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Posted on: June 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 6/26 COVID-19 Update


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COVID-19 Hotline Information

A DSHS COVID-19 Call Center was established and an email box created to receive incoming questions from the general public.


DSHS COVID-19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779

Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

COVID-19 Update - June 26th

On June 26th, 2020, Governor Abbott released Executive Order GA-28 which outlines important information regarding masks for the State of Texas.

 As stated in GA-28, Governor Abbott highlights that “Nothing in this executive order or the DSHS minimum standards precludes requiring a customer to follow additional hygiene measures when obtaining services. Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.”

Even though Governor Abbott has not imposed a statewide mandatory rule for face coverings, his administration has asked that each county office make decisions that best fit their current situation.

While COVID-19 is still present in the Ellis County community, Ellis County is not dealing with dense populations and higher risk of spread that urban counties have to face . In order to protect the public health, the Mayors and City Leaders have the resources and authority to propose precautionary measures as they see necessary. We are relying on our community to come together during this time and take proactive measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

The Office of Emergency Management and local health authorities recommend the wearing of masks while in public places and large gatherings, physical distancing, and sanitization to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 in Ellis County:

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) data dashboard, there are 684 total cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. We understand that the past three days of reporting on cases have not changed. In order to uphold transparency with Ellis County citizens, we are documenting all reports from DSHS and are looking into the lack of changing numbers.

Cases: 684

Active: 284

Fatalities: 19

Recoveries: 381

Tests: 9,287


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