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…

Vernon issues local Disaster declaration

CITY OF VERNON, TEXAS MAYORAL DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARSCoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and WHEREAS, the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe…

Gov. Abbott announces restaurants, bars and school to be closed at least through April 3

Gov. Greg 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 announced an executive order that will limit social gatherings to 10 people, prohibit eating and drinking at restaurants and bars while…

WGH Implementing Tighter Restrictions

Wilbarger General Hospital continues to focus on preparation efforts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following suggested infection prevention protocols and guidance from the CDC. As recommended by the CDC and out of caution, we are implementing visitor restrictions and close monitoring of all individuals who enter the hospital. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, all visitors…