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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Letter from Mayor Brophy regarding COVID-19

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To the Citizens of Nacogdoches,

We are all being affected by the Caronavirus (COVID-19) in one way or another. We are working diligently with our County government, healthcare partners, and other local officials to lower the risk and reduce the impact of the Caronavirus pandemic. I can assure you all emergency management personnel are closely monitoring the situation and prepared to support the community as needed.

The health and well-being of our community is of utmost importance. We acknowledge the serious nature of the situation and our goal remains to protect public health and public safety. This situation can change rapidly requiring thoughtful action, flexibility, and accurate information. We urge everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy by following the CDC’s guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Older adults and anyone who has severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. People who are in these higher risk populations are urged to limit public places and large crowds as much as possible. Citizens are also strongly encouraged to cancel any events with crowds of over 250 people--in accordance with newly released state guidelines.

We also want to acknowledge the impact that panic from misinformation can have on our local economy. We will make every effort to continue with our programs that support local businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration has just released information, including an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, that may benefit some of our businesses.

As of today, Governor Abbott has declared a state of emergency for Texas and this situation is ever-evolving. Please continue to stay informed and take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and friends, your neighbors, and others in our community.

Sincerely,

Mayor Shelley Brophy

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