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UPDATE: Lubbock County declares limited emergency for funding to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Update (7:15 p.m.)

Lubbock County Commissioners have approved a local emergency declaration for up to seven days, pending further approval by the court. This declaration allows courts to modify dockets and will allow the county to apply for reimbursement from the federal and state governments for money spent fighting the virus.

Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish says the court will continue to "make sensible decisions as conditions warrant." In the event of countywide spread of COVID-19, Parrish notes it will take "all of us, as a community, to slow down the spread of this virus."

Judge Parrish emphasizes residents should wash their hands, clean and disinfect all surfaces, and stay home if you're sick.

Here's a copy of the emergency declaration: 



Original story (4:45 p.m.)

Lubbock County commissioners will hold an emergency meeting Friday night to take "immediate action" in order to prevent the spread of the 2019 Wuhan novel coronavirus.

Citing "an imminent threat to public health and safety," the commissioners will consider a "local emergency declaration" following Gov. Abbott's statewide emergency declaration Friday morning.

Texas Government Code §418.108 gives county judges wide discretion to declare emergencies or disasters in their area, whether natural or man-made:

… the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made cause, including fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, wave action, oil spill or other water contamination, volcanic activity, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, riot, hostile military or paramilitary action, other public calamity requiring emergency action, or energy emergency.

Below, see a notice from the Texas Association of Counties explaining local emergency declarations.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information's available.



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