Just hours after announcing the 25th case of confirmed COVID-19 in the county, Grayson County Health Department Director Amanda Ortez announced the 26th and 27th cases.

A written statement from Ortez said the patients are in their 50s and 60s and are both currently hospitalized in local hospitals. The newest confirmed cases are from Sherman and both have no history of travel.

One of the newest cases has had exposure to a confirmed case and the other has no known exposure. The GCHD Public Health Emergency Preparedness team are identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.

Any individuals identified as having close contact and having been exposed will be contacted directly by the GCHD.

The Grayson County Health Department will continue, in partnership with our community providers, to monitor and investigate COVID-19 within Grayson County. Grayson County will continue, and will encourage individuals, to follow preventative measures as recommended by President Trump, Governor Abbott, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

If you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 and have developed fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, call your healthcare provider. To prevent potential spread, please alert your provider before arriving to the provider’s office or emergency department.

It is important to practice social distancing and follow the Grayson County Health Department’s Isolation/Quarantine Orders. For facilities testing patients, when a positive result is received, they must promptly notify the Grayson County Health Department to ensure proper measures can be taken to limit the spread of the disease. The Grayson County Health Department’s (GDHD) 24/7 number for doctors to report positive cases to on a 24/7 basis is 903-821-5027. By law all testing must be reported to (GCHD).