Hours after County Judge Todd Little issued an order prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people, Ellis County has reported its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus, Little announced Tuesday night.
The patient is a Maypearl resident in her 70s who was recently admitted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital Waxahachie, according to a source. The woman was hospitalized to test for a stroke but later showed symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
The woman has apparently been released from the hospital and is quarantined at home with her family while others who may have been in contact with her are being sought by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The woman had no history of recent travel, meaning she likely contracted the virus in Ellis County.
“The immediate risk of transmission in Ellis County remains low,” Little said in a statement Tuesday night. “However, we are requesting the full support of every member of the county to come together and do their part to protect our families, our neighbors, and those most vulnerable within our communities. Ellis County has planned for this situation and has taken preventative actions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 in the community.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Little issued an order prohibiting large public and private community gatherings and urged residents to refrain from non-essential community gatherings in Ellis County. The order doesn’t include restaurants, grocery stores, retail establishments or essential services.
Little’s order is effective for seven days but can be extended for an additional 30 days by a full vote of the Ellis County Commissioners’ Court, which is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at the Ellis County Historic Courthouse.