UPDATE: The guidance has been changed to 10 people.
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has spread through the world and has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization;
WHEREAS, President Donald Trump has proclaimed the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency in the United States; and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for all counties in Texas; and County Judge Bill Magers has declared a state of disaster and public health emergency for Grayson County; and
WHEREAS, costs incurred to prepare for and respond to COVID-19 are beginning to mount at county and municipal levels; and
WHEREAS, Grayson County and our municipality has already taken significant measures to prepare for and prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, it is critical to take additional steps to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and welfare of Tom Bean citizens; and
WHEREAS, declaring a state of disaster in Tom Bean will facilitate and expedite the procurement, use, and deployment of resources to enhance preparedness and response.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sherry Howard, Mayor of Tom Bean, Grayson County, Texas, do hereby certify that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster to the City of Tom Bean. In accordance with Section 418.018 of the Texas Government Code, I hereby declare a state of disaster and public health emergency for Tom Bean.
Furthermore, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I recommend the postponement or cancellation of all public gatherings greater than
50 people. UPDATE: This has been changed to 10 people.
This declaration shall take effect immediately from its issuance and shall continue for a period of not more than seven days unless continued or renewed by the City Council of Tom Bean, Texas.
In accordance with the statutory requirements, this declaration shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Clerk of Tom Bean.
Adopted this 16th day of March 2020.