Citizens of Eastland County, I have been informed by the State of Texas that our exemption to wearing masks has been revoked. I do not agree with this revocation and there are still ten other exemptions in GA-29 to the wearing of masks. I have tried to contact someone at DSHS to explain our local situation, but no one has responded. Our local situation is that our County experienced a surge in cases from one of our local colleges. Dr. DeLuca, Eastland County’s Local Health Authority and I have been in daily contact about the number of active cases. On Monday, 14 September approximately 40 cases become inactive. This will take our number back below the 20 that we need for our exemption to GA-29. I have asked DSHS if we will be able to reinstate our exemption when this happens, but still no response from the state.
Below is the email that I received at 3:26 PM on Friday 11 September from DSHS. If you have questions or comments, I suggest that you individually contact them at the email address in their message. Until I get some response from the state, please review GA-29 for compliance at this link https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-29-use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf
I will keep working on reinstating the exemption to the mask-wearing requirement to try to regain some individual decision making and liberty for our citizens.
Rex Fields, Eastland County Judge
Good Afternoon Judge Fields,
As of September 10, 2020, Eastland County is no longer exempt from GA-29 due to the number of active cases in Eastland County reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services as of 4 p.m.
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