Panola County COVID-19 deaths have jumped to 20, County Judge LeeAnn Jones said Sunday.

That is up from the 15 deaths Jones reported she was working to confirm Friday. Jones said Sunday that the county’s cumulative total number of positive cases was 176.

Of those total confirmed cases, 67 are from Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center, 32 are from Panola Nursing and Rehabilitation, 60 are public cases, 15 are from Tyson and two are from  UT Health.

Jones also reported 20 recoveries at Briarcliff, 10 recoveries at Tyson and eight recoveries from the public.

As of Sunday morning, Briarcliff was reporting six deaths—one staff member and five residents—and Panola Nursing was reporting five resident deaths on their websites.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.