On March 24 at 11 a.m., Hopkins County emergency management confirmed that the first case of the COVID-19 virus, also known as coronavirus, has been verified in Hopkins County. The patient received treatment, according to CHRISTUS Mother Francis CEO Paul Harvey, and is now being told to self-isolate in his home, Harvey said.
The emergency management team cannot confirm or deny whether the patient has had any outside or foreign travel, according to emergency management coordinator Andy Endsley. At this point, Endsley said, the Texas State Department of Health and Human Services will take over all matters related to the case.
Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom urged residents who experience symptoms including fever over 100.4 degrees that comes and goes, dry cough and trouble breathing to contact their physician.