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Law enforcement shuts down Howell Sand Company: Business connected to COVID 19 cases

Area law enforcement agencies shut down Howell Sand Company Friday afternoon. It is believed the business is connected to several COVID-19 cases in the area.

The company had been asked by the Amarillo Public Health Department to close down operations.

“There are confirmed cases of coronavirus that have originated from that business and now, there is confirmed, significant community spread that has resulted based on their refusal to comply with the orders to quarantine,” In order to slow the continued spread that resulted and originated at that business, we are shutting the business down temporarily.

“They were, on two different occasions, ordered to quarantine staff, and they chose not to. The result was the spread of coronavirus throughout our community based on cases that were there that should not have happened, had they followed the quarantine order," Jordan Schupbach, the director of communications for the city of Amarillo, said.

Howell Sand Company is a family owned and operated business serving the Texas Panhandle and surrounding communities. The company provides aggregate materials such as sand, gravel, crushed stone, and caliche. It also offers a wide range of services including paving, excavation, demolition, equipment hauling, and project planning.

High Plains Pundit will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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