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As information continues to evolve, we remain committed to keeping our community informed with a brief timeline of events as they have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MARCH 23: All adults in Texas will be eligible for vaccination starting on Monday, March 29. The EVAP decided that it was time to open up vaccination to everyone who falls under the FDA’s EUA for the available vaccines in order to vaccinate as many Texans as possible. Vaccine providers have also been asked to prioritize people 80 years old or older when scheduling appointments and to accommodate anyone in that age group who comes to the provider for vaccination by immediately moving them to the front of the line. Providers can continue to prioritize people in Phases 1A – 1C and school and child care workers if they have people in those groups on their waiting lists.
MARCH 10: DHSH released the following information regarding Phase 1C. It includes people ages 50 to 64 who become eligible for vaccination on March 15. The EVAP recommended adding this group because the data shows that 20% of deaths from COVID-19 in Texas were in people between 50 – 64 years old. As you know, people 65 and older, which account for 73% of deaths from COVID-19, became eligible to get vaccinated in Phase 1B. Adding people 50 and older means that the age groups that account for 93% of the deaths in Texas are now eligible for vaccination.
MARCH 3: The Texas Department of State Health Services today notified all vaccine providers that they should immediately include school and child care workers in vaccine administration. The federal directive defined the people eligible as “those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.” This action does not change the other groups prioritized for vaccination in Texas. Providers are encouraged to continue their efforts to vaccinate older adults since the burden of COVID-19 falls most severely on people age 65 and older.
MARCH 2: Gov. Greg Abbott announced today that effective next Wednesday, March 10, his executive orders regarding business capacity and statewide mask mandate will terminate. He continued to encourage everyone to continue to maintain the basic tenants that help prevent the spread of COVID-19: wash your hands, maintain social distance and wear a mask if you can’t maintain a safe distance from someone not in your household.
FEB. 24: UPDATE: COVID-19 vaccine sign-up for February 26 is closed; all appointments were filled in 6 MINUTES. If you were unable to get scheduled for an appointment, please do not show up to the vaccination site. There will be no walk-ins or on-site registration available and we cannot switch appointments for other people not registered. We have more vaccine on order and when the Texas Department of Emergency Management sends us more doses, we will open another registration opportunity.
FEB. 23: Kendall County EMS has received 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. This Friday (Feb. 26, 2021), we will host another COVID-19 vaccine drive for people getting their FIRST SHOT. Now before that can happen, we are asking folks to sign up online and schedule an appointment. We committed to doing things differently and incorporate what we learned after the first sign up, so we are.
HERE IS THE LINK: https://boerne.jotform.com/210497228072960
While there will be a link on the city’s website, we are also putting it out right now. Please note, it is not active right now, but at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2021) it will go live. Once the spots are filled, we will disable the link. We believe this format will allow us to avoid the web issues we faced two weeks ago. Please remember to share with your neighbors who might not be on social media or receive our websites. Also, please offer to help them sign-up if you have a few minutes to set aside tomorrow morning.
FEB. 9: COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups are scheduled to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m., with a planned vaccination on Friday for all appointments. Between the city and Kendall County we have 500 doses of vaccine available, and we anticipate filling the appointments in a matter of minutes. If you are unable to get scheduled for an appointment, please do not show up to the vaccination site. There will be no walk-ins or on-site registration available.
FEB. 8: the Texas Dept. of State Health Services posted the week 9 COVID-19 vaccine allocation. It indicates that both the city and Kendall County EMS will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine. We have not received any additional information and continue to coordinate with our state partners so we can release that information to you. H-E-B Boerne and My Urgent Care Boerne were non included in the week 9 distribution list and will not receive any new first-dose shipments of vaccine.
FEB. 2: CVS has announced it will begin scheduling appointments at some of its Texas locations, including some in San Antonio. The company has not provided which locations will be providing the vaccine. People will be able to make appointments at CVS.com or through the CVS app as early as Feb. 9. Those without online access can call the customer service line at 800-746-7287 to schedule an appointment beginning on that date. Please note, walk-in appointments will not be provided.
JAN 27: As of January 27, 2021, the three current providers in Kendall County – H-E-B, My Urgent Care Boerne, and Kendall County EMS – have allocated all the vaccines they have received and are awaiting to get additional shipments. The city of Boerne has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine distributor, however, WE HAVE NOT RECIEVED ANY DOSES TO ADMINISTER AT THIS TIME. One of the ways we will communicate the latest information is by sending emails to people who have signed up for our monthly E-Newsletter. Sign up today and get the most up to date and accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine in our community as it becomes available.
JAN 20: We continue to work with state officials as we attempt to establish a COVID-19 vaccine hub in Boerne/Kendall County. While we await the state's decision, we would like to let people know there is a hub site in Fredericksburg at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.
JAN. 14: The city has established a phoneline people can call if they are unable to find answers to their questions online. The number is 830-331-9990.
JAN. 11: City and county leaders are frequently meeting with providers regarding the most current information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. We remain committed to working with state leaders on implementing their vaccine plan and informing you as the information becomes available -- it is subject to change as the situation progresses, so please check back often. IF the county or providers located in Kendall County receive additional doses, we will let you know. We continue to encourage people to contact their local primary care physician to see if they are working with the state to be approved to administer the vaccine, but please be patient as they are receiving a high volume of people requesting the same information. Today, Gov. Abbott also held a press conference to discuss vaccine rollout across Texas. Click here to watch it in its entirety.
JAN 8: In following our COVID-19 protocols, our Utilities Customer Service windows will remain closed and staff members will work from home for the next several days. Since all employees are required to wear masks when interacting with coworkers and the public and there are glass partitions between customer service representatives and residents, we believe the risk of exposure to the public is low. Disinfecting of the area will occur before staff returns to work. Due to the change in on-site staffing we ask for the public’s patience during this time. Payments can still be made online, over the phone or at the drop box located in the City Hall parking lot.
San Antonio and MetroHealth have established another vaccination site at the Alamodome. Click here to register.
JAN. 4: Nearly 400 members of the community were able to receive their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today at Kronkosky Place. By tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 5, both Kendall County providers will have used all the initial doses of the vaccine they have received. Once more is available, we will update our information.
DEC 30: DSHS has provided the following definitions for Phase 1A and 1B vaccine allocation.
DEC 29: Following Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-32, Kendall County bars must close temporarily and local businesses are required to reduce their capacities to 50%. In addition, all elective surgeries are temporarily suspended. These restrictions will remain in place until Trauma Service Area P, which includes Kendall County, is below a 15% hospitalization rate for seven consecutive days.
DEC 23: The city of Boerne COVID-19 task force will be working with the Kendall County office of Emergency Mgmt and the State to provide accurate information on vaccine distribution plans for Kendall County residents. Until we have clear details, people should contact their primary care physicians or their preferred pharmacy to find out when vaccines will be available to their patients and clients. Read Gov. Abbott's announcement here.
DEC. 16: The testing that was being performed at Northrup Park will move to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Dec. 21.
DEC 2: Beginning Monday, December 7, MD Toxicology Group from San Antonio will begin providing COVID-19 testing at Northrup Park here in Boerne. Learn more here
OCT 30: We are sad to announce that the scaled-down Dickens on Main city staff had been working toward is canceled, as is our annual Weihnachts Parade. As Mayor Tim Handren and the majority of City Council members noted earlier this week, COVID-19 is increasing once again, and it would not be appropriate to host events that bring 10,000-15,000 people in a compact area.
OCT 20: Kendall County Judge Darrel Lux has officially opted in to allow bars in Kendall County re-open tomorrow. Capacity limits will apply to indoor areas and face coverings and social distancing is expected.
OCT 8: Governor Abbott released GA-32 and Executive Order allowing bars to reopen with up to 50% capacity if the county judge opts in for those local establishments.
SEPT. 28: There will be a mask giveaway on Oct. 3 at the Kendall County Fair Grounds and Comfort High School from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event is open to small business owners, medical professionals and restaurants located in Kendall County.
SEPT. 17: Governor Abbott held a press conference today to update the public on strategies to open a bit more of Texas. Highlights include allowing 75% capacity at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and more starting September 21. Bars must remain closed. He is allowing elective medical procedures to resume now and visitors can visit their loved ones in long term care facilities beginning September 24 (unless the facility has a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak).
SEPT. 8: After an employee tested positive for COVID-19 we have adjust operations at City Hall. Since we have limited staff in the building the walk-up customer service windows are closed for the time being.
SEPT. 2 - In case you missed it, Boerne City Lake Park will be closed this weekend. It reopens at 7am on Tuesday morning.
JULY 31: It has been 21 weeks since we began our COVID-19 response. We will continue to provide updates on local activities, available testing, and news from the Governor's office. The Department of State Health Services is tracking data and reporting information to the Kendall County of office of Emergency Management. The timeliness and accuracy of the case count in Kendall County continues to be a challenge but we are working together to put out the best information available from DSHS. Today's data shows 0 active cases in Kendall County, 177 recoveries and 1 death. Visit this link for more information.
JULY 22: Mayor Handren and BISD Superintendent Tommy Price had a video conversation about COVID-19 and the school district's choice plans for the new school year.
JULY 16: There will be free drive through COVID-19 testing at the City of Fair Oaks Ranch on Friday 7/17 and Saturday 7/18 from 9am -5pm. Pre-registration is required to get an appointment.
JULY 15: Mayor Handren joined a host of other mayor's from Texas small and mid-size cities in issuing a letter to Governor Abbott requesting his support for the equitable distribution of federal funds to stimulate economic recovery. Read the letter here
JULY 8: We regret to announce that Boerne’s public swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season. Private club swim team practice is still going on however. Mayor Tim Handren also announced that the July 14 City Council meeting will be held by ZOOM, so join in from the comfort of your own home or office next Tuesday.
JULY 2: The Governor is now mandating that every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.
JUNE 30: Starting Friday, July 3, 2020, the County Judge Darrel Lux and Mayor Handren will require some large retailers in the city and county mandate their customers wear facial coverings while doing business inside the store. Both men have been in communication with management at H-E-B, Walmart, Home Depot and Love’s Travel Stop and they support this move. Both men also encourage all businesses in Kendall County to adopt a similar policy. This order will also apply to employees and visitors at both the city and county’s public facilities.
JUNE 29: The Kendall County case count is now 49 confirmed cases with 42 full recoveries. Several cases are under investigation as a result of the testing over the last 2 weeks. None of the Kendall County cases have required hospitalization. THE 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW IS CANCELLED IN BOERNE.
JUNE 26: Effective immediately, bars in Texas are allowed to offer curbside pick-up and delivery ONLY.
JUNE 25: To be consistent with the Texas Governor’s limits on gatherings, the Movie in the Park tomorrow, 6/26, is canceled. Boerne City Lake Park is also closed on June 27-28 and July 3-5. The Lake Park is open 5 am-10 pm during the week, except on Friday, July 3.
JUNE 22: Current case count: 46 total cases; 36 recovered; 10 active and being investigated. No hospitalizations to date.
Mobile testing is being held on Friday, June 26 at Champion HS. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT by calling 512-883-2400 or online at www.txcovidtest.org
JUNE 18: There is one active case currently in Kendall County as reported by the Department of State Health Services to the Kendall County Emergency Management Office. All previously reported cases are listed as fully recovered. We do know there may be other positive cases in the area, and in most cases they are people who reside in Bexar, Comal, or another surrounding county. When a person tests positive, their case is reported to the county they reside in.
JUNE 16: GREAT NEWS!!! There are currently ZERO active cases in Boerne/Kendall County; all 36 confirmed cases to date have recovered. With additional testing coming up on Friday and next week there may be new cases added in the near future.
JUNE 15: A free Coronavirus testing station is being set up at the Kendall County EMS station on North Main this Friday, June 19. Drive through testing will be from 9am- 4pm. NO appointment is necessary.
JUNE 12: Today’s case count stands at 37 confirmed cases throughout Kendall County. Since March, there have been 21 cases in the Boerne city limits; 14 cases in other areas of Kendall County and 2 cases in the Fair Oaks area that is in Kendall County. Currently 34 of these cases are completely recovered and 3 active cases are being monitored by the State Department of Health Services. No hospitalizations have been required.
JUNE 9: New case added - the COVID-19 case count now stands at 36 total cases with 8 active and 28 recovered. Testing of patients and staff has been completed at the nursing homes in Boerne. We should have results within the next 2 weeks.
JUNE 5: The Kendall County office of emergency management is showing the case count for Kendall County to be 34 cases with 26 of these completely recovered and 8 active cases which are being monitored by the state department of health services.
JUNE 4: Because there is more testing going on, especially at nursing homes, the Kendall County case count has risen to 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. There are currently 7 actively monitored cases and 26 fully recovered cases. Once again there have been no hospitalizations required for any of these cases.
Governor Abbott released the Phase 3 Open Texas guidelines on Wednesday. Learn more at this link: https://open.texas.gov/
JUNE 1: The Kendall County case count is now 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 5 cases are active with 26 cases fully recovered.
May 27: The Kendall County Emergency Management office reports that we now have 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. There are 7 active cases and 23 recovered cases. The newest cases are mostly related to the increased testing of staff and patients in nursing homes as mandated by the Texas Governor. Not one of the cases in our area have required hospitalization.
May 20: We currently have 5 active, and being monitored, COVID-19 cases in Kendall County with 19 previous cases listed as recovered. Of the 24 total cases to date, 11 have been in the city limits, 12 in county areas, and 1 in Fair Oaks Ranch. No hospitalizations have been needed.
MAY 18: During Governor Abbott’s press conference today, he announced Phase 2 Open Texas rules
The Kendall County case count has increased to 23 total confirmed cases; 19 have fully recovered and 4 are being actively monitored by DSHS. No cases have required hospitalization.
MAY 13: The Kendall County case count now stands at 20 with 2 active cases and 18 recovered cases. As a reminder, no cases have been hospitalized and the active cases in self-quarantine are monitored by the Department of State Health Services.
MAY 6: We received notice today of another confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kendall County. We stand at 19 total cases with 3 active/16 recovered.
If you’ve got questions about the Open Texas rules and requirements for individuals, businesses, churches, restaurants, salons and more - visit this helpful link
MAY 5: Today we were notified by DSHS of an additional confirmed case in Kendall County, with one of the previous active cases now listed as recovered. The current status for Kendall County is 2 active cases with 16 fully recovered cases. Overall we have had a total of 11 confirmed cases in the city limits; 6 cases in county areas and 1 in the Kendall County portion of Fair Oaks Ranch. None of these cases needed hospitalization.
MAY 4: The Boerne Strong Stimulus Program for our city’s small businesses has launched. The Kendall County case count has increased by 1 as of today 5/4. We now stand at 17 total cases with 2 being active and 15 cases fully recovered. This new case involves another employee from the Cibolo Creek Nursing and Rehab Center.
APRIL 29: The City Council approved an amended disaster declaration at last night’s meeting to bring all of the City’s rules for Reopening Boerne into alignment with the Governor’s Open Texas orders from Monday. While retailers, restaurants, and some services can reopen with certain restrictions, gyms, hair and nail salons, and bars are to remain closed to the public until further notice. Restaurants and retailers can begin opening to the public on Friday, May 1 but must continue to follow CDC guidelines and specific occupancy regulations.
APRIL 28: Boerne and Kendall County has been selected as to host a free mobile COVID-19 testing station will be set up at Champion High School on Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting on Wednesday, April 29 people can call 512-883-2400, or go to “txcovidtest.org”, to be screened and to get an appointment for a time to be tested. Testing will not be provided to people who just drive up to the testing site. Test are conducted by appointment only. A screening process will be in place and administered by State Health Department personnel trained to gather information and assess symptoms which could suggest that a person should be tested for COVID-19.
APRIL 27: Governor Abbott has issued new Executive Orders along with a Texas Strike Force. The Kendall County COVID-19 case count still stands at 16 confirmed cases; 2 cases are active and 14 cases have fully recovered.
APRIL 24: We have been notified of another confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kendall County. This brings the total case count to 16; 2 are currently active and being monitored while 14 have recovered. No Kendall County cases have required hospitalization.
APRIL 23: Mayor Tim Handren updated the City’s emergency declaration orders, effective 4/24/20, allowing non-essential businesses in the city limits to "reopen" as long as specific rules are followed. "Reopened Services" may provide services to customers by mail, by curbside pickup, by delivery to the customer’s doorstep, or by in-store appointments as long as employees follow CDC guidelines for physical social distancing, sanitation, and wearing of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The update was issued to clarify the implementation of our local disaster declaration. In some cases, businesses have been told they cannot "reopen" per authority and regulation outside the City’s purview. The City’s action did not release individual business owners from regulations and responsibilities mandated by other agencies unique to their business operation such as the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Instead, we left the decision regarding running the business to the business owner.
APRIL 22: Boerne City Lake Park reopened today with day - use hours only, 9am-5pm and for KENDALL COUNTY AND BOERNE RESIDENTS ONLY. Park visitors are required to wear a face covering unless exercising; practice social distancing from others not in your family; groups are limited to 5 people or less. GATE CLOSES PROMPTLY AT 5PM.
APRIL 21: Two employees of the Cibolo Creek Health and Rehab Center have tested positive. One of these cases is a City of Boerne resident; the other is a Bexar County resident.
All staff have recently been tested as a proactive measure implemented by the facility. The two staff members, which were not showing any symptoms, are self-quarantined and being monitored by the Department of State Health Services. No patients at the facility are showing any symptoms and all are currently being tested.
APRIL 17: Governor Abbott issued updated executive orders today to begin the process of reopening parts of our Texas communities. Although all public and private schools are to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, other businesses will be allowed to open under very specific conditions. READ THE ORDER HERE. More details will be provided soon.
APRIL 15: The Boerne City Council approved the extension of the City’s emergency orders to April 30th. Non-essential businesses are to remain closed until then. We currently have 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County: 11 are travel related; 2 are close-contact; 1 is community spread; and 8 cases are considered recovered. None of the 14 cases have required hospitalization. Active cases are quarantined and being monitored by DSHS.
APRIL 14: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, we are recommending that all people over the age of 5 years wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place. Read the Cloth Face Covering FAQs (PDF) here.
APRIL 13: The City has received word that Boerne has its 12th confirmed case of COVID-19. This brings the total case count for Kendall County to 12 with 8 cases listed as "recovered". This new case appears to be community-spread but from where in Boerne is still unknown.
APRIL 11: Officials with DSHS confirm an 11th case of COVID-19, the sixth overall in the city of Boerne. In total, health officials say eight residents of Kendall County have recovered.
APRIL 9: A 10th travel-related COVID-19 case confirmed in Kendall County. The Boerne resident is under home-quarantine and being monitored by DSHS. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is now reporting the number of "recovered" COVID-19 cases across the state. Here in Kendall County we now have seven of our nine cases listed as recovered. While this is great news, we cannot let up on our efforts to stop the spread of this virus! This is especially true going into the Easter weekend when family and friends traditionally gather. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS STILL NEEDED AND CRITICAL TO STOPPING THE SPREAD IN OUR COMMUNITY.
APRIL 8: We’ve received word from the Texas Dept. of Heath and Human Services that of the nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County -- six are considered recovered. As of today, all the positive cases in our area have been travel-related or close contact spread & none of the people have been hospitalized.
APRIL 6: There are now nine cases of COVID-19 in Boerne/Kendall County. We can confirm four cases are in Boerne, four are in Kendall County and one is in Fair Oaks Ranch. Seven of the cases are travel related and one is close contact spread. This means there are currently no confirmed community spread cases. According to DSHS Region 8, five of the cases are considered active with four recoveries. None of the people who tested positive have been hospitalized.
APRIL 2: There are now eight cases of COVID-19 in Boerne/Kendall County.
APRIL 1: The Texas Department of State Health Services made Kendall County Emergency Management aware that during their investigation, one of the seven Kendall County patients who tested positive visited a local business within the City of Boerne. It is possible that individuals who visited the UPS Store at 215 W. Bandera on March 28 at approximately 12 noon may have been exposed. Read the 2nd amended City declaration here.
MARCH 31: Governor Abbott releases Executive Order GA-14 relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 crisis. View the UPDATED list here.
MARCH 30: The city and county received word that a seventh person in Kendall County has tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far there have been three cases in Boerne, three in the county and one in Fair Oaks Ranch.
MARCH 27: Emergency officials were notified of a 6th confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kendall County. Boerne City Lake Park is also now closed due to people gathering, which is strongly discouraged to prevent spreading this virus.
MARCH 25: The Kendall County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Boerne reports its third case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community. Local leaders were notified Wednesday of the positive test. The city of Boerne has created a list of frequently asked questions and helpful answers - click here
March 24: A message from Kendall County Judge Lux and Mayor Tim Handren:
Judge Lux and Mayor Handren have had continuous communications amid the growing concerns and cases of the COVID-19 virus. For nearly 2 weeks your City of Boerne and Kendall County leaders and emergency coordinators have been discussing the most appropriate responses and actions related to the COVID-19 health crisis. The City of Boerne is of course an urban area with the greatest potential for spreading COVID-19 throughout the community. The simple fact is that the problems being addressed in the entire county are different than the problems being addressed in the city limits of Boerne. The Mayor’s current orders apply in the Boerne city limits. We continue to approach this virus with the same determination to stop the spread of it. We are committed to working together throughout this period and will continue to be in tight communications.
MARCH 23: Mayor Tim Handren amended his public health emergency. Click here to read it, and see the list of essential services and personnel.
The City of Boerne has set up an email so people can ask questions about the City’s responses and community actions related to this COVID-19 public health crisis. Email us at [email protected]
MARCH 22: Governor Abbott issued another Executive Order related to hospital capacity.
MARCH 21: Mayor Handren addresses questions from the community about his updated declaration.
MARCH 20: Two people in Boerne/Kendall County tested positive for COVID-19. These are the only confirmed cases at this time.
Boerne Mayor Tim Handren issued a 2nd Public Health Emergency declaration for the City with additional restrictions. Read the March 20 Declaration (PDF) here. The Mayor also reminded people to remain calm and civil; prevent the spread, use common sense; and stay informed of the facts. All City supported utilities including electric, water, wastewater, and natural gas continue to operate with no disruption to Boerne Utilities customers.
SIGN RULES LOOSENED FOR LOCAL BUSINESS
To support local restaurants and foster creative solutions during these difficult times, the City of Boerne will waive enforcement of temporary signage with regard to advertising for curb-side pick-up and directional signage directing citizens to areas for safe pick-up. Please use your common sense when placing signage so that is does not create any visual impairment for vehicles and place signs securely, so they do not create a safety hazard. These signs that meet this criteria do not require a permit and may remain in place until the limit on gatherings is lifted.