With a rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Jim Wells, 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 will go 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 persons to stay at home, unless providing essential services and to minimize social gatherings to help stop the spread of the COVID-19.


This order comes as the number of cases rose over the weekend.


On Saturday, the county reported five new cases for a total of 27.


Those cases were:


* case #23 - female in her 30’s


* case #24 - female in her 50’s


* case #25 - female in her 30’s


* case #26 - male in his 60’s


* case #27 - female in her 20’s


On Sunday, JWC confirmed seven additional cases for a total of report cases to 34.


Those cases were:


* Case #28: Male in his 40’s


* Case #29: Female in her Teens


* Case #30: Female in her Teens


* Case #31: Female in her 10’s


* Case #32: Female in her 50’s


* Case #33: Female in her 20’s


* Case #34: Female in her Teens


No cases were reported on Monday, but Tuesday morning the county reported an additional 12 cases for a total of 46 reported cases.


Those cases were:


* Case #35: Male in his 20’s


* Case #36: Male in his 60’s


* Case #37: Female in her 20’s


* Case #38: Male in his 50’s


* Case #39: Male in his 50’s


* Case #40: Male in his 10’s


* Case #41: Male in his 10’s


* Case #42: Male in his 20’s


* Case #43: Male in his 20’s


* Case #44: Female in her 20’s


* Case #45: Female in her 50’s


* Case #46: Male in his 20’s


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.


County Judge Juan 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.


Currently, in JWC there are 34 active cases and 12 recovered cases, according to Judge Rodriguez.


Duval County also reported a new case on Tuesday. According to official sources, the newest case for Duval County is a female in her 20's and is a San Diego resident.


All COVID-19 patients are currently isolated. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is supporting Duval County and 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.