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Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Office on Wednesday reported three more confirmed cases of the coronavirus and two fatalities, bringing the county’s death toll to 24.

The office also on Wednesday announced the results of a state testing initiative conducted in May. More than 600 tests for the virus were administered, returning 29 positive cases. Testing was done at hot spots such as nursing homes, poultry plants and among medical workers.

“Because these numbers include residents outside Nacogdoches County, they will not be reflected on the card or dashboard,” the Emergency Management Office stated on Wednesday. “We will continue to work with DSHS to isolate Nacogdoches residents from the data and update the card accordingly.”

As of Wednesday, the local case total stood at 319 with 38 active cases.

The two most recent fatalities both involved long-term care residents, a man in his 60s who died June 10 and a woman in her 80s who died May 16.

Three more cases confirmed Wednesday include two city residents, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s, and one county resident in his 30s from a household with a previously diagnosed case.

A dashboard maintained by the state, which differs from local numbers from day to day, as of Wednesday showed neighboring Angelina County has surpassed Nacogdoches in total cases, with 352 vs. 329, respectively. The site reports 230 cases in Shelby County, 74 in San Augustine, 61 in Cherokee County and 233 in Rusk County.

A local call center remains open from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 936-468-4787; appointments are required for all drive-thru testing sites within the county. 

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