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Sun
29
Mar

Community spread of COVID-19 found in Llano County

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Community spread is being called the cause of a third confirmed COVID-19 case in Llano County, Judge Ron Cunningham announced Sunday, March 29.

Local Health Authority Dr. Jack Franklin notified Cunningham and Llano Mayor Gail Lang at 10 a.m. Sunday there had been a third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Llano County and the patient's history “indicates this virus was contracted in a person-to person transmission which was not through household or known contact.”

The announcement moves Llano County into Phase 5 (Person-to-Person Spread in the Community) and Cunningham said the county “will be taking additional steps to contain and mitigate this virus in the most effective means available for Llano County.

Sun
29
Mar

Third COVID-19 case confirmed in Burnet County

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

As of Sunday, March 29, Burnet County now has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county and officials are continuing to expect more positive tests in the next few days, County Judge James Oakley said.

“As I instructed yesterday, this virus is very much in our area. Please take every possible action to protect yourself. While we have encouraged citizens to get outside, witnessing large groups of people on individual boats is clearly unacceptable,” Oakley said. “If the rules that have been put in place are not respected, then I will be forced to enhance them and start clamping down on enforcement with fines & possible incarceration. With that, I am strongly advising adherence to the common sense principles that are included within the current order.”

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

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Burnet County Commissioners and County Judge James Oakley, pictured here, met March 19 with the Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal in the early stages of a series of emergency orders regarding the coronavirus scare.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.

Wed
18
Mar

Oakley declares COVID-19 'state of emergency'

 

 

Burnet County Judge James Oakley

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Judge James Oakley on Wednesday, March 18, declared a state of disaster for Burnet County due to a public health emergency in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The order activates the county's emergency management plan for the next seven days unless the state of disaster is continued by the Burnet County Commissioners Court, who were to meet Thursday, March 18.

Included with the declaration were a set of recommendations by the Burnet County Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the county was advising the public to follow:

Wed
18
Mar

BCISD announces two-week closure for COVID-19 prevention

Keith McBurnett
Superintendent Burnet CISD
Special to the Burnet Bulletin

As you know, a number of public school districts in central Texas have announced two-week closures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Burnet CISD, students are scheduled to return from Spring Break on Monday, March 23. However, we are aware that many have traveled within and outside of the United States on vacation, including to areas with known COVID-19 community spread.

Wed
18
Mar

Burnet hospital enacts visitation protocols for COVID-19 prevention

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Ascension Seton Highland Lakes, 3201 S. Water (U.S. 281), in Burnet has placed limits on number of visitors and procedures such as health screenings of those who come to the facility.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Hospitals in Burnet County and Llano County will limit the foot traffic and number of visitors in their facilities as a measure to combat potential coronavirus infections, officials said.

Rural medical health care facilities have begun conducting protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to concerns about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in metropolitan locations.

Wed
18
Mar

Burnet band meeting set to discuss canceled trip to Disney World

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Burnet High School Espirit de Corps members and their parents will find out March 26 what will become of their canceled trip to Disney World in Orlando. The amusement park was closed over fears about the transmission of the coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Parents of Burnet High School Esprit de Corps (EDC) band members have been invited to a 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, meeting at the high school to discuss alternate plans for the band's canceled Spring Break trip to Disney World in Orlando to take part in the Disney Performance Arts Workshop.

“We have set that date (for a meeting) after our Spring Break so we hopefully can have as many answers for parents as possible,” Burnet High School Principal Casey Burkhart told the Bulletin on Friday, March 13. “We did not want to have a meeting and not have any answers for the parents and students.” …

Wed
18
Mar

2020 Bluebonnet Festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns

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One fixture of the Bluebonnet Festival involved parades in the downtown square featuring community leaders, school groups, nonprofit entities and merchants. Due to the coronavirus scare, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce opted to cancel the event which was scheduled for the second week in April.

 

 

 

 

 

From staff reports

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce announced late Tuesday, March 17, the cancelation of the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival for the first time in the event's 37-year history.

Chamber officials made the announcement on their Facebook page and said the decision to cancel the April 10-12 event came at the recommendation of the Burnet County Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to not hold large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. …

Tue
03
Mar

Wall victorious in Burnet County; Blackburn re-elected in Llano County

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Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall speaks to a campaign worker while awaiting election results Tuesday, March 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall rode a large early voting margin to victory Tuesday night, March 3, in complete but unofficial election returns.

Meanwhile, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn also used early voting to cruise to a re-election win over challenger Jim Caruso, while Dwain Rogers will be elected the next Llano County Attorney, succeeding Rebecca Lange, who did not seek re-election.

Burnet County

Wall, who was seeking re-election to his second term on the court, defeated challenger William “Dee” Haddock, a Marble Falls City Councilmember, by a vote total of 950-594, or 61.53 percent to 38.47 percent.

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