County steady at eight cases

Posted 5/26/20

Madison County is awaiting the results of 44 diagnostic tests for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, but the total confirmed cases in the county in the last week went unchanged at eight, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts.

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County steady at eight cases

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Madison County is awaiting the results of 44 diagnostic tests for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, but the total confirmed cases in the county in the last week went unchanged at eight, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts.

Butts said there have been 180 tests initiated in the county, up 48 from the week before. The Texas Department of State Health Services performed another round of drive-thru testing in the county Thursday at the Lake Madison Lake House.

Though originally guidance from the state said results of tests would take 24 to 48 hours, that number has now moved to 96 hours or more as testing has increased, Butts said.

Butts herself received a test for the virus and didn’t get results for seven days.

“That’s a long time to wait when you don’t know,” she said.

As of Monday afternoon, DSHS reported 22,662 active cases in Texas, with 55,971 reported cases, up from 48,693 a week earlier.

There were 623 new cases reported on Monday, the second consecutive day under 1,000 new daily cases.

Bars, bowling alleys and other facilities were allowed to reopen for the first time since early March to kick off the Memorial Day weekend, though with occupancy limited to 25%.

Texas may already be eyeing a future without occupancy limits, however. President Donald Trump threatened in a series of tweets Monday morning to pull the Aug. 24-27 annual GOP convention from Charlotte, North Carolina unless Gov. Roy Cooper will guarantee the state will be fully open by then. If Cooper refuses to ensure that, Trump said the party would seek other states.

Vice President Mike Pence said in a Fox News interview Monday that Texas, Florida and Georgia are among the states the Republican Party would consider if North Carolina doesn’t remain an option.

In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman Monday, Texas Republican Party Chair James Dickey said state would gladly host the Republican National Convention if North Carolina can’t guarantee full occupancy.

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