Low case count eases restrictions on county businesses

Posted 5/5/20

Madison County remains on the low-end of Texas counties reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19. In fact, the number of cases actually dropped, when the Texas Department of State Health Services reassigned one of the county’s two cases to another county last week.

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Low case count eases restrictions on county businesses

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Madison County remains on the low-end of Texas counties reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19. In fact, the number of cases actually dropped, when the Texas Department of State Health Services reassigned one of the county’s two cases to another county last week.

According to Madison County Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts, 57 residents have received a diagnostic test for the virus, with the sole positive test now listed as “recovered.” State officials will return to the county today to perform more drive-thru testing at the MCISD bus barn.

On the order of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, businesses around the state began to re-open Monday, under certain guidelines. In most of the state, restaurants and other businesses are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity. With the single case of the virus in Madison County, businesses were allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

Other restrictions that originated during isolation orders have been eased or lifted.

On Monday, County Judge Tony Leago rescinded the curfew in Madison County as of 5 a.m. today. The curfew for the City of Madisonville will also expire at that time, according to City Manager Camilla Viator.

The curfew resulted from a rise in crime during isolation.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, among the crimes during the pandemic was the theft of 11 catalytic converters from cars being services by Henson Family Dealerships. The thefts, estimated at $3,000 each, occurred over weeks during isolation orders.

A curfew allows law enforcement officials to question anyone outside during the curfew period without first establishing probable cause.

In other reopening measures, the Texas Office of Court Administration issued guidance Tuesday that courts can resume jury trials and other non-essential proceedings in person beginning July 1. Under current orders only essential matters such as like criminal magistration and removal hearings for child protective services, have been allowed in person and only then if absolutely necessary.

Across the state, 216 of the 254 counties have confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a total of 33,369 confirmed cases and 906 resulting deaths, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The daily reported number of cases of the virus has been in decline since a spike on Saturday of 1,293. On Monday, there were 748 new confirmed cases.

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