Archer County Judge Randy Jackson announced the county had 60 positive cases with seven of them being active in a press release Tuesday, Sept. 8. The county also reported its first COVID-19 related fatality.

The judge said the fatality was an 80 year old male who also had some underlying health issues.

As long as the county has less than 20 active cases it will remain exempt from GA-29 Order which mandates facial coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Windthorst ISD Superintendent Lonnie Hise confirmed the district had one employee and two students with active COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, Sept. 8. He added the individuals were waiting returns of another test before a potential return to the campus.

Archer City ISD Superintendent CD Knobloch said he was unaware of any COVID-19 cases in the district as of Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Holliday ISD Superintendent Cody Carrol said the district still has one active case in the high school.

Archer City Mayor Kelvin Green released a press release on

Sunday, Sept. 6, stating the town has had 10 cases to date with nine of them being listed as recovered.

According to a previous release from Jackson, when someone is tested, they are self-isolated until negative test results come back which can take two to five days or until they are seven days free of all symptoms.

The release adds a person who tests positive for COVID-19 is quarantined for two weeks and two negative tests are required for that person to return to work. Local Health Authorities, which is Doctor Aaron Purdy for Archer County, communicate with quarantined and isolated patients daily. Jackson said he speaks daily with Purdy’s Physician Assistant and the “county’s first line of defense” Dr. Randi Rowe.

The judge encouraged anybody feeling sick to see a physician for screening, possible testing and isolation protocol.

“We are so lucky to have Randi Rowe in Archer County,” Jackson said.

According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose or diarrhea.

According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 cases dashboard, Archer County has had 60 positive cases with an estimated 10 active cases of COVID-19 as of press time Tuesday. The state of Texas has had 640,370 positive cases reported with 13,492 deaths and an estimated 543,412 recoveries and an estimated 81,426 active cases.

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