COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Tri-State area

There are now 206 cases of COVID-19 in the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. Here is the complete breakdown by county:

Hemphill County: 1

Gray County: 11

Moore County: 24

Swisher County: 2

Potter County: 59

Randall County: 56

Castro County: 11

Deaf Smith County: 7

Oldham County: 3

Donley County: 14

Dallam County: 1

Hutchinson County: 2

Hansford County: 1

There have also been five deaths:

Oldham County: 1

Castro County: 1

Potter County: 1

Randall County: 2

Cases in the Oklahoma Panhandle:

Beaver County: 1

Texas County: 4

Caes in Eastern New Mexico:

Curry County: 8

Roosevelt County: 1

The following cities and counties are under stay-at-home orders:

Potter County

Deaf Smith County

Gray County

City of Amarillo

City of Canyon

Randall County

City of Pampa

City of Lefors

City of Hereford

Hansford County

City of Gruver

City of Spearman

City of McLean

Castro County

Donley County

Wheeler County

Swisher County

City of Perryton

Ochiltree County

City of Tulia

Armstrong County

City of Claude

Amarillo officials also addressed the controversy surrounding non-essential businesses operating as low risk businesses in the city. The city says low risk businesses must meet the following requirments to remain open:

1. No more than 10 people inside a business

2. Continuously maintaining social distancing

3. Frequent cleaning of surfaces such as countertops, carts and point of sale devices

4. Maintain enhanced hygiene measures that include hand washing on a regular basis for at least 20 seconds

“One of the questions we get is why are non-essential businesses open?. I think it’s important to note that neither the governor’s order nor the city’s order closes non-essential businesses, with very few exceptions.

“What it does do is direct people to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who aren’t in the same household. So that’s the language out of the governor’s order.

"So with regard to the city’s order, it goes just a little bit further than that and says that for a non-essential business to continue to operate, it must satisfy four requirements that we’ve used to define a low-risk business.”

“We do not prohibit non-essential businesses from operating inside the City of Amarillo. However, we do require them to observe certain measures to make sure they’re operating as safely as they can and fall into the category of a low-risk business," Amarillo City Manager Jared Miller said.