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A ninth Lamar County resident and a second Fannin County resident have passed away as a result of Covid-19, officials in both counties reported.

Lamar County’s ninth virus-related death is the seventh associated with the Paris Healthcare Center outbreak first reported April 26. Fifty-four confirmed cases of infection were discovered at the nursing home, and subsequent testing showed the virus was in two other Paris care centers, Brentwood Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Stillhouse Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

The latest death was reported Monday evening at the same time the Paris-Lamar County Health District announced the total case count since testing began in March reached 122. That includes 33 recoveries, health district director Gina Prestridge said. Six more cases were reported Monday, including four men ages 29, 30, 34 and 58 and two women, both 66 years old.

Seven cases are travel related, while 115 are community spread, Prestridge said.

County residents between the ages of 60 and 69 are the most impacted with 33 cases in the group, according to the health district. The second most impacted age group are those 40 to 49 years old with 17 infections. That’s followed by 16 infections in each group of those age 30 to 39, 50 to 59 and 70 to 79, the health district reports.

In all, 49 men and 73 women in Lamar County have contracted the virus.

Fannin County reports 2nd virus death

A second person in Fannin County has died as a result of contracting the novel coronavirus, officials reported Monday.

A 76-year-old Trenton man succumbed to the disease May 11. His case was first reported on April 30, according to the Department of Emergency Management.

Fannin County previously reported the death of a 77-year-old man as a result of the virus.

The county has a total case count of 29 since testing began in March, with at least 14 recoveries, officials said. A 76-year-old woman recovered from the virus and returned home, but she continues to require oxygen. Before her illness, she was regularly walking several miles a week for exercise.

As of Saturday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 500 to 600 tests have been completed in Fannin County. More than 200 collections have been made by local physicians on their private patients.

In two mobile testing centers, 59 tests were performed with mostly Fannin County residents. In late March, 36 tests were done by the state on employees and residents of Seven Oaks Nursing Home and another large number of tests were collected at Clyde Cosper State Veteran’s Home earlier this month. The state health department completed 164 tests in early May on the VA Nursing Home as well.

“The VA tested several employees over the past month and, last week, targeted testing was done at the Fannin County Jail after an inmate was found to have Covid-19,” County Health Authority Dr. James Froelich III said. “Testing at both the Buster Cole State Jail and the Choice Moore State Prison have been ongoing. An unknown number of tests have been collected through TMC-Bonham lab and ER, and a large (and difficult to estimate) number of tests have been collected from Fannin County citizens who had testing done by doctors outside of the county.

As Texas reopens more businesses to the public, Froelich warned against giving up safety precautions, and he thanked the hard work done by individuals and first responders.

“Citizens, please do not relax your guard prematurely as Texans transition back to normal. Thank you to all Fannin residents who have made efforts to protect your fellow citizens. Special thanks to our brave first responders, medical personnel and health care workers. Keep up the great work,” Froelich said.

Red River County reports 36 cases

Red River County has reported its 36th Covid-19 case since testing began in March.

“We got one yesterday,” County Judge L.D. Williamson said Monday, adding the complete results of last week’s drive-thru testing have not all come back yet. “We thought we had (all of the tests back), but one gentleman called me saying he hadn’t gotten his yet.”

After a virus case was found in Clarksville Nursing Center, the other nursing home in Clarksville, Focused Care, also was tested this week, the judge said.

“We had the other nursing home tested on Sunday, so we haven’t gotten those back yet,” he said.

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6960 or klark.byrd@theparisnews.com.

Managing Editor

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News and the editor of Paris Life Magazine. He resides in Paris with his wife, Krystle, and their three children, Charlie, Annalise and Willow.

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