Walker County reports first case of COVID-19; issues curfew to residents

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. (KBTX)- Walker County on Sunday reported its first case of COVID-19, KBTX has confirmed.

The person is a man, in his early 20s, and the source of the infection is being investigated at this time, said Walker County Office of Emergency Management.

The individual was tested outside Walker County and is currently experiencing mild symptoms and is being isolated at home.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting Walker County in identifying any close contacts of the patient so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested if needed.

Walker County has also issued a curfew starting Monday March 23rd. The curfew is from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day for all residents. Anyone who violates the curfew could be subject to a $1,000 fine and/or up to 180 days in Walker County jail.

The curfew does not apply to those going to work, assisting with emergency management or a licensed food establishment providing food.