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  1. Paris-Lamar County Health District asks 175 to self-quarantine, says that's not the number of Covid-19 cases in the county

    As Paris's mayor correlated the number of quarantined people by the health district to the number of possible local Covid-19 cases, district officials said it's asking symptomatic people to self-quarantine...

  2. San Antonio to observe moment of silence in honor of COVID-19 victims

    ...Antonio will observe a moment of silence on Thursday, April 2, in honor of the victims of COVID-19. Mayor Ron Nirenberg is asking all San Antonians to pause and reflect for one minute beginning at 9:20 a.m.;...

  3. UPDATE: Abbott executive order deems residential construction as an "essential service" across the state

    ...including the work pictured here being done in downtown Austin, were ordered to stop development by Austin Mayor Steve Adler in a March 24 shelter-in-place order. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper) ...

  4. Rowlett mayor stresses the importance of staying home, social distancing

    ...employee benefits, and price gouging provisions were put in place. During Monday night’s meeting Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian made a personal plea to Rowlett residents. “We are working very hard to communicate...

  5. Local governments, already hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing a fresh budget threat: economic recession

    “Sales taxes are typically 29% to 30% of an average city’s revenue. And sales taxes are just going to be way off for the foreseeable future,” Sandlin said. “Sales taxes are tied to retail economic activity, among others. And that’s just been shut...

  6. Coronavirus updates: Fort Bend Co.'s stay-at-home order extended through end of April

    ...apartment complex under shelter-in-place order have died due to COVID-19 APRIL 1 1:45 p.m. — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is pushing back against Governor Greg Abbott's decision to exempt some religious...

  7. Marshall City Commission approves, extends declaration of local disaster due to COVID-19

    City Commissioners voted to approve and continue Mayor Terri Brown’s March 26 declaration of local disaster during a virtual special called meeting Wednesday. City Manager Mark Rohr said that the vote...

  8. City, county release list of essential, nonessential businesses

    ...shelter- in-place Orders issued on March 31, Harrison County Judge Chad Sims and City of Marshall Mayor Terri Brown have provided a list of essential vs. nonessential businesses and/or services in Harrison...

  9. Residents are ordered to stay at home

    Kleberg County’s stay-at-home order went into effect on Friday, March 27 and runs until April 8 at 11:59 p.m. to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the area.

  10. City defaults to governor's statewide order

    ...Greg Abbott's statewide emergency order after Mayor Jane Hughson’s expired Wednesday. The San Marcos City Council discussed options for a new emergency ordinance at a special called meeting Tuesday but ultimately...

  11. Shoppers urged to be more mindful when purchasing WIC items

    ... "When you go to the grocery store, you're going to see products with this WIC label on it," said Mayor Steve Adler. "Please make sure you leave a lot of those products on the shelf so that the families...

  12. Landlords not required to inform tenants of positive COVID-19 cases in buildings

    ...the media, don’t tell people you have it, don’t talk to people,’ with exclamation points.” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the largest group of positive COVID-19 cases in the city of Houston are residents...

  13. McKinney Farmers Market to add weekdays, with modifications, during coronavirus pandemic

    ...market in Heritage Village at Chestnut Square will hold its next one Thursday, April 2, after the mayor’s office designated it an essential food supply provider. It will operate new mini-markets Tuesday...

  14. Governor's order raises questions about fishing pier ban in Galveston

    ...leave room for some discussion, officials said. After issuing the order to close fishing piers, Mayor Jim Yarbrough received several emails from anglers who wanted access to their usual spots, he said...

  15. City of Amarillo updates community on new practices related to COVID-19

    ...It has not been made official, as it is up to each store owner, but Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson mentioned some stores may offer special store hours for health care workers. “While we discussed using ...

  16. Victoria County issues stay-at-home order

    ...Thursday. The “Stay Home-Stay Safe” orders were signed Wednesday by County Judge Ben Zeller and Mayor Rawley McCoy. They will be in effect until April 30. Victoria’s mayor and county judge signed the...

  17. UTRGV, City address drive-thru testing

    ...Brownsville held a live conference on its Facebook page where Public Health Director Art Rodriguez, City Commissioner Dr. Rose Gowen and Dr. Michael Dobbs from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley talked...

  18. City of Pampa, Gray County issue Stay-at-Home directive

    ...Pampa have issued a stay-at-home directive. Gray County Judge Chris Porter and the City of Pampa Mayor Brad Pingel said that goes into effect Thursday, April 2 at 12:01 p.m. to at least Wednesday, April...

  19. Arlington Mayor gets swift response to challenge

    ...the folks at Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex, in response to a challenge put out by Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. Last Friday, Williams announced he would donate up to $2,500 to Mission Arlington/Mission...

  20. How first responders stay safe during COVID-19 pandemic

    ...cases growing daily in Nueces county, first responders are taking a more cautious approach to calls. City Manager Peter Zanoni laid out the new protective measures at Tuesday’s briefing. The idea is to keep...

  21. Pastors sue Harris County Judge for stay-at-home order

    ...health. “This is not the time to change course when you are still in the midst of the storm,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. KHOU 11 legal analyst Gerald Treece said the lawsuits have a legal basis, but court...

  22. More than 40 spring breakers who ignored public health advice test positive for coronavirus

    Now 44 of those people have tested positive for coronavirus — all of them University of Texas at Austin students, a university spokesman told CNN on Wednesday. An elected official had a blunt message for the spring breakers.

  23. No new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, 45 have recovered from in San Antonio

    ...County saw a jump of 22 COVID-19 cases, there were no new deaths reported Wednesday. According to Mayor Ron Nirenberg, there are now 229 confirmed cases throughout the county, 66 of those are confirmed...

  24. City, county will enforce state's virus order

    ...and the governor’s only incorporates things listed in his (newest) executive order,” New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno said. Comal County did the same, again stopping short of mandating a stay-at-home...

  25. Clarendon enacts Phase 3 of COVID plan, halts pool work

    ...following notification that a positive case of the disease was confirmed in Donley County that morning. City Administrator David Dockery said City Hall was closed to the public and would be operated for the time...

  26. Heath City Council approves $500,000 EDC/HMBC local business stimulus program to bridge gap in federal relief due to COVID-19

    ...our community in so many ways from sales tax contributions to quality of life,” stated City of Heath Mayor Kelson Elam. “Our program will provide qualified businesses needed funds that bridge the gap until...

  27. City leasing hotels for first responders, homeless

    ...diagnosed with the COVID-19. HOUSTON - In anticipation of a local surge in COVID-19 infections, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a three-month lease of every room in three different hotels - a total of...

  28. Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain urged residents to stay home and warns ‘there are swift and strong consequences’ for not complying

    By April 01, 2020 07:23 PM Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain urged residents to stay home in a video a message posted Wednesday after the first two coronavirus cases were confirmed. "We aren't going to allow...

  29. WF officials emphasize severity of COVID-19, social distancing

    ...lot of people get the seriousness of this," said Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom. Wichita Falls mayor Stephen Santellana added that “changing the behavior of one person is tough, and changing the behavior...

  30. Suit against McKinney mayor withdrawn

    Derek V. Baker, the McKinney realtor who filed a lawsuit against McKinney Mayor George Fuller last Friday, released a statement today after formally dropping the suit. Baker filed a suit and restraining...

  31. Lufkin issues stay-home, stay-safe order

    ...limiting recreational activities for anyone is heartbreaking, but we have to keep people safe,” assistant city manager Jason Arnold said. “The more restrictive we are now, the sooner we can all get back to doing...

  32. City shuts down access to San Angelo's 'KOA Trail' on Hillside Drive, Gun Club Road

    The decision was made by city council members on April 1, 2020,as part of sweeping new guidelines the city passed unanimously to extend San Angelo's declaration of a local disaster amid the coronavirus outbreak.

  33. Pecos County Commissioners Court will consider shelter-in-place order at special meeting Thursday

    ...delcalration of Local State of Disaster (Section 12 being Shelter in Place for Pecos County). Fort Stockton City Manager Frank Rodriguez confirmed to The Pioneer that the city council will also hold a special meeting,...

  34. Harris County stay-at-home order extended until April 30; some nonviolent inmates to be released from county jail

    ...March 31 press conference. In a joint announcement, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the extension of the "Stay Home-Work Safe" order comes with unanimous approval...

  35. County opens information hub as COVID-19 cases rise

    ...“This is a strong collaborative effort from many community partners,” Durrenberger said. Brenham Mayor Milton Tate said the center shows what kind of collaborative community Washington County is. “There...

  36. Food Truck Lunch Series begins

    ...eat, making this the best lunch had anywhere’ for Georgia Mae’s.” Earlier this year, the Wharton City Council unanimously approved to have this series every first and third Monday of the month from 11...

  37. City takes action to replace, relocate KA Bridge utilities

    ...“They anticipate (it will take up to one year) building the bridge (once construction begins).” Mayor Pat Rios noted an enormous number of hours have been spent on the bridge project and it’s finally...

  38. CityLink fixed routes limited to 10 passengers to maintain social distancing

    ABILENE, Texas (Press Release) – In connection with the City of Abilene’s City Council Resolution passed on 3/30/20 ordering a Limited Shelter in Place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, CityLink Transit is...

  39. Plano nixes stay-at-home policy discussion in light of Texas governor's guidelines on essential activities

    “Since the governor issued his list of essential services, we are just going to follow the state directive,” city spokesperson Steve Stoler said. Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order issued March 31 calls for Texas residents to “minimize social...

  40. Local Chinese association to donate masks, gloves

    The Midland-Odessa Chinese Association will make a donation to the Unified Command Team this morning during the group’s press conference. Donated items include 4,850 regular masks, 500 N95 masks and 650 pairs of disposable gloves.

  41. Large hospital sits vacant in Central Texas; could it be used?

    ...we haven’t firmed anything up yet, but I’ll know by Friday,” Settles said Wednesday. Former Marlin Mayor Elizabeth Nelson is involved, too, she said, working with Settles and others in an effort to make...

  42. Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Department creating $200,000 relief program for small businesses

    ...customers; larger amounts of employee reduction; and larger business revenue loss, staff documents said. City Council called a special meeting April 3 at 3 p.m. to vote on the approval of the grant program. Community...

  43. Texas Tribune: Some local elections in Texas moving ahead despite coronavirus spread

    ...prevent the spread of the deadly virus. “I continue to say the show must go on,” said Jeff Forrester, mayor pro tem and member of the Wylie City Council, which voted last week to keep its elections on schedule....

  44. Wichita County sheriff asked law agencies not to bring nonviolent suspects to jail

    In recent weeks, as the Wichita Falls City Council and Wichita County Commissioners adopted shelter-in-place orders, reported crime in Wichita Falls has been notably lower than normal. Wichita County Sheriff...

  45. Corpus Christi basketball courts may close if crowds continue to gather

    ...open in our community is our parks and our playgrounds and our basketball courts in particular,” said City Manager Peter Zanoni. “Many Texas cities from Dallas to Fort Worth to Austin and San Antonio have either completely closed their playground...

  46. Keller Mayor Pat McGrail addresses community on coronavirus concerns

    Living under restrictions due to the coronavirus is now a “new normal,” said Mayor Pat McGrail in a public address to Keller residents March 30. McGrail recognized the strain recent restrictions, due to Tarrant County’s stay-at-home order, have put...

  47. Cops ‘n Rodders event postponed, organizers say

    The Wharton Police Department recently announced that it is postponing the third annual Cops ‘n Rodders Car Show that had been planned on Saturday, April 25. Despite the event being planned outside like it has been since its inaugural event near...

  48. Refugio County judge issues Declaration of Local Disaster

    The Office of Emergency Management, County Judge’s Office, Mayor’s Offices from Refugio, Woodsboro, Austwell, and Bayside, Refugio County Memorial Hospital District, School Superintendents from Austwell/Tivoli, Refugio and Woodsboro, and other...

  49. City of Temple hosting Virtual Council Meeting

    ...city business and city operations. The City of Temple has made the decision to hold the April 2, 2020 City Council meeting via teleconference at 5:00 p.m. to allow members of the public to participate from...

  50. McAllen mayor shuts down Palm View Golf Course

    ...Amateur Golf Championship at the Palm View Golf Course on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in McAllen. McAllen Mayor Jim Darling announced Wednesday that since people won’t stop going to the Palm View Golf Course, it’s...

  51. Willacy County judge urges importance of stay-at-home order

    ...legal options to further enforce the stay-at-home order in Willacy County, Guerra said. Raymondville Mayor Gilbert Gonzales says their police department is getting ready to start issuing citations to violators....

  52. Buda closes facilities

    The city of Buda Parks Department is following federal, state and local guidelines to limit the potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Implemented policies and procedures are in place to include the following: Closure of all sports fields,...

  53. Eight Hospitals Provide Update On Available Bed Numbers

    DALLAS — Eight hospitals reported ventilator and bed capacity numbers to Mayor Eric Johnson’s office on Tuesday — the first day of new daily reporting requirements in the City. The reporting requirements,...

  54. Keeping Navasota beautiful

    ...cleaning up debris and leaves from city streets while adhering to the recommended CDC guidelines. City Manager Brad Stafford explained the twofold purpose of street maintenance saying, “We clean streets...

  55. $96 million housing and retail development scheduled for Southern Dallas

    ...Nonviolence said by phone on Saturday, after writing a letter of support for the project to City of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. He believes there is a critical need for those earning “$15 – $16, but cannot afford...

  56. Online Tennessee city council meeting marred by racist slurs

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee city's first online city council meeting was marred by attendees who sent a barrage of racist messages targeting black council members and staff, the Chattanooga Times...

  57. City Council approves contract assignment

    The Lockhart City Council at a specially called meeting on Tuesday approved the assignment of its current contract with Central Texas Refuse (CTR) to Florida based firm Integrated Waste Solutions Group (IWSG).

  58. Lockhart Chamber of Commerce cancels CTR

    The Lockhart Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced on Monday that Chisholm Trail Roundup Rodeo and Music Festival (CTR) will be cancelled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. CTR, held every year in June, is one of Lockhart’s...

  59. State, DCOA to fund expanded security center at Dyess AFB front gate

    State and local funding for the $1.2-million upgrade and expansion of the Security Access Control Center at the Dyess Air Force Base front gate has been approved. The Texas Military Preparedness Commission on Monday approved Abilene’s application for...

  60. Stay at home order for Live Oak County citizens begins April 2

    Effective April 2 at 11:59 p.m., Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff, along with George West Mayor Andrew Garza and Three Rivers Mayor Felipe Martinez, declared all citizens living within Live Oak County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence...

  61. City of Amarillo names Jason Mays new fire chief

    ...Department for over 20 years, serving in various different roles, including Deputy chief of Operations. City Manager Jared Miller said the City conducted extensive search for the next fire chief. “Jason Mays...

  62. Coronavirus help is available and planned for Fort Worth businesses

    ...business to take on debt.” The Fort Worth Local Development Corporation, which is made up entirely by the City Council, is expected to approve small loan options for businesses looking to fill a gap in revenue...

  63. All Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD schools closed through April 17; free lunch pick ups once a week

    ...Articles Dallas require hospitals to provide reports on ventilators, bed capacity for COVID-19 Mayor Eric Johnson on Monday issued a new set of emergency regulations that require hospitals to report...

  64. City of Houston establishes coronavirus disaster fund

    ...COVID-19-related is how those funds will be used, and we do expect all those funds to be reimbursable," Mayor Sylvester Turner said. In March, the city declared a state of disaster, which clears red tape for...

  65. Montgomery County judge debunks martial law declaration

    “There is no martial law,” Keough posted on social media. “The current stay at home order still allows our citizens to freely conduct essential business as defined by the governors order from yesterday afternoon. It also allows for essential...

  66. Fort Bend officials report smooth first day at sole county-supported COVID-19 testing site

    ...Marie D. De Jesús, Staff photographer 10of31Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, left, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, right, with others hold a COVID-19 news conference at Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy...

  67. Buda daycares re-open following amended order

    Buda Mayor George Haehn has amended his previous order that closed daycare centers within the city. The amended order mirrors the current “Stay Home, Work Safe” order put into place by Hays County Judge...

  68. Amy Giannini joins Pflugerville as assistant city manager

    Amy Giannini has joined the city of Pflugerville as assistant city manager, the city announced in a March 30 news release. A licensed civil engineer, Giannini has served for 14 years in public and private engineering sectors, per the release....

  69. UPDATE: Cedar Park restaurant offering free sack lunches to children

    Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge in Cedar Park is giving away free sack lunches to local children, according to general manager Bobby Joe Hernandez. The giveaways will take place at noon Tuesday-Friday until lunches run out. Leander ISD on weekdays...

  70. Clarksville officials consider appointing sheriff over police department

    ...the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has an interlocal agreement for the arrangement, Mount Vernon City Manager Tina Rose said. “He’s like our sheriff, too,” she said. “We’ve had the contract for about...

  71. Arlington closes public playgrounds and workout stations

    ...your exercise in but keep that social distancing,” said Mike Drivdahl with Fort Worth Fire. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said he doesn’t really want to close the parks and trails but warned the city will start...

  72. City of Leon Valley adjusts ordinance to allow in-person church worship

    ...cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing of 6 feet or more. The Leon Valley City Council will be updating our ordinance soon to include this new verbiage, but we wanted everyone to...

  73. Baker Hughes retasks 3D printers to make anti-coronavirus gear

    Houston oilfield service company Baker Hughes is joining the ranks of manufacturers using spare or idled 3D printers to make protective gear to for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. ...The printers, which can run 24...

  74. New Port of Corpus Christi Commissioner Dr. Bryan Gulley Sworn In

    ...commissioner serves a three-year staggered term. Three commissioners are appointed by the Corpus Christi City Council; three commissioners are appointed by the Nueces County Commissioners Court; and one is appointed...

  75. City of Eagle Pass and Maverick County Approve Stay at Home Emergency Order Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    The City of Eagle Pass City Council and Maverick County Commissioners Court approved a Declaration of Disaster Public Health Emergency Resolution at respectively called Emergency Meetings of both local governments on March 31, 2020 to establish a...

  76. City of Bullard encouraging people to give thanks to essential workers

    ...display decorative hearts on their front doors and windows with positive messages of thanks. Bullard Mayor Pam Frederick said the initiative was created to bring the community together and let those working...

  77. Mayor Hale signs Disaster Declaration

    A Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency has been issued by Mayor Karen Hale for the City of Plantersville. This declaration authorizes the city to take any action...

  78. City council tests virtual meetings

    The Sulphur Springs city council has been testing out the Zoom application in the hopes of continuing to hold city council meetings while undergoing shutdown during COVID-19. On Friday, members of the ...

  79. City council to hold remote meeting

    A regular city council meeting will be held via teleconference and video conference Thursday at 1 p.m. to discuss items regarding the city’s action plan for COVID-19. Council will discuss and possibly act upon a temporary ordinance authorizing...

  80. City Corner

    The news continues to be challenging with fresh developments in the coronavirus situation almost daily. The City of Mason is working with the County, law enforcement, medical personnel and EMS to provide the best guidance for our community and we...

  81. COVID-19 testing comes to Kyle

    Drive-up testing for the COVID-19 virus could be available as early as this week for people with a doctor’s order requesting one. Kyle is one of five locations where the testing will be available, Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) announced on Monday.

  82. State law makes mayor, county judge responsible for COVID-19 decisions

    In accordance with state law, Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy and County Judge Ben Zeller are responsible for disaster-related decisions, including those related to epidemics. "We have to have a decision. It could be bad not to. .. At the end of the day...

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