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Texas governor lifts mandate on masks

Local health authorities urge continued caution

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the statewide mask mandate will be lifted, and Texas businesses will be allowed to operate at 100% of capacity after COVID-19 cases appear to be trending downward. His new executive order, EO GA-34, will go into effect next Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Local health authorities and the Bowie County/Texarkana Emergency Operations Center urge you to continue practicing healthy habits to protect our community against COVID-19. These practices include frequent hand washing, social distancing, sanitizing of heavily touched surfaces, and wearing face coverings when needed.

Locally, Texas DSHS has reported 180 new Bowie County cases in the past three weeks for a total of 4,555 positive COVID-19 cases, and 1,990 probable cases with 181 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 487 active cases currently in Bowie County.

Free lower-nasal swab COVID-19 testing is still available at the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center, 902 W. 12th Street, Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but faster service is available by registering online at http:/ Results will return in 2-3 days. For more information, call 877-862-4647.

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

139 E.N. Front Street
New Boston, Texas 75570