Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell and City of
Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy issued a Declaration of Local Disaster Due to
Public Health Emergency from the Coronavirus on behalf of their respective entities in
response to the executive order issued by Governor Abbott from the State of Texas and
“The Declaration of Local Disaster activates the emergency management plan and
enables governmental entities within Nacogdoches County to access state and federal
resources and seek possible reimbursement for expenses related to COVID-19,” Judge
Greg Sowell said.
“While Nacogdoches has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, to ensure the health and
safety of all our residents, these measures were taken following disaster declarations by
the President of the United States and the Texas Governor,” Mayor Shelley Brophy said.
“These actions will allow the City and the County to allocate resources, utilize personnel,
and enact procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Nacogdoches and
All critical infrastructure in our community will remain operational. For offices and
workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where
feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19.
Public officials urge residents of Nacogdoches County to remain calm and stay informed
by seeking facts from the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State
These declarations take effect immediately and will expire in 7 days unless renewed by
the Nacogdoches City Council and Nacogdoches County Commissioners Court.