A Washington County Commissioner has self-quarantined as the county has reported its fifth confirmed case of COVID-19.

Emergency Management Coordinator Bryan Ruemke told KWHI this (Friday) morning he was notified today of two newly confirmed cases, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the county up to five.

Update @12:55 p.m.: According to Ruemke, the county’s confirmed cases involve two individuals in their 40s, one person over the age of 60, and two in their 80s and 90s.

Update @ 9:30 a.m.: According to County Judge John Durrenberger, Commissioner Kirk Hanath is currently under self-imposed quarantine, as his wife works at Brenham Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  The dealership is voluntarily closed for 14 days, after it was announced Thursday a male employee of the dealership tested positive for COVID-19.

Brenham Chrysler Jeep Dodge owner Jeff Hazlewood said the dealership was shut down immediately after the employee’s test came back positive, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.  He said the dealership is currently looking into companies who can deep-clean and sanitize the dealership and shop.

Hazlewood added that while some may take this as an opportunity to talk down on the business, he would appreciate any and all support that can be given during this time.

Ruemke said the county is planning to issue a press release later today with more information on COVID-19.

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