Press Release 7-6-2020
From: County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, Mayor Shannon Thomason, and Howard County Emergency Management
Re: COVID-19 Update
As of July 6, 2020, Howard County and the City of Big Spring have twenty (20) active cases of COVID-19. Based on the provisions of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, we are subject to the statewide requirement to wear a face mask or facial covering while in public. This includes retail establishments as well as outdoor public areas where it is not possible to social distance. We understand some members of the community feel face coverings are an inconvenience or unnecessary, but by using them in public, we are saving lives and we are saving our economy by doing our part to help our local businesses, big and small, to remain open.
Howard County Emergency Management also calls on all residents and visitors to avoid social gatherings due to the danger of spreading COVID-19. Our community is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of positive cases and emergency management is working diligently to contain the spread. We are concerned the number of positive cases will continue to rise if residents do not adhere to the recommended safety guidelines. Everyone has a part to
play in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the disease.
The simple actions of wearing required face coverings, maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. These extraordinary times call for even more extraordinary efforts. We hope residents take our message to heart and follow the necessary steps to protect their families and our community. Working together we can reverse this trend and keep Big Spring and Howard county citizens safe.
Executive Order GA-29 does make allowances for certain exceptions to wearing a face covering or mask. While Howard County and the City of Big Spring encourages everyone to wear a face covering, anyone not wearing a face covering will be assumed to be exercising one or more of the exceptions to the Order.