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Tue
24
Mar

Marble Falls families adapt to COVID-19 isolation

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Jade Klaus and Eric Walker, both of Marble Falls, made a Redbox selection over the weekend as the community began adapting to more stringent calls for “social distancing” as a measure to reduce possible coronavirus infections.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

With the suspension of schools and job furloughs, local families have found ways to reconnect with one another, continue essential tasks and still offer support for their loved ones.

Jade Klaus and Eric Walker explained how they bought groceries March 20, stopped at Walgreens for a few health necessities and then purchased a Red Box movie outside the pharmacy.

“This gives us an opportunity to rent movies and hang out at the house with kids,” Klaus said of Walker and their boys ages four and 12. …

Tue
24
Mar

Highland Lakes Crisis Network sets guidelines

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Local crisis network volunteers have made masks using material to offer to the at-risk vulnerable clients they assist with services from meal pickup and delivery to emotional and spiritual support.

 

 

 

By Kevin Naumann
HLCN Executive Director

As we navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to join us to help shine a light of hope and of love to our neighbors in need. We are the Church.

We are gearing up to be able to provide food and supplies to our neighbors in need; specifically, for our elderly and medically fragile, those who may have income shortages and students who are not able to access meals provided by the Marble Falls Independent School District. …

Tue
24
Mar

Marble Falls chamber offers merchants help during coronavirus orders

By Lew K. Cohn and Connie Swinney

Disasters orders regarding COVID-19 have disrupted the way merchants do business, however Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce has launched an effort to keep commerce going where possible.

“To be separated from each other as a tight-knit community adds anxiety to everyone, so we can be a platform for that,” said Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar. “As a chamber of commerce we want to do all we can to continue commerce but also can help rejuvenate and get that spark up to keep us up and going.”

Tue
24
Mar

Officials halt local general public COVID-19 testing, say 'Stay home' if ill

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

In the wake of Burnet County's first confirmed COVID-19 test, the Burnet County Health Authority has important advice for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to coronavirus or may be suffering from the illness: Stay home.

Fri
20
Mar

Marble Falls churches opt for online worship, small study groups

Contributed/First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church members are utilizing live-streamed services (seen here) as an alternative to in-person worship church gatherings in an effort to reduce the risk of possible coronavirus infection among its congregation.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

In light of disaster declarations on both local and county-wide levels, churches have opted to change the way they worship.

“Live streaming – I did last Sunday on Facebook,” said Pat Hatch, a member of Marble Falls First United Methodist Church. “Our grand kids were here, and they got to listen too.”

Fri
20
Mar

Crisis network launches volunteers over COVID-19 concerns

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Highland Lakes Crisis Network volunteer Pat Hatch and Operations Team leader Rachel Naumann worked to arrange the entity's headquarters on March 18 at 1007 Broadway Avenue in Marble Falls.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Before noon on March 18, 10 requests came into the Highland Lakes Crisis Network office, 1007 Broadway Ave., from elderly residents asking for help obtaining groceries as the coronavirus scare continues to clear store shelves in the community.

“By coincidence one of the people who we deliver (Meals on Wheels) to called in today needing help grocery shopping,” said Ron Munos, a HLCN volunteer, who works with the Meals program as well. “She's afraid to get out. My wife got her list, and if it's not perishable, we'll pick it up this afternoon because we deliver to her anyway.

Fri
20
Mar

Marble Falls ISD suspends school until April 3

Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

In reaction to developments with COVID-19, Marble Falls Independent School District suspended normal school operations until at least April 3 to provide time to be more informed about a return to classes.

The date for suspension was updated on March 19 to comply with Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order.

Fri
20
Mar

Hospitals enact protocol for COVID-19 testing

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Health officials are telling people who believe they may have or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to follow Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls' online protocol to determine whether they should be tested for the virus and not go directly to the hospital for testing at this time.

In the meantime, people who are exhibiting mild COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, headache, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, are asked not to go to the emergency room or physicians' offices to stop the possible spread of the disease.

Thu
19
Mar

Burnet County and Llano County launch COVID-19 battle plan

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal spoke March 19 during a special Burnet County Commissioners meeting to address concerns about the coronavirus.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

As the state of Texas, Burnet and Llano counties declared emergencies due to the COVID-19 virus, public officials advised residents it is inevitable the virus will find its way into the Highland Lakes region.

“It's not a matter of if, but when. It's right next door,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley on Thursday, March 19, during a special called meeting of the Burnet County Commissioners Court that was simulcast live on Facebook.

Wed
18
Mar

Oakley declares COVID-19 'state of emergency'

Burnet County Judge James Oakley

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County Judge James Oakley on Wednesday, March 18, declared a state of disaster for Burnet County due to a public health emergency in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The order activates the county's emergency management plan for the next seven days unless the state of disaster is continued by the Burnet County Commissioners Court, who were to meet Thursday, March 18.

Included with the declaration were a set of recommendations by the Burnet County Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the county was advising the public to follow:

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