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Posted on: July 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City and County Issue Simultaneous Proclamations Regarding Face Coverings in Response to Influx of C


City and County Issue Simultaneous Proclamations Regarding Face Coverings in Response

to Influx of Cases and Increased Testing

Voluntary Mask Order

In response to over 369 cases of COVID-19 in Nacogdoches County--37 of which have been

identified in the past four days, the County and City of Nacogdoches have issued simultaneous

proclamations asking citizens over the age of 10 to voluntarily wear face coverings over their

nose and mouth when within 6 feet of others not of their household.

Likewise, businesses are strongly encouraged to adopt voluntary policies regarding the wearing

of face coverings for employees and visitors patronizing businesses. Exceptions to this include

eating and drinking within food related businesses.

This voluntary compliance goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2020 and expires when

terminated or on July 8, 2020--whichever comes first.

“Governor Abbott issued an executive order on June 3 stating that local governments could not

impose fines or criminal penalties on people who don’t wear masks in public,” Mayor Shelley

Brophy said. “Although some may view it as an inconvenience or invasion, we ask that everyone

come together as a community to keep our citizens safe and our businesses open.”

Emergency management staff has and will continue to distribute information about wearing

masks in English and Spanish for local businesses to display, emphasizing the ever-growing

importance of face coverings. Signage for businesses are available for pick up at the

Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce at 2516 North St and can be downloaded at:

Questions regarding the proclamation may be directed to the COVID-19 call center at or 936.559.2510 9am-1pm Monday through Friday. The office will be closed

Friday, July 3, 2020.

Testing Details and Increased Testing

“We will continue to reconcile our local numbers to reflect ever-evolving information from

DSHS,” County Judge Greg Sowell said. “We have updated testing numbers which show many

more tests have been given in the community by private providers and in the past weeks than we

originally estimated.”

Emergency management staff has monitored COVID testing and test results on a daily basis with

a particular focus on any increased positive tests as well as hospital, ICU and ventilator capacity

in Nacogdoches and the region. Although as of a week ago our moving average was below 3 per

day, we are also keeping in mind that increased testing throughout the county is a significant

contributing factor to positive cases.

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