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Van Zandt County reports first COVID-19 death in the area

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Kaufman County reports four cases of COVID-19, Henderson County one

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The first positive test for COVID-19 in Van Zandt County was reported March 18, a 47-year-old woman who died March 28 as a result of the virus. A second case was reported Sunday, March 29 by the Van Zandt County Judge who stated there was no evidence of community spread thus far.
On the heels of a Shelter-in-Place Order approved unanimously by Kaufman County Commissioners March 24, the county reported the first positive test results in the county. Kaufman County Emergency Coordinator Steve Howie told The Monitor the two people are Forney area residents in their 40s and quarantined at home. A third case was reported Monday, March 30 in the Crandall area and a fourth the same day in the Terrell area.
Henderson County reported its first case Sunday, March 29, a female in eastern Henderson County who was quarantined at home with her family.
Navarro County reported one confirmed case March 26, a resident of Rice, currently hospitalized out of the county.
As of press time Tuesday, 124 of 254 counties in Texas reported cases of COVID-19. Out of 42,992 tests in both public and private labs, there were 3,266 cases reported and 41 deaths. All of the data on the Texas Heath and Human Services (DSHS) Website is updated around noon each day with data received by the previous evening at 8 p.m.
DSHS updated its method of reporting March 24 to include cases reported publicly by local health departments around the state to facilitate quicker reporting. Updated case counts can be viewed at