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As of 10 a.m. March 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have tracked approximately 23 total cases of the virus and 0 deaths in the State of Texas (see https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus).
City Manager Chris Coffman said, “We have formed a Coronavirus Task Force comprised of County Judge, Ron Massingill; Granbury Mayor, Nin Hulett; Hood County Health Official, Dr. David Blocker MD, MPH; GISD President, Mark Jackson, GISD Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Glenn; Hood County Emergency Management Coordinator, Jay Webster; and Granbury City Manager, Chris Coffman CPM. This task force is in daily communications with other local, state and federal health agencies as we continue to monitor the situation.”
Coffman continued, “We are updating our response plans to the community as needed,” he said. The common message is how best to protect yourself and prevent the spread.
Officials are encouraging residents to practice every day preventative measures to help reduce the possibility of spreading the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is America’s agency that works to protect us from public health threats like coronavirus (see
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html). The Texas Department of State Health Services is the best place to visit regarding the coronavirus impacts in Texas (see https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/. You should revisit these sites regularly for updates.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
There is no treatment for coronavirus and there is not a vaccine to help protect you, according to health officials, so the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus entirely by practicing good hygiene regularly and staying home if you feel sick. Seek medical advice from your doctor if needed.
Coronavirus symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
This news release will be on the City’s website at www.granbury.org, and other updates will follow. If you have questions or concerns, please send those to our communications department at firstname.lastname@example.org.