1st COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Ennis, Midlothian

Both cases were via community spread

NBC 5 News

Health officials in Ellis County reported two new cases of COVID-19 Sunday -- one outside of Ennis and one in Midlothian -- bringing the total number of cases in the county to five.

Officials said both cases were instances of community spread of coronavirus.

The Midlothian case is in a man who has been hospitalized, while a woman who lives just outside of Ennis is isolating at home, officials said.

There are 12 other people under monitoring in Ellis County, which reported its third case of COVID-19 on Saturday.

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