”

But he said he has no immediate plans for a second shutdown of businesses, saying “Closing down Texas again will always be the last option.”

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