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Garza County stays cautious while making plans to reopen businesses

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Garza County had zero reported COVID-19 cases up until this week. County Judge, Lee Norman explained how the people of Post have managed to keep the curve almost completely flat thus far. 

"We're successful here by the grace of God," Norman said. "People really know each other and they care about each other."

Judge Norman said the lack of cases is not a result of lack of testing.

"Our local clinic has been testing for some time, so anyone can go out there at any time," Norman said. "They never have to go into the clinic, it's all done out at your vehicle."

On top of following Governor Abbott's orders, Post is taking extra precautions. 

"We have a lot of travelers in Post, so we're conscious of the convenience stores," Norman said. "They have been stepping up their game on cleaning and limiting access."

Judge Norman said the majority of business owners are adapting to the current circumstances, however, several are still struggling.

"I feel for my friends who have the nail salons or the hair salons," Norman said. "There's not a real good way around that, but I think we can get there." 

So far, Judge Norman has issued three declarations and the fourth will go into effect on Friday. 

"This order will allow most businesses to open, limit groups to 10 or less, and continue drive-in churches," Norman said. "I think things are beginning to change quickly and we want to adapt quickly."

With fewer than five cases reported, Garza County is eligible to have 50 percent occupancy in its reopened businesses. However, Judge Norman said it will not apply for that.

"The Department of Health Services is saying we might be on the upswing here for cases, so we're real cautious about that," Norman said. "We'll go with the 25 percent occupancy, the Mayor is in agreement on that."

Although Judge Norman said reopening business is very important, he thinks doing so slowly will be safer for everyone involved.

"I think it will help the businesses test the waters a little bit and see how they cope," Norman said. "We'll be reading into that to look to the future." 

Judge Norman hopes the measures the community is taking will keep the curve as flat as possible.


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