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


Stated in the 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."


Additionally, 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.


"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," a news release stated.


According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) data dashboard, there are 684 total cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County. The past three days of reporting on cases have not changed, so 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.


Ellis County will be hosting a free mobile testing site on Tuesday June 30. All tests are by appointment only at 512-883-2400 or https://txcovidtest.org/. Eligible residents will drive to the testing location upon the time of the scheduled appointment and be notified by phone of the results.


Symptoms must be present to be eligible for testing, such as:


Fever and/or chills


Cough or Sore Throat


Fatigue


Body aches/muscle or joint pain


Shortness of Breath


Headaches


Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea


Nasal Congestion


Loss of Taste and/or Smell