Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kaufman County stood at 24 on Thursday afternoon, according to the office of County Judge Hal Richards.

County Health Officer Dr. Benjamin Brashear, however, told county commissioners earlier this week it is likely the county has hundreds of people who are infected with COVID-19. They could be asymptomatic or presenting only mild symptoms. Others could be sick with the virus and have decided to ride out their illness at home.

The official numbers are relayed to the county from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which obtains information from labs that test for the virus. Widespread community testing, however, is not being conducted.

Richard’s office also released a statement Thursday indicating that county officials will not provide detailed information that could identify a COVID-19 patient and violate privacy laws.

Continuous updates are available on the county’s website ( each workday at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Please follow these steps to prevent spread of the coronavirus:

  • Stay at home at much as possible to isolate yourself
  • Practice social distancing if you must go out
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, or use a sanitizing solution with at least 60% alcohol.

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