Panola County has added eight new COVID-19 cases and six recoveries, Judge LeeAnn Jones. Jones said the county has 27 active cases, above the threshold for Gov. Greg Abbott’s mandatory mask order. 

New cases reported Saturday were a 27-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man, an 83-year-old woman, a 51-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man, a 35-year-old man, a 39-year-old man and a 60-year-old man.

Recoveries include 45-year-old woman, a 74-year-old woman, a 65-year-old man, a 1-year-old boy, a 39-year-old man and a 45-year-old man.

Salon, barbershops must mandate masks

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued new guidelines effective immediately that all employees and customers must wear a face mask while inside a barber shop, cosmetology salon, nail salon, or massage establishment.

”Face masks or fabric face coverings must be worn at all times by employers, employees, contractors, and clients while inside the salon/shop, even if individuals are practicing social distancing,” the department said. “Face coverings can be removed temporarily only when necessary to receive a service. In addition, all driving school employees and customers must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household.”


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.