GEORGETOWN, Texas - More cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Williamson County. All 14 cases are spread across five cities.
Two cases are from the Austin area in the county, four in Cedar Park, four in Georgetown, one in Leander, and three in Round Rock.
"I think the anxiety for me comes from not knowing when it’s going to end," said Round Rock resident Daniel Tuttle.
In an effort to help reduce the viruses spread in the county, dozens of government places are closed to the public and restaurants switched a to-go, delivery style. "There’s no one on the highway," said Tuttle as he describes the surrounding area.
While there are countywide restrictions, school districts continue to teach only not in the classroom. Georgetown ISD has posted lessons for their students on their website some districts like Round Rock ISD are offering learning packets parents can pick up alongside their online lessons.
The library in Georgetown is also changing up the way they do things while their building remains closed to the public.
"We don’t quit, so as long as we can serve our patrons we’ll find a creative way to do it," said Georgetown library director Eric Lashley. People can now call to reserve a book and then come by and pick it up at a mobile site similar to a drive-thru and employees clean all the books being picked up.
"They stay in their car, they tell us their name, we grab the book, and we just delivered it to them at their car," said Lashley. For both the library and Tuttle, this is uncharted territory and both say all they can really do is take it day by day.
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Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a public health disaster, the first in Texas since 1901. The executive orders, which take effect at midnight Friday, March 20 and go through midnight on Friday, April 3, will bring the state in line with CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The public health disaster orders schools to be closed statewide until at least April 3. The disaster also orders a ban on dine-in eating and gathering in groups of more than 10 as the state ramps up efforts to battle the coronavirus. Abbott's order also will shut down gyms and bars. It also bans visits to nursing and retirement homes unless there is a critical need.
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