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March 13, 2020

COVID-19: "IT'S NOT A GAME" Mayor Handren FB Live message

MARCH 30
Mayor Tim Handren issued an impassioned plea to the public to practice social distancing, avoid contact with others, and stay home unless going out is absolutely necessary. Scroll down to the "Updates Section" to get to the video link on the City's COVID-19 webpage.

MARCH 27
The Kendall County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Boerne reports its sixth case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community. Local leaders were notified on Friday of the additional positive tests. Additional information about these most recent cases is not available. As we previously released, the first two positive cases in our community were travel-related.

MARCH 25

The Kendall County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Boerne reports its third case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community. Local leaders were notified Wednesday of the positive test. Additional information about this most recent case is not available. As we previously released, the first two positive cases in our community were travel-related.

MARCH 24

Judge Darrel Lux and Mayor Tim Handren have had continuous communications amid the growing concerns and cases of the COVID-19 virus. For nearly 2 weeks your City of Boerne and Kendall County leaders and emergency coordinators have been discussing the most appropriate responses and actions related to the COVID-19 health crisis. The City of Boerne is of course an urban area with the greatest potential for spreading COVID-19 throughout the community.

The simple fact is that the problems being addressed in the entire county are different than the problems being addressed in the city limits of Boerne. The Mayor’s current orders apply in the Boerne city limits. We continue to approach this virus with the same determination to stop the spread of it. We are committed to working together throughout this period and will continue to be in tight communications.

MARCH 23

We have set up a City email for the community to be able to ask questions and get our responses about specific COVID-19 related actions being taken here in our area. Email us at COVID19@boerne-tx.gov.

Tim Handren, Mayor of Boerne, TX, also amended his emergency declaration for a third time.

On March 20, Tim Handren, Mayor of Boerne, TX amended his emergency health declaration that abides by the governor's order, but also adds some additional restrictions. We know this is a difficult time for many, but these coming weeks will be vital. Please stay home, please don't congregate in public places. These additional measures are being taken with everyone's safety in mind.

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Greg Abbott's Office announced that all Texas school would remain closed until April 3. He also stopped restaurants and bars statewide from offering a "dine-in" option. The governor is also limiting social gatherings to no more that 10 people.

He encouraged everyone to follow all CDC guidelines related to personal hygiene and social distancing.

To support local restaurants and foster creative solutions during these difficult times, the City of Boerne will waive enforcement of temporary signage with regard to advertising for curb-side pick-up and directional signage directing citizens to areas for safe pick-up. Please use your common sense when placing signage so that is does not create any visual impairment for vehicles and place signs securely, so they do not create a safety hazard. These signs that meet this criteria do not require a permit and may remain in place until the limit on gatherings is lifted.

PREVIOUS UPDATES

Local leaders continue working together, along with other local and state agencies, about the COVID-19 situation.

On Monday, the White House released guidelines for all Americans to follow and Boerne Mayor Tim Handren issued a emergency health declaration. It encourages people to listen to local and state authorities

Stay home if feeling sick, if someone in your household test positive, if you are older and stay away from other people, and avoid others and stay home if you have an underlying health issue

People are also asked to work from home

Not visit nursing or long-term health facilities

Practice good hygiene

Avoid discretionary travel, social gathers and shopping trips

On Saturday morning, a group of 40 representatives from the Kendall County, City of Boerne, the City of Fair Oaks Ranch, Boerne ISD, emergency management and law enforcement officials, health care and first responders, the Boerne Chamber, Boerne Kendall County EDC, HEB and Walmart came together at Boerne’s City Hall to discuss the most recent information related to COVID-19.

This group is unified on strategies to prevent the spread of the virus in our community and continues to actively monitor all area, state, and federal actions related to this emerging community health threat. With the rapidly changing information regarding this virus, going forward, representatives from these groups will coordinate daily and release updated information that impacts area residents.

You will see messages coming through every avenue that can be used: websites, Facebook, emails, etc.

A couple of key messages we want everyone in our community to know:
There is no reason to panic about the current situation.

All of us take this COVID-19 threat very seriously and we implore people to remain calm.
We will remain vigilant and engaged with health officials daily until this situation passes.
We are committed to frequent, consistent and proactive communication to our community members.
At the moment we are not in an emergency situation status.
We endorse the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as the key source of information on how to handle COVID-19.
We all are operating on a daily basis as we have, with some modifications to our procedures.
None of us know exactly what the next few weeks will hold, but we are monitoring and responding to the hourly changes as quickly as possible.
There will be continuous communications about our plans to the entire community.

This situation has, without a doubt, changed our lives in the short run. We all believe that staying calm and responding in a cohesive fashion as a strong community, we can support each other through this to a successful conclusion.

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Latest Update:

March 30, 2020 3:46 PM

Kendall County announces 7th confirmed case of COVID-19 in our area. Watch Mayor's Facebook Live message...

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March 20, 2020 2:11 PM

Today, Tim Handren, Mayor of Boerne, TX amended his emergency health declaration that abides by the governor's order, but also adds some additional restrictions. We know this is a difficult time for many, but these coming weeks will be vital. Please stay home, please don't congregate in public places. These additional measures are being taken with everyone's safety in mind.

Mayor's video
March 18, 2020 1:24 PM

I am reminding everyone today how important this COVID-19 health threat is and that your local leaders are taking this very seriously. We have a teleconference every morning with our Task Force of a dozen key people to discuss updates, address concerns and develop public messaging strategies.

We are still in the “active monitoring” stage of our emergency plan. As I have said over and over again, we unanimously endorse the CDC guidelines as our key source of information. We want to reiterate the simple ways we can all do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safer.
1. Wash your hands often, with soap and warm water
2. Clean and disinfect areas you touch often (door handles, tables, computers and phones etc..)
3. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with other people
4. Cover your coughs and sneezes
5. Avoid close contact with people, while many people who contract this illness will be OK, our concern is how easily it can be passed on to some of the most vulnerable in our community

We all need to use our heads to prevent the spread of this disease. Use common sense and practice social distancing just as you would if your friend or relative had the flu or even the common cold. If you have any of the symptoms, please do not put your family, friends or anyone else at risk.

There are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County as of today. While we know that could change at any moment, we are confident that every business in our area is doing what they can to avoid a community spread of this virus. As you already know, schools and restaurants are adjusting their operations for all the right reasons. These steps are being taken proactively and for public safety reasons.

When we jointly declared a public health emergency on Monday, it was not just to demonstrate how serious this threat is to our community, but to give us access to state and federal resources if need. We are NOT in an emergency stage yet, and quite frankly everything we are doing at this point is to AVOID a state of emergency.

You need to know that private businesses must make their own decisions about their operations and whether to stay open, close, or change their schedules. Clearly businesses in Boerne and Kendall County are facing a huge challenge and most likely significant revenue losses. One of the benefits of the public health declaration that directly impacts our local businesses is the chance to apply for “disaster loans”. A businesses owner should contact the Kendall County office of Emergency Management at 830-249-3721 for an application. The following link also has detailed information. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

I have recently become aware that there are some folks concerned about groups of kids outdoors playing or groups of adults getting outside to visit or exercise. Staying healthy through physical activity is certainly encouraged; however, we remind everyone to use common sense and limit exposure to others for the time being.

Today, the Parks and Recreation Department made the decision to close off the play areas in all City of Boerne parks, with the trails remaining open. The gates at the playgrounds at Northrup Park and Kinder Park will be locked and staff will be using orange construction fencing to close the playgrounds at City Park, Boerne City Lake Park and the Northside Community Park. BISD has also closed the playgrounds at their schools. This prudent decision was made because, according to the CDC, the virus can survive for hours, even days on surfaces and the potential risk is too great.

No doubt, limiting our activities can be disruptive, frustrating, and feel scary, especially when the reason for quarantine is exposure to a new disease for which there is limited and rapidly changing information. This is why the city and county are committed to communicating with you timely, accurate information. Please call your friends, family and neighbors and make sure everyone is taking this seriously. We need everyone’s help to PREVENT widespread transmission of this virus.