The Local Health Authority confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Ellis County on Tuesday, bringing the total to eight confirmed cases countywide. Available information on six of those cases indicate they are the result of community spread. Information on the other two cases had not been made available by press time.

Information that was obtained by the Sun late Tuesday afternoon indicates that three of the cases were being monitored at home by the Texas Department of State Health Services, while four of the cases were in hospital isolation. The status of the eighth case was not immediately available.

Of the eight cases, there have been:

• two in Ennis

• one in Maypearl

• two in Midlothian

• one in Palmer

• one in Waxahachie

The residency of the eighth case was not available by press time.

Information obtained by the Sun on the first six cases indicates two are from ages 30-39, two are from ages 40-49, two are from age 70-79 and one is age 80+. Six have been male, with two female. Information on the age of one case has not been released.

As of Monday, there were 18 people under monitoring in Ellis County, according to an earlier press release, which noted that each person under monitoring shall self-isolate while being monitored for fever and additional signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

The earlier press release also noted that the Ellis County Judge’s Office and the county’s Office of Emergency Management have been working with mayors, emergency managers, medical personnel and first responders of local jurisdictions to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

The community is reminded to observe the following recommended safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control:

• Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

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

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

• Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

• Throw used tissues in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

• If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To review governor-issued executive orders in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit https://gov.texas.gov/news/category/press-release.

To find about available resources and other information, including how to make a donation to assist with local efforts, visit the United Way of West Ellis County’s website at https://www.uwwec.org/covid19.

To track COVID-19 numbers across the nation, visit the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine’s Coronavirus Resource Center at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Updated March 25 as to case gender and age information that's since been released.

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