DeWitt County issues Local Disaster Declaration COVID-19

Still no need to panic

DEWITT COUNTY, Texas- DeWitt County Judge Fowler has issued a local disaster declaration on Friday, March 13, 2020, according to a statement released by the DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management.  The reason for this was to be able to have the ability to request additional resources if they are needed.

Disaster declarations will be issued by cities in DeWitt and other counties.

WHEREAS on this 13th day of March 2020 the County of DeWitt is under imminent threat of infiltration of an infectious respiratory disease into the population that could create a shortage of emergency medical services or other resources, as well as human injury arising from the spread of the COVID-19 virus…

Emergency Management Coordinator, Cyndi Smith insists that the Local Disaster Declaration is not meant to cause alarm. “While wording of “imminent threat” may be scary, this is wording that is required for this document.  As the first paragraph states “that COULD create of shortage”, there is no shortage at this time of any medical supplies needed to keep the community safe.”

Smith reminds the community that there is no need to stockpile supplies.  There is no nationwide shortage.  The shortage has been created by the public due to fear. While the stock is low or out in some stores, the supplies will be restocked as soon as possible.

The entire Local Disaster Declaration is available on the DeWitt County Website.

Please use the same precautions as you would for any flu or virus. Wash your hands, cover your cough/sneeze, if you are sick, stay home and limit your contact with other people.  This will assist with preventing other from getting sick.

If you feel you have the COVID-19 and need to go to the doctor, the hospital or need an ambulance, call and let them know why you are coming and that you feel you have the COVID-19 virus.

DeWitt County Office of Emergency Management is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to answer questions to share proper information.

Read the Local Disaster Declaration COVID-19 here.