Residents of Maypearl, Palmer, Waxahachie in home isolation

On Saturday, the Local Health Authority confirmed one additional case of COVID-19 in Ellis County, increasing the countywide total to three confirmed cases of the coronavirus. These cases are currently being monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS):

- A female resident of the city of Maypearl in home isolation after community spread.

- A male resident of the city of Palmer in home isolation after community spread.

- A male resident of the city of Waxahachie in home isolation after community spread.

"There is community spread of COVID-19 in Ellis County," the news release says from Todd Little, Ellis County Judge & Emergency Management Director. "Every person shall avoid all gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness for COVID-19 cases. These include symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, viral pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which can lead to permanent damage and or death. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. For more information on COVID-19 please visit: https://co.ellis.tx.us/948/2019-Novel-Coronavirus ."

Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order in relation to stemming the virus spread in Texas is effective now through 11:59 p.m. April 3.

All critical infrastructure shall remain open and continue providing essential services. Businesses are to implement policies allowing employees to work from home to eliminate the spread of COVID-19. Inside dining at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors is prohibited. Restaurants and other establishments are allowed to utilize drive-through, delivery, and pick-up options. People shall not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Schools throughout the state shall temporarily close through April 3.

For Abbott’s full order, visit: https://co.ellis.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/10959/COVID-19-JOINT-PDF-31920