Grayson County COVID-19 cases rise as Texas re-opens

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - As Texas continues to re-open in phases, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grayson County are on the rise.

"I think Governor Abbott summarized where we are best when he spoke on Monday, he said we have to learn how to coexist with the virus," Grayson County Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said.

Somers said going into Memorial Day weekend, people should still be cautious.

"We are still able to be with those who are in our household and family, and we can still do things to keep each other safe, I think everyone is learning new ways to operate," Somers said.

Somers said the confirmed positive cases from the testing done at industries like Tyson and Ruiz Foods, are only counted toward Grayson County numbers if they live in Grayson County.

"We've all learned how many people actually drive from the Metroplex up here to work, where we usually think it's the other way around," Somers said.

Somers said as of Monday, they have about 60 percent of the results in from the testing done at Tyson Foods through the state department of emergency management.

"You'll see those rolling into the numbers and at some time we'll have a full number but I hate just saying numbers while we're mid-work," Somers said.

The state-wide COVID-19 testing for nursing home patients and staff is supposed to be done by May 25th.

Somers said instead of taking firefighters away from their daily duties to do this testing, Grayson County managed to secure mobile testing teams instead... from the state department of emergency management and the National Guard.

"That way our firefighters can focus on their already over-loaded day of emergency medical services and firefighting," Somers said.

She said testing will be happening over the next week.