Masks for tests

Masks for tests

Texas A&M with Curative brought its COVID-19 testing van to Blinn College this week to provide Washington County residents the opportunity to receive a free COVID-19 test before traveling for Thanksgiving. Each person who got tested was offered a box of disposable masks to take home.

Positive cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Washington County. This week since Nov. 16, a total of 86 new cases were reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This brings the total cumulative case count to 907 positive cases with 171 active cases in Washington County as of Nov. 20. 53 people have died from the virus.

Community spread is a factor after a string of events such as Hot Nights, Cool Tunes, the Texas Arts and Music Festival, sporting events, school being back in session, Halloween and shopping events occurred in Washington County. On Oct. 31, Washington County qualified to opt out of Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate but had to reinforce it Nov. 9 once the county surpassed 30 new active cases.

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