• Stephens County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases
    Stephens County will stay at Stage 5 of the community health plan after Stephens County saw a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, as the Friday case count hits 44 active cases. The plan will keep in place face coverings, per GA-29, when inside a commerci

Stephens County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases

Stephens County has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, as the Friday, October 16 case count hits 44 active cases. County officials are asking that citizens follow health and safety protocols.

The news comes as Stephens Memorial Hospital’s daily updates continue to see an increase of COVID-19 cases around the community. As of Friday, October 16, Stephens County has 44 active cases after reporting 29 active cases within the Stephens County community on Sunday, October 11.

After beginning at just nine active cases on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29. COVID-19 cases dramatically increased on Wednesday, September 30, moving to 13 active cases, and by Friday, October 2, COVID-19 cases reached 18. An increase continued over that weekend, and by Sunday, October 4, Stephens County saw 23 active cases. The week of October 5, saw another fluctuation of cases as a few citizens were added as active cases and others were moved to the recovered list but remained with COVID symptoms.

The county saw a substantial increase for Friday, October 16, adding 13 new cases putting us at 46 active cases.

The increase keeps the county at Stage 5 of the restrictions category, Stephens County’s highest-ranking since Monday, July 20.

Stage 5 of the community health plan will require face coverings per GA-29 when inside a commercial entity or when outdoors, and social distancing isn’t feasible.

The plan will also require shelter in place for all high-risk community members. Travel outside of Stephens County will be strongly discouraged.

The increase of active cases moved Stephens County off the exempt last week, perGovernor Greg Abbott’s mask order in GA-29.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following on a statewide basis effective at 12:01 p.m. on July 3, 2020:

Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space. Wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:

1. any person younger than 10 years of age;

2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

3. Any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;

4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;

5. Any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;

6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face-covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal- care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;

7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;

8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged;

9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged;

10. any person while the person is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience.

The Breckenridge American will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breckenridge American


114 East Elm Street

PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

Phone: (254) 559-5412
Fax: (940) 228-0589