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Mon
30
Mar

COVID-19 risks expand in Burnet County

Contributed/Judge James Oakley
Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal took precautions during the livestreamed March 30 special meeting, conducted by commissioners, which placed restrictions on attendance.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The COVID-19 virus has entered into “community spread” in Burnet County and “it's a lot worse than our numbers show,” County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal warned Monday, March 30 during a special called Commissioners Court meeting.

Burnet County officials had announced this past weekend there are now three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 originating in Burnet County and there are several tests still pending confirmation at this time.

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

Burnet County officials created a listing graphic of what the 'Stay in Place and Stay Safe' order means for residents' day-to-day activities.

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
The Highlander

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

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

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.

Tue
17
Mar

Burnet County Health Authority talks COVID-19 prevention

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

The Burnet County Health Authority provided an update to the public and area emergency services entities in light of concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Fri
13
Mar

HEB tells customers avoid 'panic,' orders purchase limits

Contributed/Linda Landua
Empty shelves stand where toilet paper and other paper goods are normally stocked at the H-E-B in Marble Falls on Friday, March 13.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

HEB grocery store officials are asking customers to quell “panic” over concerns about the coronavirus, and have implemented temporary purchase limits of certain items, according to March 13 company statements.

The statement was released after a week-long barrage of customers – including those in Burnet, Marble Falls and Kingsland – in the midst of COVID-19 scare buying items in bulk such as toilet paper, cleaning products, hand sanitizer and even some food items.

Fri
13
Mar

Health Authority: No Burnet County COVID-19 cases

 

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander
Juliette Madrigal, MD
Burnet County Health Authority

Citizens of Burnet County:

With so much misinformation and speculation surrounding COVID-19, we want to deliver as much factual information as we have today (Friday, March 13).

Currently, there have been no cases reported in Burnet County, and we wish to keep this a reality as long as possible!

Tue
10
Mar

BCSO takes aim at illegal dumping with education about laws

Contributed/Burnet County Sheriff's Office
In precinct 4, investigators have found what appears to be improper disposal of garbage on land, just off CR 408, adding to the number of cases which keep piling up for BCSO environmental crimes officers.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Burnet County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Jewett arrives on the site of a public nuisance and illegal dumping case, he continues to be shocked at the level of potential violations involved.

“Somebody was living there,” he said of an abandoned RV surrounded by strewn garbage on Corner Street. “If you drive down the street, it's scary.” …

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