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City of Keene - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement and Updates

County and City officials Johnson County continues to monitor the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, there has been 1 confirmed case of the Coronavirus in Johnson County.

City of Keene staff urges our residents to take precautions such as avoiding close contact with individuals that are sick and making sure they wash their hands.

Anyone who believes that may have been exposed to the Coronavirus should first call their health provider to ask about further steps. Please DO NOT visit a healthcare provider without first alerting them about your concerns.

County and City officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. 

At this time, the following meeting / events have been cancelled or postponed:

  • Meetings

    • Type B Board - March 17, 2020
    • Type A Board - March 18, 2020
    • Council Meeting - March 26, 2020
  • Events

    • Keene Chamber of Commerce Lunch - March 26, 2020
    • Yoga (Mondays) - March 16, 2020 - April 27, 2020
    • Jump Rope Class (Wednesdays) - March 16, 2020 - April 29, 2020

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*UPDATE*

On March 18, 2020, City of Mansfield received notification from the Texas Department of State Health Services of its first positive case of COVID-19. The patient is a resident of Johnson County. Link to City of Mansfield News.

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*UPDATE*

On March 19, 2020, at 09:00 a.m., Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, signed a "County Judge Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency." Link to the Declaration.

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*UPDATE*

On March 19, 2020, at 11:59 a.m., State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, issued Executive Orders in Accordance with Federal Guidelines to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 in Texas. Link to the Executive Orders.

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott:

Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Order No. 4: In accordance with Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

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*UPDATE*

On March 24, 2020, at 09:11 a.m., Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, signed a "County Judge Second Amendment to Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency." Link to the Declaration.

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*UPDATE*

On March 27, 2020, at 11:45 a.m., Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, signed a "County Judge Third Amendment to Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency." Link to the Declaration.

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*UPDATE*

On March 27, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, signed a "County Judge Fourth Amendment to Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency." Link to the Declaration.

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*UPDATE*

On March 31, 2020, City of Keene City Hall lobby has been closed to the public. 

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*UPDATE*

On March 31, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Gary Heinrich issued a Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to a Public Health Emergency. Link to the Declaration. 

Mayor Statement – Declaration of State of Disaster due to a Public Health Emergency

As Mayor of the City of Keene, I want our community to know that from the onset of this threat, the city council and city staff have been monitoring the threat posed to our community by the Coronavirus.

As national timelines have been moved until the end of April highlighting the need to maintain social distancing, I, Mayor Gary Heinrich issued a declaration of disaster related to a public health emergency to ensure the city maintains readiness to assist our citizens and reduce the spread of this virus.

The city of Keene will continue to comply with all regulations set by the Johnson County Commissioners Court.

City Hall has been closed to the public for the time being, but rest assure that our staff is still here and ready to assist our citizens. If you lost your job or lost some portion of your income, please contact the utility department by phone at 817-641-3336 option 2, for assistance regarding your utility bill.

City staff will continue to communicate with the public as the situation changes. Our residents are encouraged to visit our website, www.keenetx.com or follow our city’s official social media page to remain connected.  

Community members are encouraged to follow the CDC’s tips for stopping the spread of germs. These include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoiding touching your face, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, staying home when you are sick except to get medical care, and washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Those who are sick and think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing should call their healthcare provider or local hospital for medical advice, as recommended by the CDC.

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In addition to the daily contact and sharing information with Local, State, and Federal partners in this process, we encourage residents to keep up to date on how to help prevent and treat the Novel Coronavirus “COVID-19”, by regularly viewing the online resources provided below:

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