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Local weekly update #1 on COVID-19

A summary of the most important local updates this week related to COVID-19:

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  • Thursday, March 12: Kendall County issues an advisory about coronavirus.
    • The County is monitoring the situation, with various public health agencies and the City of Boerne.
    • The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing, by personal contact like shaking hands, or by touching an object or surface that has the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
    • Precautions to prevent transmission include handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands, avoiding contact with sick people, covering coughs or sneezes with disposable tissues and throwing them away, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly-touched surfaces
  • Friday, March 13: Boerne ISD announces that schools will be closed from March 16-20.
  • Monday, March 16: Kendall County issues a local disaster declaration, and the City of Boerne issues an emergency declaration. Among other things, they prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people [see video of announcement]
  • Tuesday, March 17: Boerne ISD provides additional information about closures, distance learning and meal pickup services.
  • Thursday, March 19: Boerne ISD announces that its schools will remain closed through April 3. Also, Comfort ISD announces its schools will remain closed through April 3.
  • Friday, March 20: Officials announce two cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County.
    • New emergency declarations are issued by Kendall County and by the City of Boerne. In both:
      • Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited
      • Eating in restaurants and bars is prohibited, but drive-thru and carryout options are encouraged
      • Residents are asked not to visit nursing homes unless to provide an essential service 
    • During the emergency, the City will not cut off electric or water utility services for nonpayment [see video]
  • Saturday, March 21: Boerne mayor Tim Handren answers questions about the emergency declaration in this video.


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