Friends.... here's your COVID-19 update for Bowie and surrounding counties.

As of yesterday Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reported a total of 112 positive COVID-19 cases, with 73 recoveries and 11 related deaths. Cass County has a total of 21 with 18 recovered. Miller County, Ark. is reporting 42 cases, 35 recoveries, and 1 death.

Bowie Count and Miller County residents are still held to the executive orders set by Governor Abbott and the guidelines of the CDC for social distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing.

Governor About announced last week that gyms and exercise facilities will be able to reopen with 25% capacity effective May 18, 2020. Initial restrictions include: showers and locker rooms remaining closed, requirements for customers to wear gloves covering their whole hand, and the disinfection of all equipment after each use. In addition, any equipment bought must be sanitized before and after use.

The latest local information and updates can all be found at www.coronatxk.org. The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.