A summary of the most important local updates this week related to COVID-19:
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- Monday, April 13: There are twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County, of which eight are listed as recovered. The most recent appears to be a case of "community transmission," but so far it remains unknown where in Boerne the transmission occurred.
- Tuesday, April 14: The City of Boerne recommends that all persons over five years of age wear cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when in public places. The city publishes a list of recommendations about use of face coverings, and also refers to this information from the CDC.
- Wednesday, April 15: The City of Boerne extends its emergency declaration until April 30. Non-essential businesses will remain closed until that date. There are 14 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Kendall County, of which 11 are travel-related; two are from close contact with travelers; one is from community transmission; and eight are considered recovered. None of the 14 cases has required hospitalization. All active cases are being monitored by DSHS.
- Friday, April 17: Texas Governor Greg Abbott issues executive orders to begin the processes of reopening businesses and other functions in Texas communities. Although all public and private schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, other businesses will be permitted to reopen under very specific conditions.
Video updates by Boerne mayor Tim Handren:
- Wednesday, April 15: Mayor Tim Handren is joined by Deputy City Manager Jeff Thompson to discuss how the city is preparing for the financial impacts from COVID-19. The mayor also addresses the information he is relying on in regards to why he wants everyone to wear a facial covering while out in public if social distancing guidelines can't be guaranteed.
- Wednesday, April 15: Mayor Handren is joined with Jeff Fincke as they discuss the new ways they are hoping to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Boerne after our first reported case of community-spread. One of the biggest changes will require people to wear face coverings while out in public settings if social distancing can’t be safely followed.
- Friday, April 17: Mayor Tim Handren addressed how businesses will be able to re-open in the coming days following Gov. Greg Abbott's declarations on Friday.