City of Marshall and Harrison County COVID-19 Second Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency
In a joint effort, the City of Marshall under the direction of Mayor Terri Brown and Harrison County under the authority of County Judge Chad Sims have today, both issued a Second Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease to extend the timeframe to safeguard our community from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under these amended orders, residents of the City of Marshall and Harrison County are still permitted to perform essential duties for their families; including obtaining medical supplies, visiting a health care provider, obtaining supplies they need to work from home, grocery shopping, engaging in outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing, and to perform work defined as an essential service. Citizens at a high risk of illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to remain in their residence except to receive medical care.
As of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020, the positive COVID-19 testing data includes:
Total Positive COVID-19 Cases in Harrison County 31*
City of Marshall Positive Cases 24
Harrison County Positive Cases 7
*The Overall Count includes two casualties.
Male – 12
Female – 19 Age 0-19 – 0
Age 20-39 – 9
Age 40-59 – 7
Age 60+ – 15
“We understand the increase in positive COVID 19 cases can be concerning to residents. A number of these positive cases were diagnosed as a result of previously reported positive case investigations. We urge residents to continue to stay home to reduce your risk of exposure,” stated Jennifer Hancock, Director of the Marshall – Harrison County Health District.
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, the City of Marshall City Commission approved an Ordinance consenting to the Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Proclaimed for the City of Marshall by the Mayor on March 31, 2020, and any Matters Incidental or Related to said Declaration.
On March 13, 2020, the City of Marshall suspended all events in city facilities and parks beginning March 16, 2020, and lasting until April 15, 2020. This safeguard included events at facilities, such as the Marshall Convention Center, Memorial City Hall, Marshall City Arena, Marshall Visual Arts Center, Marshall Main Street downtown, Community Centers and all-league events in parks.
As a further action, the City of Marshall implemented further modified operations for city facilities to protect the health of our staff, citizens, and visitors on March 17, 2020. The departments included the Water Billing Department, Municipal Court, Marshall Public Library, Oaklawn Golf Course and all Marshall city playground equipment.
On March 31, 2020, Harrison County Judge Chad Sims and City of Marshall Mayor Terri Brown confirmed the third diagnosed case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Harrison County. In response, Judge Sims and Mayor Brown are both issued Mandatory Shelter in Place orders effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020, until April 13, 2020, which has now been extended by today’s actions.
The City of Marshall Emergency Management Team will continue to meet with leaders from Harrison County, Marshall – Harrison County Health District, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System – Marshall, and City of Marshall leaders to monitor this fluid situation on an ongoing basis and provide notices to residents.
In order to safeguard our community from more cases, citizens are urged to follow all orders by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC), Executive Orders by Governor Greg Abbott, Harrison County, and the City of Marshall Second Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease.
1. Restrict physical contact and publicly used areas.
2. Maintain Social Distancing with a safe distance of six (6’) feet between individuals.
3. Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more per Executive Order of Governor Abbott.
4. Residents should not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
5. In accordance with the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. Residents may still utilize drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options through the Executive Order.
6. Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
7. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
8. If soap is not available, use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
9. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. All persons should remain in the home if one person in the home exhibits symptoms.
10. An essential errand should be conducted by only one adult from the household. All other family members should remain sheltered at home.
11. CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask in public. The mask will fit snugly, be secured with ear loops, and be able to be laundered and machine dried often. A mask should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or unable to remove the mask without assistance. A mask with multiple layers of fabric should allow for breathing without restriction. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators as those critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
Total testing data will be released on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, by the Marshall – Harrison County Health District.