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Updated early Monday evening: Positive cases of COVID-19 in Texas County hit a new high since the start of the pandemic.

The Texas County Health Department reported on Friday, Jan. 21, there have been 293 cases since Jan. 15. This year, 499 positive tests have been recorded.

In all of 2021, the number was 2,233.

Texas County Memorial Hospital reported Monday the positivity count — the percentage of positive tests — stood at 39.7 percent for the week. Last week, the number was 24.9 percent.

Most county school districts cited high absentee rates and low staffing for closing last week. They started this week with in-person instruction.

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