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County qualified for disaster relief should it be needed
At the invitation of County Judge Lee Norman, some 40 city and county leaders met Tuesday afternoon, March 18, at the Ambulance Building to discuss protocols and future plans Garza County in light of COVID-19.
Present were representatives from the City, County Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, Health Clinic, Schools, Fire Department, Detention Center and Dalby Unit.
Rodney Tidwell of Post-Garza County EMS spoke on how the virus is transmitted and precautions to take to keep from spreading the virus.
He gave a U.S. and Texas updated report on the number of people who have tested positive for the virus. He also reported on the shortage of medical masks and supplies.
Judge Norman quoted Mr. Tidwell saying the virus is “something to be cautious of, not fearful of.”
Julie Cruse from UMC of Lubbock explained how testing for COVID-19 would be carried out in Garza county and Lubbock and the protocols in place to keep health care workers and patients safe.
Mike Breedlove of the Juvenile Detention Center and Warden Marty Friend of the Dalby Correctional Facility are monitoring juveniles and adult inmates who might show symptoms related to the virus. Both facilities are restricting visitors and limiting staff interactions.
Post ISD School Superintendent Heath Dickson and High school Principal Shelli Crow reported on different options they are considering in order to continue educating and servicing students after spring break. They will follow TEA directives when those are released.
County Attorney Ted Weems answered legal questions that were presented by the group, while Fire Chief Jimmy Valdez and County Commissioner Jeff Williams volunteered their services, and the services of the men they work with, to help the school or any other community entity during this time of uncertainty.
Garza County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Isbell is monitoring disaster costs. Through his preparation, the county is qualified for disaster relief should it be needed.
Judge Norman ended by reminding all of this has been discussed with Mayor Marvin Self.
“Business will continue,” Judge Norman said.