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Nocona General treating its first COVID-19 patient

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On July 30 Nocona General Hospital implemented additional safety protocols after the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 was admitted to the hospital.
Lance Meekins, hospital administrator, confirmed the case on Friday, but did not provide any additional details. This is the first COVID-19 patient to be admitted to the hospital for treatment since the pandemic was announced.
On the hospital’s Facebook page Thursday morning the following “updates,” were listed to be effective immediately:
• No visitors will be allowed for hospital patients except for end-of-life situations.
• Only patients will be allowed into the building for physical therapy, labs, radiology or clinic visits.

• The wellness center will be closed through Aug. 12.
Further changes for these policies will be posted on the hospital’s social media page.
Dr. Delbert McCaig, Montague County health authority, shared the daily report he receives from the Department of Health and Human Services and on Friday there was a total of 59 COVID-19 cases.
As of Friday there were six active cases that were reported to still be in isolation. State confirmation of cases continues to run several days behind.
The DSHS Dashboard reported as of 11 a.m. on Friday a total of 412,107 reported COVID-19 cases in Texas with 6,274 fatalities.There were an estimated 260,542 recoveries and 145,291 active cases. Figures are updated twice a day.
There are a total of 3,911,270 tests reported in the state.
The also reported on July 30 cumulative fatalities have been corrected for July 27, 28 and 29.
As DSHS shifted to using death certificate data to count fatalities this week, an automation error caused approximately 225 fatalities to be included that did not have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death.

A manual quality check revealed the issue late Wednesday and it was corrected by state officials.

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Alton “Fred” Allen

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Fred Allen

March 17, 1945 – May 15, 2022
RINGGOLD – Alton “Fred” Allen, 77, longtime resident of Ringgold, passed away on May 15, 2022 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 7 – 8 p.m. on May 17 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Cowboy’s Last Ride Cemetery in Bowie with Richard Allen officiating.
Fred was born March 17, 1945 in Decatur to Alton “Frank” and Zula Prestwood Allen. He was a lifelong worker in the oil field and in his free time enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dick Allen and Gene Allen.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn Allen, Ringgold and Zula Carol Dietrich and husband Steve, Petrolia; grandchildren, Blake Allen, Brady Allen, Barrett Allen, Jason Gray, Jennifer Gray, Terry Dietrich and Timothy Dietrich; great-grandchildren Cody and Kendra Harralson and Lincoln Gray; sister Zelta Baker, Bloomfield, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
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Council facing lengthy agenda of new business

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Bowie City Councilors face a lengthy agenda of new business on Oct. 25 spanning outside audit proposals, amendments to the personnel policy and six planning and zoning commission requests.
The panel will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
A pair of audit proposals will be reviewed from Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming, and Mathis, West & Huffines Group.
The personnel policy amendments center on paid quarantine leave and officer mental health leave.
A resolution for repayment of opioid-related expenditures and payment to abate opioid-related harms will be reviewed, along with the 2021 tax roll.
The council also will discuss the Richwood Lake Estates Park at Amon Carter Lake. This topic is a proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot.
An executive session will have the council discuss economic development negotiations on a project. Janis Crawley, executive director of the Bowie Economic Development Corporation, also will give the council an update on the recent Economic Development Administration grant that will provide $1,460,000 to the BEDC for infrastructure work at the Bowie Business Park.
City Manager Bert Cunningham will make his monthly report discussing the asset management program, the audit, search for a new finance director, a program with Honeywell that evaluates facilities on where the city can save money and an update from the Association of Rural Communities.
Public comments and the consent agenda wrap up Monday night’s council agenda.

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Fatality accidents

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Department of Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of multi-fatality accidents in Montague County Thursday night. One occurred at US 82 and FM 1806 and a half hour later one occurred near Star Travel Center outside Bowie. No details were available Friday but watch for updates.

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