Waco rolls out COVID-19 website, will go ahead with May 2 election

The City of Waco Thursday rolled out a special COVID-19 website.
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The City of Waco Thursday rolled out a special COVID-19 website and said it plans to go ahead with the May 2 city council election.

The new website will provide a one-stop web destination for information about the new coronavirus, its spread in McLennan County, official declarations and a guide to what residents can and cannot do under the shelter in place order now in place.

The new website is a partnership between the city and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

The city also announced it plans to go ahead with the May 2 election, in which the races for mayor and two council seats are contested.

“We are continually assess the COVID-19 situation and if we believe we cannot conduct a safe and fair election on May 2, we will postpone the election,” the city said in a press release.

Officials say voting centers will be in large rooms to allow for social distancing, election judges older than 65 will be discouraged from participating, machines will be sanitized after each use, and a safe and sanitary method will be found to verify voter IDs and to distribute voting codes.

Officials are urging anyone older than 65 or with pre-existing health conditions to vote by mail.