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29
Apr

Physician documents COVID-19 experiences on social media

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Dr. Horis Stedman discovered he tested positive for the coronavirus on April 24, he decided to keep an open line of communication with the public about his personal experiences with COVID-19.

“It was going to get out that I have it,” he said in an interview on April 27 with The Highlander. “If everyone is going to know I might as well lay it on the line.”

Tue
28
Apr

Texas governor details first phase of Open Texas plan

Special to the Bulletin

On April 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the first phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow.

Tue
21
Apr

Burnet Whataburger closes for COVID-19 precaution

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The Burnet Whataburger, 402 E. Polk St. (Texas 29) is closed indefinitely due to precautions the business enacted after an employee reported a "presumptive positive" for COVID-19.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A Burnet fast-food restaurant will remain temporarily closed “out of an abundance of caution” after one of its employees received a presumptive positive diagnosis of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Whataburger 744 in Burnet closed Monday, April 20, for a “thorough deep cleaning” as soon as restaurant management learned of the employee's testing status, the company said in a statement.

Sun
29
Mar

Community spread of COVID-19 found in Llano County

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By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

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

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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

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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'

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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.

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