Wharton County COVID-19 decision

Staff photo by Albert Villegas

Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath discusses the current state of the county during a Monday, July 13 Commissioners Court meeting.

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation extending his disaster declaration to all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. This includes Wharton County, which extended its disaster declaration to September during a Commissioners Court meeting a few days later on Monday, July 13.

There are many similarities between happenings at the state level in Austin and WC as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally issued on March 13, the disaster declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve residents as the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. "To further mitigate the spread of the virus and overcome this challenge, Texans should continue to do their part by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home if possible,” Abbott said.

For WC, the disaster declaration was extended to Sept. 14. They will revisit the issue at that time.

Declarations were extended on March 16, March 23, March 30, and May 11.

“The reason is financial reimbursements; by extending this it doesn’t mean something horrible has happened, no we’re extending this for the sole purpose to remain eligible for reimbursement of any costs associated with COVID-19” Spenrath said. 

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