Wilbarger General Hospital has limited supplies if virus confirmed

During the Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, the board was informed that the hospital has 30 days of supplies for normal operation. As soon as a patient is verified to have COVID-19 they expect that amount to be cut in half to 15 days. There are currently no confirmed cases in the county, but…

Governor Abbott, TDHCA take initial action to secure financial housing assistance

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) have taken initial action to provide tenant-based rental assistance for Texans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The Governor has waived statutes relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME Investments Partnership program which would allow Texas greater…

Statewide executive order goes into effect Thursday, schools shut til May

Governor Greg Abbott Monday issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for…

Wilbarger County offices operating by appointment only

Wilbarger County offices will now be operating by appointment only.  Access to the courthouse will be limited after the Wilbarger County Commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the coronavirus. Judge Greg Tyra asked the Commissioners Court to ratify a declaration of emergency last Monday, which he had proclaimed earlier. The declaration would expire…

Runoff election delayed

Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation postponing the runoff primary election until July 14, 2020 — the same date as the special election for Texas State Senate District 14. The runoff election was originally scheduled for May 26th, but has been postponed in conjunction with the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.…

Restaurants struggle to stay open

Vernon restaurants and the Vernon Plaza movie theater are facing an unprecedented challenge after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order closing them. Gov. Abbott, on Thursday, issued an executive order that will close restaurants and schools, among other things to combat the spread of the coronavirus. During a news conference at the state Capitol, Abbott…

County schools grapple with changing conditions

Wilbarger County schools will be shut down this week, with plans to offer online distance learning, starting March 30 as well as meals to students. The details on how that will work are still being ironed out this week by school staff. The rapidly shifting conditions have created nightmares for local schools trying to develop…

WGH can do virus testing, has plan in place

Dr. Travis Lehman updated government and school officials at several meetings during the week. “We have testing supplies now available at the hospital. So, we are ready to test any patient that needs testing as long as they meet certain guidelines that indicate they need testing as supplies are somewhat limited,” Dr. Lehman said. “As…

Vernon limiting access to City Hall

The City of Vernon released the following statement: “The coronavirus outbreak may cause some of our citizens to experience financial difficulty due to illness, quarantine, or disruption from work. Temporarily, the city will be closing City Hall to public access.  This action is being taken to better protect our staff and citizens from the COVID-19…

Gov. Abbott discusses his declaration closing restaurants

Jonathon Tillove Austin American Statesman Texas Pool Reporter Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Thursday to discuss is declaration closing restaurants, bars and schools. He was joined by Texas Health Service director, Dr. John Hellerstedt, who was seated to Abbott’s right. and Texas Department of Emergency Management, led by Chief Nim Kidd, seated…