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The Paris-Lamar County Health District on Thursday reported two more positive Covid-19 cases, and officials said the number of people in quarantine at the request of the district had risen to 191.

Health district director Gina Prestridge previously said staff are asking anyone who calls and reports symptoms such as a fever or a cough to self quarantine in the interest of protecting the community because the health district currently cannot test for the new coronavirus. It will be able to test again when the State Health Department Tyler office get a supply of reagents needed for testing.

However, private providers can still test and must report positive cases to the health district.

Prestridge reported 20 total tests have been completed by the health department. Of the number, 18 returned negative with two confirmed cases. Both of those cases were travel-related, she said previously. A third confirmed case determined to be community transmission was reported by a private physicians’ office, she said March 27.

The mode of transmission in the two new cases has not yet been determined.

To help keep case counts low, government and health care officials ask residents to not gather in groups larger than 10; to stay at least 6 feet away from others; and to only leave home to visit essential businesses like grocery stores, and only to send one person from the household.

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

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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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