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Grayson County leader says pause on reopening won’t have local impact

Grayson County judge Bill Magers explains what the state pausing re-opening will mean for the county.
Grayson County judge Bill Magers explains what the state pausing re-opening will mean for the county.(KXII)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 8:17 AM CDT
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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday the state will pause reopening in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases statewide.

“The governor put a pause on reopening Texas and that really is not going to impact Grayson County because we haven’t had the issues that other cities and communities have,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said.

Abbott’s announcement means businesses that were allowed to open under previous phases will continue operating at their current occupancy levels. Under previous phases, restaurants were allowed to operate at 75% capacity and most other businesses, including bars can operate at 50%.

Magers said the county has 72 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, and the number of new COVID-19 cases is starting to decrease.

“We’ve had a couple of surges in the jail and in one of our industries but overall Grayson County has been very fortunate because people are following the rules,” Magers said.

This comes as the state reached record highs Wednesday with more than 5,500 new COVID-19 cases.

“It is going to slow down our opening because we’re going to abide by his guidance but it’s not a step back as it is in some counties,” Magers said.

Abbott ordered Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone elective surgeries.

“That has not impacted Grayson County whatsoever so our hospitals can continue to perform those surgeries,” Magers said.

Magers predicts Grayson County will continue to flatten the curve.

“I don’t think you’re going to see a spike in social spread like we’ve seen in other areas simply because we don’t have the population density of a larger city and that’s really where the problem is coming in in Texas,” Magers said.

Judge Magers encourages people to continue social distancing over the Fourth of July weekend.

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