GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Coryell County issued a stay at home order Wednesday, a day after the City of Gatesville issued an order of its own to further efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
As of Saturday Twenty cases of the virus have been confirmed in Coryell County and a combined number of 28 positive test from three state prison units in Gatesville; Crain -1, Murray -22 and Woodman -5,
have forced the state to lockdown down Murray and Woodman after inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
The county’s emergency management coordinator, Bob Harrell, said there’s “a direct correlation between the inmate infections and the local increase.”
The order, which is effective from 11:59 p.m. Wednesday through 11:59 p.m. on May 4 limits out-of-county travel, orders residents to remain home except for essential activities and limits the size of gatherings to 10 or fewer.
It also bars nonresidents from entering the county "except for those people working in the county under (the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's) list of essential critical infrastructure services and those individuals seeking emergency medical treatment."
“It was never a question of ‘would the virus come to our county,’ it was only a matter of when it appeared,” County Judge Roger Miller said Wednesday.
“Well, it’s here and we need to stop the spread.”
“The virus doesn’t spread on its own, people spread it,” he said.
“It’s critical that we stop cross-contaminating each other.”