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Mask Mandate Still in Effect for Gaines County

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Mask Mandate Still in Effect for Gaines County

There have been 45 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Gaines County since March, two of which were reported on July 13. According to South Plains Public Health District Executive Director Zack Holbrooks, 16 are currently active, 29 have recovered, and there have been no deaths.

On Thursday, July 2, while Texas continued as one of the significant COVID-19 hot spots in the country, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask mandate. The order requires Texans living in counties with more than 20 active coronavirus cases to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth while in a business or other building whenever social distancing is not possible.

When the mandate was issued, Gaines County had only 14 active cases of COVID-19, making the county exempt from the ruling. However, the number of active instances then climbed over 21, and the order to wear masks included Seminole and the rest of Gaines County.

Active cases locally have now dropped to 16, but the mandate is still in effect. The SPPHD reports that Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes will be able to apply for an exemption from the mandatory implementation of GA29 on August 12.