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Time to up precautionary protocols as COVID-19 cases besiege Texarkana region

by From Staff Reports | January 11, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA -- Confirmed COVID cases are on the rise in Bowie County, Texas, with the state of Texas reporting 1,155 current active cases in Bowie County according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Local official are asking members of the community to take proper precautions to maintain health amidst a sharp spike in cases.

The rise of cases puts stress on the local health care system.

"We are working hard to maintain options for testing and keep the infusion center open here in our community," said Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell, "but the infusion center, and testing centers both have limited capacity."

He said it is time "to take all precautions possible."

Mayor Bob Bruggeman says testing is available via your primary care physician, local pharmacies and clinics, and the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center at 902 W. 12th Street, Texarkana, Texas.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, hand-washing and social distancing is important, said Dr. Matt Young, the local health authority. Masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible, and if symptoms are present or if an individual tests positive, they should avoid contact with others.

Cases in Miller County continue to climb also, according to the Miller County Office of Emergency Management. The risk level is considered "very high" and Miller County is ranked 16th among Arkansas' 75 counties, according to the Office of Emergency Management.

At home test kits are available in Miller County at Bridging the Gap, 4425 Jefferson Ave., Miller County Health Unit at 503 Walnut St. as well as the Texarkana Library. More kits are expected to arrive this week.

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