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Area closures, changes

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With the recent developments in the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, many businesses, schools, public entities and the hospital have announced cancellations and restrictions.

According the CDC, there are currently 54,435 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 974 current cases in Texas. None have been reported in Stephens County.

All Texas schools have been closed through Friday, April 3.

Ranger College is suspending all face-to-face classes, including the Child Development Center, until Wednesday, March 18, and will resume classes online. All faculty and staff will report to work on Monday, March 16 to prepare for online course delivery. For students enrolled in a workforce program, additional information will be sent to you by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. All Ranger College activities and events remain canceled until further notice.

TSTC is extending spring break through Sunday, March 29 for all TSTC campuses. At this time it is expected that face-to-face classes will resume on Monday, March 30.

All UIL interscholastic activities (contests, rehearsals, practices and workouts) are suspended until further notice.

Stephens Memorial Hospital announced temporary changes to their operations. Anyone presenting to the Emergency Department will be subject to screening before entering the facility. A nurse will triage the patient for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with anyone accompanying the patient. Urgent Care and Outpatient services will continue to operate normally, with the exception of the same screening procedures being used in the ER. Hospital visiting hours will be limited to 4-7 p.m., with a maximum of 2 visitors per room. All visitors will be subject to screening. Any patients suspected of having COVID-19 will be isolated and tested. Test results will take between 3 to 4 days to receive. Breckenridge Medical Center will continue to operate as normal, with additional screening questions added when patients call or present to the clinic. SMH recommends anyone experiencing mild symptoms of a respiratory-type illness to contact your primary care provider or to call the hospital to discuss options for care. Mild respiratory symptoms can be treated at home. If you experience symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, then seek medical treatment immediately.

Stephens Memorial Hospital also announced changes to their Physical Therapy & Wellness Center. Effective Wednesday, March 18, they will only be seeing scheduled patients (Cardiac, Pulmonary, and Physical Therapy). The Wellness portion of their facility will be closed. In addition, all scheduled patients will enter through the front entrance at 202 S. Hartford, in Breckenridge, and be subject to a screening before being treated.

The 90th Judicial District Court of Young and Stephens Counties has canceled all criminal cases scheduled for Thursday, March 19, in Stephens County. Defendants do not have to appear. Civil cases will proceed, as scheduled.

The Stephens County Jail has suspended all inmate visitation until further notice.


Breckenridge Frontier Days and Breckenridge Idol have been canceled.

Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce has canceled its Spring Fling Shopping Event.

The Breckenridge Library canceled its book sale, originally scheduled for March 20 and 21. The library will also be closed through Thursday, March 19.

At the request of the ACU Theatre Department, The National Theatre of Breckenridge has canceled their performance of “One Night Only.” The show was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21.

From Stephens County Emergency Management: Per the advice of Dr. Prater, Stephens County’s Public Health Authority, please call your doctor’s office if you feel you have the Flu or COVID-19. The doctor’s office has qualified professionals who can screen you over the phone and determine the appropriate course of action. Please, do not show up unannounced if you feel sick. This action puts everyone at risk for exposure if you are indeed infected. Obviously, if you’re in distress or if the situation is a true emergency, please take the appropriate action.

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