Grayson County commissioners Tuesday learned that the county has turned a corner on the COVID-19 front. GC Health Authority Dr. Jerry Bennett said the county has confirmed its first community spread case of the virus.


He explained that means the case can't be traced back either to a direct link to another person who tested positive to the virus or to travel outside the area.


So far, there have been 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county but all of those have been linked to either travel outside the county or to another person who tested positive for the virus.


Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez said the fact that there has been a community spread case of the virus means there will likely be more such cases in the future.


"Texas is expected to see its peak in late April early May, but only time will tell," Ortez said.


During the meeting Tuesday, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers praised county residents for abiding by the guidelines set out by the state and federal government to stop the spread of the virus. Ortez said she agrees that it does seem as though people in Grayson County are "making a sincere effort to flatten the curve on COVID-19," but added that there is always room for improvement.


County commissioners voted to continue the county's disaster declaration but Magers said Governor Greg Abbott is expected to make some announcements later in the week about just when and how the state will start trying to re start the economy and other aspects of life in Texas.


The Grayson County website shows that 391 people have been tested for the virus so far in Grayson County. Only 19 of those have tested positive for the virus. There have been no deaths related to the virus reported in the county. Twelve people have recovered from the virus and one remains hospitalized. Six people are currently recovering at home from the virus. In Texas there have been 13,906 cases reported and 287 deaths. There have been 133,326 people tested. State statistics show that 178 of the state's 254 counties have reported cases of confirmed COVID-19.


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