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Cooke County Courthouse Photograph with blue and pink sky, taken from SW. Photo courtesy Jason Brinkley, 2018

Welcome to Cooke County, Texas
101 South Dixon, Gainesville, Texas 76240
Phone: 940-668-5500

Info and historical photos of our beautiful Cooke County Courthouse at TexasEscapes.com


- NOTICE from Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington -

Rabies Exposure Media Release 02/03/23

On 1-30-2023, the Cooke County Sheriff's Office was notified by the State of Texas that a cow had tested positive for Rabies in Cooke County.  The 10-year-old, unvaccinated cow became ill, and the owners believed it was choking or having other breathing issues.  The owners, two additional assistants, and a veterinarian were all subsequently exposed to the saliva of the animal in attempts to save the cow.  The cow succumbed to its exposure to Rabies and was sent to the state for Rabies testing.

Full details at this link.


Texas Outdoor Burning Rules/Guidelines

See pages 11 – 12 for guidance on proper burning precautions.
The outdoor burning rule is adopted as part of Texas Health and Safety Code
under 382.085 and the Texas Water Code section 7.182.

Summary of Criminal Outdoor Burning
1 Page PDF

Cooke County COVID-19 page

Cooke County Emergency Management recommends following
CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation if you test positive
or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

For the CDC's full recommendations, please
visit their About COVID-19 website

More information from

The Texas Department of State Health Services
The Centers for Disease Control


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