County's confirmed number of COVID-19 cases jump to 25

by From the office of Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis

UPDATED 11:34 a.m., 5-12-20

As of Monday, May 11, seven more cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Cherokee County, bringing the county's current total number of cases to 25.

Cherokee County officials reported Tuesday, May 12, six of the seven newest cases are Rusk State Hospital patients. Court members, sans Precinct 4 Commissioner Steven Norton, discussed the matter in its regular meeting held Tuesday, May 12. Cherokee County Emergency Management Coordinator Sergio Servin addressed commissioners and informed them nine cases are currently active and remain under the supervision of the Cherokee County Public Health Department; 15 patients have recovered; and one case resulted in death.

“I’m told (RSH officials) are in the process of testing all the people who might have been exposed to those who have tested positive,” Servin told commissioners.

“We’ve also not gotten results on the recent testing events we’ve held as yet,” he added.

Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, such as coughs and sneezes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyone has ways that they can contribute to slow the spread of the virus and should remember to:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed or gloved hands.

• Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

• Stay at home as much as possible

• Put distance between yourself and other people.

o Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

o Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around other people (grocery shopping, pharmacy, etc.)

• If you are in a private setting and do not have your cloth face covering, remember to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Texas Health and Human Services has a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week toll-free at (833) 986-1919. Further information regarding COVID-19 can be found at and