March 13, 2020
COVID-19: 6th positive case confirmed; Boerne City Lake Park closed
The Kendall County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Boerne reports its sixth case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community. Local leaders were notified on Friday of the additional positive tests. Additional information about these most recent cases is not available. As we previously released, the first two positive cases in our community were travel-related.
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. Additional information about this most recent case is not available. As we previously released, the first two positive cases in our community were travel-related.
Judge Darrel Lux and Mayor Tim 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.
We have set up a City email for the community to be able to ask questions and get our responses about specific COVID-19 related actions being taken here in our area. Email us at COVID19@boerne-tx.gov.
Tim Handren, Mayor of Boerne, TX, also amended his emergency declaration for a third time.
On March 20, Tim Handren, Mayor of Boerne, TX amended his emergency health declaration that abides by the governor's order, but also adds some additional restrictions. We know this is a difficult time for many, but these coming weeks will be vital. Please stay home, please don't congregate in public places. These additional measures are being taken with everyone's safety in mind.
On Thursday, March 19, Governor Greg Abbott's Office announced that all Texas school would remain closed until April 3. He also stopped restaurants and bars statewide from offering a "dine-in" option. The governor is also limiting social gatherings to no more that 10 people.
He encouraged everyone to follow all CDC guidelines related to personal hygiene and social distancing.
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.
Local leaders continue working together, along with other local and state agencies, about the COVID-19 situation.
On Monday, the White House released guidelines for all Americans to follow and Boerne Mayor Tim Handren issued a emergency health declaration. It encourages people to listen to local and state authorities
Stay home if feeling sick, if someone in your household test positive, if you are older and stay away from other people, and avoid others and stay home if you have an underlying health issue
People are also asked to work from home
Not visit nursing or long-term health facilities
Practice good hygiene
Avoid discretionary travel, social gathers and shopping trips
On Saturday morning, a group of 40 representatives from the Kendall County, City of Boerne, the City of Fair Oaks Ranch, Boerne ISD, emergency management and law enforcement officials, health care and first responders, the Boerne Chamber, Boerne Kendall County EDC, HEB and Walmart came together at Boerne’s City Hall to discuss the most recent information related to COVID-19.
This group is unified on strategies to prevent the spread of the virus in our community and continues to actively monitor all area, state, and federal actions related to this emerging community health threat. With the rapidly changing information regarding this virus, going forward, representatives from these groups will coordinate daily and release updated information that impacts area residents.
You will see messages coming through every avenue that can be used: websites, Facebook, emails, etc.
A couple of key messages we want everyone in our community to know:
There is no reason to panic about the current situation.
All of us take this COVID-19 threat very seriously and we implore people to remain calm.
We will remain vigilant and engaged with health officials daily until this situation passes.
We are committed to frequent, consistent and proactive communication to our community members.
At the moment we are not in an emergency situation status.
We endorse the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as the key source of information on how to handle COVID-19.
We all are operating on a daily basis as we have, with some modifications to our procedures.
None of us know exactly what the next few weeks will hold, but we are monitoring and responding to the hourly changes as quickly as possible.
There will be continuous communications about our plans to the entire community.
This situation has, without a doubt, changed our lives in the short run. We all believe that staying calm and responding in a cohesive fashion as a strong community, we can support each other through this to a successful conclusion.