Central Texans feel the financial impact of new coronavirus

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WEST, Texas (KWTX) Concern continues as the Coronavirus spreads, there are now more than 82,000 cases worldwide, but none in Central Texas.

Some area businesses are feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in China.. (Photo by Drake Lawson)

However those living in the area are still feeling the impact of the virus financially.

The American Bridal and Prom Industry Association said 80 percent of the world's western-style gowns are produced in China, and many factories there had to temporarily shut down because of the virus.

'We haven't seen anything like this before," says Jessica Kapavik owner of Jo Ann's Bridal store in West.

"It is impacting our industry and the amount of dresses we carry," says Kapavik who is encouraging all those planning their wedding and prom events to get out and shop.

"To have the best selection of prom and bridal dresses come in now, even if your prom isn't until late April early May or they will be gone," she says.

Health officials from McLennan County say that currently it's just dresses that should be worried about Cornoavirus.

"There is no virus in McLennan county, there is no sign of virus, there is no one we are investigating," says Kelly Craine with the health district.

Craine does say that the health district is keeping a close eye on the spread of the Cornavirus.

"We don't know what this virus can bring, so this is something that we encourage everyone to continue to monitor it," she says.