The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting Sabine County COVID-19 numbers to be 28 total positive cases since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. The website estimates 14 of those cases are active, 12 recovered, and one fatality. And that only equals 27, as noted above the total number of 28. The DSHS website calculates 589 Sabine County residents have been tested for the virus since testing began in March, and according to the website those are not repeat test.

Jasper Newton Health District is reporting to Sabine County officials that there are a total of 25 COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began. The release by JNHD estimates there are currently four active, 21 recovered, no fatalities. According to JNHD a total of 349 total test conducted. 

It is easy to see the differences, and understand the differences as residents negotiate their lives, jobs, and businesses during this healthcare disaster declaration. Will wearing a mask help from being exposed or exposing others to the virus? Will social distancing help prevent the spread? Is the whole thing a hoax? All questions that have turned to anger, impatience and down right rudeness in a small close knit community who most often band together in time of crisis. 

This is just a small sample of the unknown, and why are the numbers different. There are so many unknowns, from the nature of the virus and how it will evolve to how our futures will look once this public health emergency ends. And when will it end? Is it political? Or medical? The unknown leaves a bit of fear, and anger as we maneuver new territory each day in coping with the outbreak. Several scuffles have been reported over an individual who believes mask should be worn and individuals who say its useless and forcing the issue is against Constitutional rights at local retail outlets.  


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