City of Georgetown issues local disaster declaration

The declaration allows the city to allocate resources to help prevent spread of the disease. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
The declaration allows the city to allocate resources to help prevent spread of the disease. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The declaration allows the city to allocate resources to help prevent spread of the disease. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Georgetown declared a local state of disaster March 14 to limit the development and spread of the novel coronoavirus, according to a news release.

The declaration follows disaster declarations by the president of the United States, the Texas governor and the Williamson County judge, and is based on information provided by public health agencies, the release stated.


Neither Georgetown nor Williamson County have confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the declaration allows the city to allocate resources to help prevent spread of the disease. Neighboring Travis County has three cases.

“Like our partners at the county, state and federal levels, we are working to ensure the safety of our community,” Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said in the release. “Right now, that means trying to limit larger gatherings and making sure we have the resources we need to prepare and respond here in Georgetown. The best things you can do are wash your hands and stay home if you are sick. If you do feel ill, please contact your health care provider before coming to a facility."

The city is in daily communication with public health, city and county officials across the region and asked residents to practice recommended everyday practices to prevent the spread of the disease such as washing of hands and frequent cleaning of touched objects and surfaces, according to the release.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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