One new case reported Thursday, governor issues order on face coverings

Thursday, the Department of State Health Services reported one new Hockley County COVID-19 case involving a Levelland resident between the ages of 80 and 90. Governor Greg Abbott also issued an executive order  requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. This order includes Hockley County, where the case total is now at 57 confirmed cases.

The governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge said there were also five new recoveries reported by DSHS, Thursday. Of the 57 total confirmed cases in Hockley County, there are 24 active cases, 32 recoveries, and one death.

Judge Baldridge said DSHS had not reported any exposure sites or hospitalizations in its most recent update.

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