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Governor Abbott Announces Additional Services And Activities That Can Open Under Phase II

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations…

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State recommends election protocols

AUSTIN – In consultation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Secretary of State’s Office, on Tuesday, released guidance on recommended health protocols for Texas election officials and voters in response to COVID-19. This guidance reflects the minimum recommended health protocols to help ensure the health and safety of all voters, election office…

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HHS confirms positive coronavirus case at North Texas State Hospital

The Texas department of Health and Human Service released the following information on Tuesday related to a positive Covid-19 case at North Texas State Hospital. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients and staff. We recently received confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 at the Vernon campus of North…

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Gov. Abbott says hair, nail salons can open Friday

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, held a press conference where announced that he is issuing an Executive Order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in…

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WGH board meeting on Thursday

The Wilbarger General Hospital board of directors will hold a regular board meeting on Thursday May 7 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held by phone due to COVID 19 precautions. Anyone wishing to attend may call in at 940-553-2800 and use the pin number 258036. An update on COVID 19 will be given…

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Wilbarger County to open on Friday

Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra received confirmation from the State late Thursday afternoon to allow most businesses and restaurants to open at 50 percent capacity. Vernon Fire Chief J.J. Oznick has visited all restaurants in the county to inform them what each individual capacity would be. City Manager Marty Mangum said that any restaurant considered…

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City commission approves street projects

During a regular business meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2019, the Vernon City Commission approved a bid from Freeman Construction in the amount of $379,970 for street seal coating and street repair work. Commissioner Justin Marsh voted against the item, citing concerns that the city’s  budget later this summer may be taxed due to coronavirus…

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Governor Abbott announces Phase One to open Texas, Wilbarger County restaurants and stores might open Friday at 50% capacity

Wilbarger County officials reported Tuesday that they are working to meet criteria that the State of Texas has set, in order to reopen some businesses and restaurants on Friday at 50 percent capacity. (check Wednesday’s print edition for more details). Governor Greg Abbott on Monday announced the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing…

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Mobile coronavirus test collection

Mobile Covid-19 test collection will occur in vernon on Tuesday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Vernon Public Library, located at 2810 Wilbarger Street. Wilbarger County Judge Greg Tyra said that the Texas Health and Human Services and Texas Department of State health Services are sponsoring the event, to ensure the…

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DHS responds to COVID-19 inquiry

The person was tested in Wichita County and they announced the case based on test results. The case was linked to an investigation of a case in Wichita County. When they began investigating this case, it was determined the person was a resident of Wilbarger County. Epidemiological investigations can take time depending on the complexity…

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