No cases of the Novel Coronavirus(COVID-19) have been reported in Hopkins County or surrounding counties but the impact of the virus can be seen throughout the area.
Local school districts released statements last night informing the public that they are evaluating their options. Many DFW area school districts have already extended spring break by a week and discontinued extracurricular activities.
Texas A&M University-Commerce announced Thursday it was suspending all face-to-face classes and transitioning to online instruction until further notice, effective immediately. PJC-Sulphur Springs extended spring break two days through March 17th.
Some local nursing homes are taking action by announcing all visitors will be required to be screened for fever and other symptoms before entering.
Local big box retailers in Sulphur Springs, Walmart and Brookshire’s, have been bought out of sanitizing products and toilet paper as of this morning. Brookeshire’s has limited sanitization product purchases to 3 per household in response.
The unnecessary panic buying of toilet paper has become a social phenomenon around coronavirus. Retailers and manufacturers say there is no threat of a toilet paper shortage but that hasn’t stopped the public from rushing to purchase toilet paper. The paper has no impact on the coronavirus, and health officials have generally recommended against stockpiling items.