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Posted on: June 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Ellis County & Future COVID-19 Updates

COVID19

On March 17, 2020, The Texas Department of State Health Services Regions 2/3 reported the
first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Ellis County. Since then, COVID-19 updates have
been reported by DSHS and delivered to our Local Health Authority.

As of today, DSHS has notified the Ellis County Office of Emergency Management of a change in
the COVID-19 case reporting structure within DSHS Public Health Regions 2/3.

Due to the increasingly high volume of cases in the region and the transition to a statewide
system for contact investigation and contact tracing through the Texas Health Trace (THT)
web-based platform, DSHS will no longer be providing the daily COVID-19 case line lists
outlining cases within 49 counties across the region. THT will now conduct investigations for
COVID cases, rather than DSHS PHR 2/3 epidemiology staff.

DSHS states the THT web-based platform for contact investigation and contact tracing is
currently not able to generate county-level reports regarding the number of active cases within
each county or municipality, but functionality is continuing to be added.

For residents actively monitoring COVID-19 within Ellis County, the Office of Emergency
Management will no longer be able to provide breakdowns of COVID-19 cases by age, gender,
and jurisdiction due to this change in case reporting. DSHS recommends using their COVID-19
Texas Data Dashboard which includes cases over time by county and cumulative tests over time
by county for future updates, or their interactive map.

Ellis County will continue to provide additional updates as they are received locally. Please
remember COVID-19 still exists within our community. It is imperative that residents continue
to take precautionary actions to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Residents should wear masks while in public, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your
face, and practice physical distancing.

Todd Little,
Ellis County Judge & Emergency Management Director

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