City of Georgetown declares local state of disaster

The city of Georgetown has joined a growing list of cities and counties that have declared local disasters. 

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross has declared the local state of disaster for the City of Georgetown in order to limit the development and spread of coronavirus in the city.

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“Like our partners at the County, State, and Federal levels, we are working to ensure the safety of our community,” Mayor Ross said. “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 healthcare provider before coming to a facility." 

The announcement comes a day after Governor Abbott declared a state of disaster for Texas.

It also comes on the same day that Williamson County declared a local state of disaster and Hays County reported their first presumptive case of COVID-19. 

"If you are at higher risk of coronavirus because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is important for you to stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Our goal is to reduce the spread of disease to the point where our healthcare system can maintain capacity and properly care for our residents.” Mayor Ross said.