Covid-19 reported in Wilbarger County

Update: Two new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Wilbarger County. Both are family members of the first case, reported last week. One is currently hospitalized at WGH. The first confirmed case of Covid-19 has been made official by Wichita Falls and Wilbarger County health officials.  The Wilbarger County resident was tested in Wichita County…

Governor Abbott Waives Regulations, Expands Telehealth Options

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily waived a series of regulations to lift certain telehealth restrictions and expand telehealth options as Texas responds to COVID-19. These waivers will allow a smart phone or any audio-visual, real-time, or two-way interactive communication system to qualify as a telecommunications technology that can be used to provide certain…

Emergency SNAP benefits approved

Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday announced that Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide more than $168 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to help Texans during the COVID-19 response. HHS received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients…

Governor Abbott temporarily allows Notary Public via videoconference

Governor Greg Abbott has suspended certain statutes concerning appearance before a notary public to execute a self-proved will, a durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, a directive to physician, or an oath of an executor, administrator, or guardian. These suspensions temporarily allow for appearance before a notary public via videoconference when executing such…

Sen. Perry hosting tele-town hall Wednesday on coronavirus

State Senator Charles Perry will host a telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus and its effect on West Texas. ” I hope you are staying safe and healthy during these difficult times. I know many of you have questions regarding COVID-19 and what the state is doing to respond to the…

Texas State Parks Temporarily Close to the Public

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations…

Governor Abbott Waives Certain Regulations To Expand Health Care Workforce During COVID-19 Response

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily waived certain regulations to expand the health care workforce to assist with Texas’ COVID-19 response. Under this waiver, Physician Assistants (PA), Medical Physicists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Care candidates for licensure who have completed all other requirements may enter the workforce under a​n emergency license working under supervision prior…

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…