The City of Tahoka has issued a new Stay-At-Home order for Tahoka residents in response to nine new COVID-19 cases being diagnosed over the past three days.

In addition, Texas Army National Guard members have been brought in to Tahoka to help with COVID-19 testing. A test site will be open Friday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 1804 Avenue J, behind the Tahoka City Hall. Those who get tested for COVID-19 should receive results within 72 hours.

Mayor John Baker has says there will be a "reevaluation of the Stay-at-Home Order after 7-10 days."

Here is the new Stay-At-Home order, as posted on the Tahoka Facebook page:

"Any person who is sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay at home other than necessary medical or emergency care.

"No visits at nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

"Examples of when to leave home include: Visit a doctor or healthcare provider, Go to the grocery store, Pick up food from restaurants, Go to work at an essential business, Individual outdoor activities while maintaining social distance, Care for family members.

"Essential services will remain open and must enforce social distancing to the maximum extent possible. Essential services include, but are not limited to: Grocery and convenience stores, Pharmacy and drug stores Daycare facilities, Health care providers and facilities. Vehicle fueling, parts, repair and maintenance Essential government services and facilities,Banks and financial services Laundry mats and cleaners Trade contractors, i.e. plumbers and electricians
"Restaurants remain closed to customers. Use of drive-thru, pickup and delivery options are allowed and encouraged. Mobile Food Vendors are allowed, but social distancing must be observed.
"Personal services businesses that engage in direct, person-to-person services that are not time-sensitive or for the immediate health or safety of the recipient are closed.
"Travel permits are not required in the City of Tahoka. This update goes into effect IMMEDIATELY and continues until canceled."

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