Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Local Information


Last Updated on August 23, 2021 – 12:35 PM CDT

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March 20, 2020 Moore County Disaster Declaration
April 2, 2020 Updated Moore County Disaster Declaration
April 21, 2020 Ammended Order Including Facial Coverings

Moore County Hospital District COVID-19 Information
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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) COVID-19 Information
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Coronavirus Related MCJ Article Timeline

Moore County Journal

Dec 07

With the federal vaccine mandate for health care workers halted, Texas nursing homes dodge furloughs and fines

The addition of vaccination mandates for nursing home workers is seen by many as one more burden for a struggling industry already squeezed by a shrinking workforce during this pandemic.

Sep 21

Gov. Greg Abbott and local officials are fighting several legal battles over mask mandates. Here’s what you need to know.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is locked in several pitched legal battles with cities, counties and school districts over their bids to require masks in public schools.

Aug 03

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Available at McDade Park

Moore County will be conducting a drive-thru testing clinic Monday through Friday from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. on the East side of McDade Park.

Mar 11

Unmasked: Across Texas, elation and caution as COVID-19 restrictions end after a year

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune: Read More Silvia Almaguer, left, and Luke Molitor have drinks at the bar inside Cosmo's Bar and Lounge in Dallas on Wednesday. Credit: Ben Torres for The Texas Tribune Roxanne Espinosa’s life changes today. For the last year, the 34-year-old mom has…Read More

Mar 09

Dumas ISD Board of Trustees Vote to Discontinue Required Face Masks

At their regular Board meeting on Monday, March 8th, the Dumas ISD Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to discontinue the required face mask regulation. The change will be effective starting March 11th, a day after Governor Abbott's executive order mandate expires. Dumas ISD Superintendent Monty Hysinger says all other TEA,…Read More

Mar 05

Debate ramps up at Texas Legislature over governor’s emergency powers during pandemic

By Cassandra Pollock, Patrick Svitek and Shawn Mulcahy For roughly the past year, Republicans and Democrats have picked apart the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — and particularly how Gov. Greg Abbott has wielded his power along the way. Now, with less than 90 days left in the 2021…Read More

Dec 29

Moore County Hospital Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipment

The Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) said Tuesday that they had received the first shipment of 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.

Dec 23

Moore County Health Authority Releases First COVID-19 Report

The Moore County Health Authority (MCHA) released it's first COVID-19 report on Wednesday afternoon via the Emergency Management Office. The report shows that Moore County has 63 active COVID-19 cases as of December 23, 2020. Dumas has 51 active cases while Sunray and Cactus each have 6 active cases. There…Read More

Dec 19

Moore County Awaits COVID-19 Vaccine

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released a list of locations due to receive the second round of COVID vaccine starting Monday, December 21st. It's part of the second phase of the largest national immunization program in American history. While several area towns are on the list,…Read More

Dec 02

Dr. Carmen Purl Appointed as Moore County Local Health Authority

Wednesday morning Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades swore in Dr. Carmen Purl as the first Local Health Authority (LHA) for Moore County. The move establishes a local structure that will oversee infectious diseases and public health issues within Moore County. In particular, dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Until now…Read More

Jul 17

Texas allocates $200 million in federal coronavirus funding (CARES) to e-Learning

Texas allocates $200 million in federal coronavirus funding (CARES) to eLearning for Texas students. Funds will go toward purchasing internet-capable devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning.

Jul 10

County Republican parties in Texas’ GOP strongholds say Gov. Greg Abbott going too far in coronavirus response

A growing number of Texas county Republican parties are censuring Gov. Greg Abbott over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, taking issue with how he has wielded his broad executive power.

Jun 16

Total COVID-19 Case Count Remains Flat, Active Cases Drop as Moore County Economy Opens

Moore County reported it's first COVID-19 case at the end of March and the active case count reached a peak of 363 on June 5th after test results from the JBS plant in Cactus were added to the totals. Since then the total case count for Moore County has remained…Read More

Jun 08

JBS Operating at Full Capacity After State COVID-19 Test Results Are Released

JBS announced on Monday that the Cactus plant is operating at full capacity and is also hiring both full-time & summer temporary production workers. The news comes after the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) included the JBS COVID-19 test results in their data last week. Getting to the…Read More

May 26

Governor Abbott Announces Additional Services And Activities That Can Open Under Phase II

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with…Read More

May 25

Moore County and Cities to Receive $1.1 Million in Combined Relief Funding Through CARES Act

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) is to be used to make payments for specified uses to states and local governments. The total CRF funding allocated to the state of Texas is approximately $11 billion according to the Texas Division…Read More

May 14

Active COVID-19 Cases Fall 17% in Last Week

Newly available data from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is giving us a better view of COVID-19 activity in Moore County. The data shows active cases went from zero to a peak of 332 in around 6 weeks time. The first case was on March 30th and…Read More

May 13

JBS to Allow State Health Department to Test Workers

Despite a growing coronavirus outbreak tied to the massive JBS Beef meatpacking plant north of Amarillo, the company has rejected the state's offer to test all of its employees.

May 12

DSHS COVID-19 Data for Moore County

This chart uses compiled data from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and MCHD. DISCLAIMER: All data are provisional and are subject to change.

May 07

Texas hair salons, barbershops and other beauty businesses can reopen Friday. Here are the rules they have to follow.

By Stacy Fernández - May 6, 2020 Various beauty services — including barbershops, salons and tanning beds — got the go-ahead from Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen Friday, with new rules outlined by the governor’s task force. The Tuesday announcement is the second phase of Texas’ reopening and comes 10…Read More

May 07

Texans could soon have to start looking for work to keep unemployment benefits if reopening continues

By Clare Proctor - May 6, 2020 The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission told lawmakers during a telephone briefing Wednesday that the agency is planning to require Texans to begin searching for work in order to keep their unemployment benefits once Gov. Greg Abbott begins allowing restaurants and…Read More

May 07

May 7, 2020, Moore County COVID-19 Stats

COVID-19 Stats for May 7, 2020 Source: Moore County Hospital District Source: Moore County Hospital District

Apr 30

April 30, 2020, Moore County COVID-19 Stats

Latest info about COVID-19 in Moore County. County Commissioners are meeting today (April 30, 2020) at 2 p.m. to discuss next steps for expiring disaster declaration. Gov Abbott mentioned Moore County in his press conference on April 27th. Gov Abbott mentioned Moore County in his press conference on April 27th.…Read More

Apr 29
Apr 28

JBS Invites Moore County Journal to Tour Plant, Shows COVID-19 Response Efforts

Tim Schellpeper, President of the JBS USA Beef Fed Group opened the Cactus plant to the media on Tuesday. The Moore County Journal toured the plant and had a chance to interview Mr. Schellpeper as well as Cactus plant manager Manny Guerrero. Below is a highlight video from the interview…Read More

Apr 27

Open Texas Resources

Gov. Abbott released his Open Texas plan on April 27th. We will be placing information and resources for local businesses, employees, and customers.

Apr 27

Governor Greg Abbott Open Texas Report Final Version

Governor Greg Abbott Open Texas Report Final Version

Apr 26

Rapid Rise in Moore County COVID-19 Cases

The Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) stated Saturday that another local resident has passed away due to the COVID-19 virus. This raises the Moore County virus fatality count to 3 as of Sunday afternoon. The total active cases are also at an all-time high of 163 while the recovery count…Read More

Apr 26

Gov. Greg Abbott promises far-reaching announcement on reopening Texas businesses, including restaurants, hair salons

Gov. Greg Abbott is soon expected to make an announcement about reopening a wide range of Texas businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, including restaurants, hair salons and retail outlets.

Apr 22

Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Associated with Cactus JBS Plant

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), There are 114 cases associated with the JBS Beef plant but not all of those cases are in Moore County. According to state health officials, JBS initiated a meeting with the DSHS Region 1 office last week because the company…Read More

Apr 22

State Opens COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site in Dumas

The State of Texas is setting up a drive-thru testing site in Dumas on Friday, April 24, 2020. To be eligible for testing, citizens must have one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include: Fever and/or chillsCough (Dry or Productive) FatigueBody aches/muscle or joint painShortness of BreathSore ThroatHeadachesNausea/Vomiting/DiarrheaNasal CongestionLoss of…Read More

Apr 22

COVID-19 – April 22, 2020

COVID-19 - April 22, 2020

Apr 21

Texas investigating meat processing plants over coronavirus outbreaks

State health officials confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating an outbreak of the new coronavirus at the JBS Beef packing plant in the Texas Panhandle, part of ongoing efforts to monitor major meat processing plants as the pandemic continues to threaten food supply chains.

Apr 21

Virus Count Reaches 139, County Amends Local Disaster Declaration to Require Facial Coverings

Moore County Commissioners Court Meeting April 21, 2020

The Moore County Commissioners Court voted 4-1 on Tuesday morning to amend the current local disaster declaration. The change will require the wearing of facial coverings while in certain public spaces. The dissenting vote was cast by commissioner Miles Mixon. Enforcement of the facial covering requirement would begin on April…Read More

Apr 17

UIL Suspends All Remaining 2019-2020 Spring Activities and State Championships

TEXAS UIL - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE With the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that all Texas schools are to remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of this school year, and in an effort to help protect the health and safety of Texans, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is…Read More

Apr 17

Governor Abbott Announces Plan to Re-Open Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans on Friday to re-open Texas. Abbott also issued several executive orders, one of which establishes a new strike force for re-opening the Texas economy. Here are a few highlights from the announcement. April 22 - Loosen current hospital restrictionsUpdate nursing home restrictionsRetail - All…Read More

Apr 16
Apr 15

Emergency Management, Local Officials, and Amarillo Health Dept Meet with Cactus JBS Plant Management

Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, Dumas Mayor Bob Brinkmann, and the Amarillo Public Health Department visit JBS plant in Cactus.

Apr 15
Apr 14

Moore County and State Virus Counts Contradict as New Testing Methods are Rolled Out

If you have been confused about the number of COVID-19 cases being reported for Moore County recently you are not alone. Hopefully, this will help make some sense out of what is happening. But, expect some confusion to continue.

Apr 14
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Apr 02

Local governments, already hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing a fresh budget threat: economic recession

Dumas Texas. Photo Credit: R. Brady

While city leaders in Texas are trying to slow down the novel coronavirus pandemic, their financial officers are already warning about the damage a new economic recession will have on local budgets.

Apr 02

County-Wide Youth Curfew in Effect Starting Friday Night

Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades issued an updated local disaster declaration which adds a curfew clause for any person 18 years of age or under and brings the previous declaration in line with Governor Abbotts state-wide declaration. Starting Friday, April 3rd at 10:00 p.m. the curfew will be in effect…Read More

Apr 01

Store Managers Assure Local Officials There is Not a Shortage of Food

Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, Dumas Mayor Bob Brinkmann, and Emergency Management officials met Tuesday afternoon with store managers from Lowes Supermarkets, United Supermarkets, and Walmart to discuss food supply levels. According to a statement released by the Moore County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEM), all three managers assured them…Read More

Mar 31

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans to “minimize” nonessential activity outside their homes

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday sought to get Texans to stay at home for the next month to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, issuing an order that says they must "minimize" social gatherings and in-person contact with people outside their homes unless they are taking part in "essential"…Read More

Mar 30

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Moore County

Moore County officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Monday morning. According to a statement released by the Moore County Hospital District (MCHD), the person recently returned to Dumas from "a current United States COVID-19 hot spot" and is currently in quarantine along with those whom the person…Read More

Mar 29

Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic, while announcing the state's first pop-up hospital to deal with the crisis. He also said he was moving to "stop the release of dangerous felons" amid the outbreak.

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. 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. 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.

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 have 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Mar 15

Moore County Hospital Outlines Lockdown Specifics

NOTE: The following information was released by the Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) and was available on their website as of March 15, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. and is subject to change. For more information please visit their COVID-19 website page. Since there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in…Read More

Mar 15

Moore County School Districts Plan Normal March 23 Spring Break Return Date

At this time, Dumas and Sunray schools have said they plan on resuming class on March 23rd following spring break. We will monitor this and let you know if that changes. Related Links: Dumas ISD WebsiteSunray ISD Website

Mar 13

All UIL Contests Suspended Due to COVID-19

AUSTIN — To support the health and safety of our students and communities, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is suspending all UIL sanctioned contests due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Texas. Effective March 16, all UIL interscholastic competition is suspended through March 29.  Rehearsals and practices may be…Read More

Mar 13

DISD Superintendent Outlines Coronavirus Efforts

Dumas ISD superintendent Monty Hysinger released a statement via Facebook on Friday addressing the district's current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) efforts. An important item to point out is that unless DISD is forced to adjust their plans, schools will resume after spring break as planned on Monday, March 23rd. Read the full…Read More

Mar 13

Moore County Hospital District on Lock Down Amid COVID-19 Concerns

UPDATED: March 15, 2020, at 12:54 p.m. Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) officials announced Friday on Facebook that they are locking down facilities. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area at this time, MCHD is currently in the first phase of mitigation, which is the preparedness…Read More

Mar 13

Moore County Emergency Management Office Releases COVID-19 Information

Press Release - Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2:46 p.m. MCOEM_covid19_March13_2020Download As of Noon today, there are 39 active cases in the State of Texas. None of these cases are located in the Panhandle of Texas. There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory…Read More

Mar 13

Texas governor declares statewide emergency, says state will soon be able to test thousands

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday declared that the new coronavirus is a statewide public health disaster and said that Texas is on the verge of being able to significantly ramp up its testing capacity.

Mar 12

Dumas ISD Currently at Level 1 Alert Status

Dumas ISD released information on their website that outlines specific steps they are taking in response to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades said on Thursday that the district currently is at a level 1 response. You can download the full DISD emergency plan document at the…Read More