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Coronavirus update: Young and Eastland counties report cases; scams and cons popping up

Coronavirus update: Young and Eastland counties report cases; scams and cons popping up
March 25
11:40 2020

As of Tuesday, March 24, Stephens Memorial Hospital was reporting that 10 COVID-19 tests had been sent to labs from Stephens County. The results of two tests have been returned as negative for the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. The remaining eight tests are still pending.

Tuesday evening, Graham Regional Medical Center reported that Young County has had its first confirmed positive case. And, the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that Eastland and Brown counties have two confirmed cases each. Additionally, Erath and Parker counties each have one confirmed case. Dallas County now has 247 confirmed cases, including 78 that were confirmed this morning.

In Young County, there have reportedly been 28 tests and 13 are still pending.

“Pandemics have a lifecycle, and we feel we are in the early stages of that curve going up, and every day we spend following the CDC  recommendations of social distancing, adhering to the shelter-in-place order and the other preventative measures we laid out, will help flatten that curve, not only for our area and our state, but it will make a big difference on how we get back on our feet and get our economy going again,” Stephens County Judge Michael Roach said Tuesday evening, following the announcement of Young County’s confirmed case. “This is not going to last forever. What we do now is important, and at some point, those social distancing (practices) won’t have the value they do today, and we can move on with caring for those who are sick and getting on with the business of life. But, right now, it is so crucial we make a difference every single day.

In addition to observing the shelter-in-place order and knowing of the symptoms of the virus, local citizens also need to be aware of coronavirus-related scams and cons that some people are trying to pull off.

Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt warned of fraudulent calls, texts and emails offering money or other assistance. If you or someone you know needs help getting groceries or other household items or needs information about the coronavirus, call the local help line at 254-559-2295. For more information about the help line, click here to read the Breckenridge Texan article. 

For all of the local news related to the coronavirus, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan’s Coronavirus News page.


Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

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