This page is where you can find local news and public information pertaining to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)


NOTE: Moore County Journal has contacted local emergency officials and will post public information on this page as it becomes available. Below is a list of links to public information and websites published by local and state officials.

March 20, 2020 Moore County Disaster Declaration

Moore County Hospital District COVID-19 Information
Dumas Independent School District
Sunray Independent School District
Moore County
Moore County Emergency Management
City of Dumas
City of Sunray
City of Cactus
UIL Texas
Texas Health & Human Services (DSHS) Coronavirus News
Texas Health & Humas Services (DSHS) Coronavirus Information
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) COVID-19 Information
Johns Hopkins Interactive COVID-19 Map
How to spot and report price gouging
Texas Department of State Health Services Interactive COVID-19 Map

Coronavirus Related MCJ Article Timeline

Moore County Journal

Mar 28

Governor Mandates Certain Travelers Coming to Texas Must Self-Quarantine for 14 Days

The Texas Department of Public Safety released the following statement regarding Governor Abbott’s Executive order on March 26th. The order requires certain travelers who are making Texas their final destination to self-quarantine for 14 days.Advertisement AUSTIN – In response to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, DPS has added the required travel form and terms of…Read More

Mar 26

Continental Carbon Donates 400 N95 Masks to Hospital During COVID-19 Crisis

Vice President Mike Pence asked contractors, construction workers, dentists, and others to donate any extra N95 masks they had on hand to a local hospital. Due to high demand, the masks have been hard to find as supplies nationwide are being used up.Advertisement The Moore County Hospital District has also…Read More

Mar 25

Texas unemployment rate headed toward double digits, comptroller warns

After a low unemployment rate of 3.5% in January, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Tuesday the unemployment rate in Texas is on track to more than double that as the new coronavirus spreads.

Mar 25

State Health Services Reports over 13K Total Tests, Mostly From Private Labs

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 dashboard website reported on March 24, 2020, that a total of 13,235 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Texas. An interactive dashboard website is available to the public for the latest:

Mar 23

Moore County COVID-19 Press Conference March 23, 2020

Moore County officials from several agencies conducted a press conference on Monday March 23, 2020 to update the community on their current efforts and to respond to local media questions.Advertisement

Mar 22

Local Disaster Declaration Info

We have had questions about the restrictions under the current disaster declaration in Moore County. In general, don’t panic. This is NOT a shelter-in-place situation. You CAN leave your house and go places. The grocery store, retail shops, drive-through or pick-up restaurants, gas stations, and parks. It’s still a pretty…Read More

Mar 21

Sunray ISD Announces No Return to School Before August

As of 3/21/2020 SISD will not return to school before August 2020.

Mar 21

Gov. Greg Abbott moves to bolster number of practicing nurses

Gov. Abbott waives some nursing license regulations. The number of Texas cases increase 53% to 325

Mar 20

County Judge Declares Local State of Disaster Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

On Friday, March 13th President Trump and Governor Abbott both declared a disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This set off a chain of historic events that Texas and our nation has never seen before. One week later and the entire social and economic structure of our country has changed.…Read More

Mar 20

Moore County Hospital Could Use New Patient Care Wing in a Worst-Case Scenario

We have received numerous questions from readers about local issues concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are working to get answers and publish them to help keep the local community informed.Advertisement Here is a question we received and we reached out to the hospital to find out more. Moore County Journal…Read More

Mar 19

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans to avoid groups larger than 10; closes bars, gyms and restaurants for dine-in

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday took sweeping action to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus across Texas, closing restaurants and schools, among other things.

Mar 18

JBS Open and Operating at Full Capacity

The U.S. Government has identified the food supply chain as a critical infrastructure industry and the JBS plant in Cactus is operating at full capacity. They have implemented several measures to protect the health and well being of workers.Advertisement

Mar 18

Dumas ISD Extends Spring Break, Suspends Normal Operations Indefinitely and Will Provide Alternative Instruction Methods

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dumas ISD Board of Trustees held an emergency board meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss plans for school operations after spring break.Advertisement The board voted unanimously on a resolution delegating to the superintendent authority to make emergency modifications to district policies as needed, including…Read More

Mar 18

Moore County Hospital District Confirms Local Coronavirus Tests Have Been Performed, No Confirmed Cases To Date

Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) announced on Facebook and on its website that Coronavirus tests have been performed and those tests have come back negative. The number of tests performed or the hospital’s current testing capacity has not been released at this time.Advertisement MCHD officials say: “Just a reminder and…Read More

Mar 17

Sunray ISD Closing Campuses Until April 1st

Sunray ISD Superintendent Marshall Harrison announced on Facebook Live Tuesday night that Sunray is closing its campuses until April 1st due to Coronavirus concerns.Advertisement Details forthcoming. Watch the Sunray ISD website for details.

Mar 17

Moore County Justices of the Peace Issue Temporary Standing Order Regarding Coronavirus

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Barbara Mulanax released a temporary standing order Monday on behalf of Moore County Justices of the Peace which outlines several procedural changes made in order to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus.Advertisement The order states it will remain in effect unless the Governer issues a…Read More

Mar 17

Gov Abbott Activates Texas National Guard, State to Receive 15,000 Test Kits This Week

Tuesday before starting a conference call with hospitals across the state, Governor Abbott gave a brief COVID-19 update and announced he was fully activating the Texas National Guard to assist as needed. The Governor noted that no deployments were planned at this time and this was in order to prepare…Read More

Mar 17

While other states fighting coronavirus enforce widespread closures, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott goes with a patchwork system

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, states across the country are increasingly taking a more heavy-handed approach to contain the new strain of coronavirus — shuttering schools, bars and restaurants and deploying state militaries.

Mar 16

Texas STAAR test requirements waived due to coronavirus outbreak

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he would waive testing requirements for this year’s STAAR exam, as schools expect to be closed at least through April if not through the end of the year, due to coronavirus.

Mar 15

Many Texas schools could be closed through academic year due to coronavirus, education commissioner warns

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told school superintendents and lawmakers Sunday to be prepared for long-term school district closures, potentially through the end of the school year, especially in areas where the new coronavirus has spread.