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Posted on: March 19, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update from Joint Operations Center 3-19-20


At the time of this release, Bowie County has one confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The EOC is collecting data regarding patients who have been tested, and persons under investigations. We are asking local healthcare facilities to call in and notify EOC personnel of each potential case at (903) 255-5562.

According to Dr. Matt Young, the Local Health Authority, it is not recommended to seek out testing for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) unless an individual cannot manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter medications. If residents are feeling sick, they should not go outside their homes.

As a reminder, there have been no official restrictions or mandates to businesses or residents in our region.  Residents are asked to make their own decisions, adhere to CDC guidelines about social distancing, limiting group gatherings, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly. It is imperative that residents stay at home and practice social distancing (6 feet between all persons at all times). Children should be home from 7pm to 7am every day. School children should be at home during the day as well, to honor the spirit and purpose of school closures and activity cancellations.

Please help us spread the word that there have been telephone scammers preying on the elderly during this pandemic. As a reminder, do not give your personal information out over the phone for any reason.

Several local grocery stores and retail establishments have instituted policies to assist senior citizens with shopping and access to groceries they may need in a safe environment. Visit for a list of these stores and their provisions.

Arkansas Act 376 of 1997 prohibits business from price gouging during a state of emergency. The law prohibits businesses from charging more than 10 percent above the pre-disaster price of goods or services.

§17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, or the President by:

  • Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price;
  • Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity.

A list of closures and cancellations, the latest information and updates, and daily updates can all be found at The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.


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