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COMANCHE COUNTY, TEXAS-Comanche County Judge Stephanie L. Davis today affirmed and certified to the Texas Department of State Health Services that Comanche County has fewer than five active COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Greg Abbot issued Executive Order GA-18 allowing for certain businesses to open up on May 1, 2020 to 25% of of their listed occupancy. These businesses include retail store s, restaurants movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries. Governor Abbot also allowed that rural counties may, on an individual basis, increase capacity for those specific businesses if the County Judge certifies and affirms to the Texas Department of Health Services that the county has five or fewer COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases on April 30, 2020.

Governor Abbott's "Open Texas" plan has other standards in addition to the 5 or less confirmed case requirement that the County is required to meet. Judge Davis addressed each of the standards individually to affirm that the County is in compliance, and that Comanche County wishes to increase the capacities from 25% to 50% for dine -in restaurants, retail stores, museums and libraries.

The complete list of standards related to increased capacity is contained on pages 44-45 of the Governors Open Texas Report at: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/Open Texas-Report.pdf.

It is understood that if the County exceeds the threshold for COVID-19 cases or fails to meet any of the standard s, then the Governor could order the County to revert to 25% capacity for the businesses listed above, and the Governor may, by proclamation, return any county to the essential services-only level.

Comanche County's first positive case was confirmed on March 28, 2020. Over the next 33 days, the number of confirmed cases elevated to 4. Since then, it appears that residents of Comanche County have been mindful of the precautions and recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. There have been no new cases since April 17, 2020.

The  CDC  has issued  guidelines  on  how  to   help   prevent   the   spread   of  COVID-19.  Please  go  to  www.CDC.gov/coronavirus for more details on steps you can take to protect you and your family during these difficult times. For detailed information on the evolving COVID-19 situation please consult the Texas Department of State Health Services https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

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