Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19



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Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

My position on any of those orders is that I want to respect what the governor does statewide. I don't see us being in the same position as some of the urban counties,” Oakley said at the regular Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting, which was simulcast via Facebook and Google. “The Lampasas order was an interesting one to me and one I did not see coming, but each county and city can do what they want to do.

Burnet County now has a positive case (of COVID-19) and I would just assume that anyone you come in contact with now has the virus and I would urge everyone to continue to practice social distancing.”

In the wake of Burnet County's first confirmed COVID-19 test, the Burnet County Health Authority has important advice for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to coronavirus or may be suffering from the illness: Stay home. …

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