County Judge issues Disaster Declaration for Collin County

McKINNEY, TEXAS – Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced a formal disaster declaration for Collin County today, to better position and prepare the county and its communities to respond to the public health emergencies that may arise from the coronavirus outbreak.

The disaster declaration comes in the wake of similar announcements on Friday from President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

“Since the first news of the coronavirus outbreak, Collin County has been working diligently with the State of Texas and our local cities to prepare for this eventuality. We stand ready to partner with and support our communities in any way necessary,” said Judge Hill, whose statutory duties include serving as the county’s emergency management coordinator.  “We all have to work together to safeguard the health of our community. This declaration ensures that we are able to access and share strategic resources and supplies as they become available.”

The mayors of Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, working in cooperation with Judge Hill, issued similar disaster declarations Monday.

As of this morning, county health officials have reported eight presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Collin County.

Public Health Report

  • There are eight (8) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Collin County at this time.
  • There are 82 Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in Collin County at this time.

Disaster Declaration

  • County Judge Chris Hill has issued a disaster declaration for Collin County, effective March 16, 2020.

County Operations

  • All non-essential court operations in Collin County have been postponed until April 1. Essential court proceedings will continue as scheduled and are defined by the respective courts’ orders. District CourtsCounty Courts at LawJustice CourtsProbate Courts.
  • Other county offices are open and operating during normal business hours.
  • The Collin County Commissioners Court will not be cancelling meetings at this time.
  • Inmate visitation and inmate programs at the Collin County Detention Facility have been cancelled until further notice. Attorney visits are still permitted, but the procedures for the visits have changed.
  • County employees with fever or flu-like symptoms are required to stay home from work and are prohibited from returning to work until they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

Closures & Cancellations

  • All county board and commission meetings have been cancelled through March 31. Boards and commissions are directed to utilize electronic communication methods to address any critical issues that arise in that timeframe.

 

All updates will be posted on the Collin County website and at ChrisHill.us.
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