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TEXARKANA, Texas — A confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cass County, Texas, was contracted through community spread of the new coronavirus.

Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks announced the case during a Friday afternoon media briefing at the emergency joint operations center established to centralize response to the epidemic.

Health care officials categorize COVID-19 cases as travel-related, community spread or unknown.

Wilbanks had only recently learned of the case and could not provide further details, she said, adding that the Texas Department of State Health Services will be investigating further.

The Cass County case is the third reported in the Texarkana region this week, joining a confirmed case in Bowie County, Texas, and another in Sevier County, Arkansas.

Cass County has become part of the joint operations center alongside Bowie County, Miller County, Arkansas, and both cities of Texarkana.

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