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Businesses continue to reopen, county COVID-19 cases rise to 5 active

May 13, 2020 - 00:00
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    “This feels like our first day of school. We are happy to be back to work,” La Rouge Beauty Boutique hair stylist Shelly Eden said Friday, May 8. Citizen | Alesia Woolridge
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    Texas Military forces, a National Guard Unit out of White Settlement, administered coronavirus tests at the Colorado County Fairgrounds Friday, May 8. Citizen | Alesia Woolridge

Local hair salons, barber shops and nail salons were given the green light to reopen Friday, May 8 following COVID-19 precautionary closures. The businesses reopened with safety guidelines in place including at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations and stylists and customers wearing masks. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Swimming pools may also open, subject to other specific limitations.

Beginning Monday, May 18, offices can open with five or less individuals, or 25 percent of the total office workforce, whichever is greater, with appropriate social distancing followed. Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open May 18, and must operate at 25 percent occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities, however, will remain closed. Manufacturing services, which were previously deemed non-essential, will be allowed to open May 18 with 25 percent capacity.

Colorado County was notified of three new positive coronavirus cases May 7.

One is a male in the 5 to 15-year range, and a female in the 20 to 40-year range. Both live in the same household in Columbus, and both are recovering at home.

The third case is a female in the 40 to 60-year range residing in the Weimar area. She is also recovering at home.

Another case was confirmed Sunday, May 10, a female in the 40-55-year age range in Eagle Lake. She is recovering at home.

These cases, along, with the one active case reported last week, bring the county’s numbers to a total of 5 active cases, 16 overall total cases with 11 recoveries. DSHS is conducting contact tracing on the active cases.

Colorado County officials said Colorado County is following the guidance from the Governor’s Office, and county businesses are still opened at 50 percent capacity, and will not be shutting back to 25 capacity.

Results from the testing event at the Colorado County Fairgrounds Friday, May 8, at which 76 people were tested, are expected this week.

County officials said with the expiration of the Stay-At-Home Order Apr. 30, there is not currently a limit on the number of persons that can gather indoors or outdoors. There are, however, suggestions and recommendations that should be followed about families and members of a household versus persons who are not members of the same family or household. Additionally, all the same CDC Guidelines and Distancing remain in place for persons of different households, especially for indoor gatherings.