Rec Center closed

With blue tape marks on the floor as a reminder to keep six feet from others, patrons at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center attend a class during limited hours last week. After re-opening with safety protocols in place on June 1, the facility has closed due to a staff member testing positive for the coronavirus.

After opening for limited hours June 1, the C.L. Simon Recreation Center closed on Wednesday after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

“As a precautionary measure, all co-workers who have been in direct contact with this employee will be tested and self-quarantine pending the results,” the city announced in a statement Wednesday. “If you have visited the Recreation Center beginning June 15, you may have been exposed. Please watch for symptoms of the virus, including fever, cough and/or trouble breathing, and contact your primary care physician with further questions or to seek testing.”

The recreation facility re-opened with requirements to clean rooms after each session, masks for staff when interacting with patrons and marked, one-way entry and exit, among other safety measures. The Judy McDonald Public Library has remained closed to the public with a pick-up service for library materials.

The County Emergency Management Office on Wednesday reported three new cases of the virus confirmed by the state, bringing the county’s total to 341. An estimated 272 of those cases have recovered and 24 have died, according to state records.

The new cases involve two city residents, a man in his 20s and another in his 30s, and a female county resident in her 30s.  

Cases in neighboring Angelina County recently surpassed the 400 mark, with 415 total confirmed cases, according to a Texas Department of State Health Services website updated Tuesday afternoon. The site reports 259 cases in Shelby County, 253 in Rusk County, 88 in San Augustine and 77 in Cherokee County. Active cases statewide are estimated at 47,436.

For those experiencing symptoms or who feel they have been exposed to the virus, a local call center remains open from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 936-468-4787; appointments for tests are required for all testing sites within the county. 

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