Refugio County judge issues Declaration of Local Disaster

REFUGIO COUNTY, Texas-A “Stay at Residence” order has been issued but he Refugio County Judge.

Refugio County is extending the Disaster Declaration issued on March 16 and now the county judge is issuing a public health order response to COVID-19.

In response to the imminent public health threat from the COVID-19 virus in Refugio County, the Refugio County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved on March 23, 2020 the continuation of the March 16, 2020 Disaster Declaration for Refugio County.

County Judge Robert Blaschke, in his role as Emergency Manager, is hereby issuing a Public Health Emergency Order. This Order will reinforce President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration and Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders issued to mitigate this rapidly evolving public health crisis.

Refugio County has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus to date. Read more about the number of confirmed cases in our region here.

The Order outlines a “stay at your residence” mandate and provides guidance and mandates to “essential” employers and their services/businesses consistent within Refugio County. The Order maintains requirements and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The Office of Emergency Management, County Judge’s Office, Mayor’s Offices from Refugio, Woodsboro, Austwell, and Bayside, Refugio County Memorial Hospital District, School Superintendents from Austwell/Tivoli, Refugio and Woodsboro, and other community leaders have been and will continue to monitor this continually evolving public health crisis.

The success of this response to this public health emergency depends on the individual responsibility to voluntarily comply with this Disaster Declaration and Order. This Order does have enforcement provisions, if residents choose not to follow the mandates.

“Each individual has a personal responsibility to educate themselves, stay informed and act accordingly as to how they can do their part to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 virus.”

The Order is effective 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and shall expire at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2020.

A violation of this order is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail. Read the full order here.