The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to rise in Jim Wells County. Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, the county reported 50 cases.


Thew newest cases are:


* case #47 - female between 0 - 12 months


* case #48 - female in her 30’s


* case #49 - female in her 40’s


* case #50 - female in her 50’s


Currently, in JWC there are 38 active cases and 12 recovered cases, according to County Judge Juan Rodriguez.


With a rise in COVID-19 cases in JWC, the county judge and the emergency management teams have issued an emergency order on the use of face masks in the county.


The emergency order goes into effect immediately and states that anyone over the age of three must wear a facial covering when entering a public place.


The order highly recommends people to stay at home, unless providing essential services and to minimize social gatherings to help stop the spread of the COVID-19.


Many business have posts at their doors, websites and social media accounts that state customers must wear a mask inside of their buildings as social distancing is not always possible.


Judge Rodriguez, states in the order the emergency order is necessary to continue the mitigation of the virus as a public health emergency. Violations against the Emergency Order can result in a fine up to the amount of $1,000.


All COVID-19 patients are currently isolated. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is supporting JWC in identifying any close contacts of the patient so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms.


The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information and what to do if you're sick, testing information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.


County officials and medical professionals remind everyone to continue to follow CDC guidelines such as washing hands, wearing face masks and social distancing. They also recommend anyone who has traveled to hot spots like Galveston, Houston and San Antonio to self-quarantine themselves for up to 14 days.