On Friday, March 13th President Trump and Governor Abbott both declared a disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This set off a chain of historic events that Texas and our nation has never seen before. One week later and the entire social and economic structure of our country has changed. What a week it has been.

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By Wednesday the city of Amarillo had confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 which triggered surrounding counties and cities to take notice of how serious the threat was. Canyon followed on Thursday by declaring a local disaster and by Friday afternoon Moore County had worked out all the details of its multi-jurisdictional declaration which includes the cities of Dumas, Sunray, and Cactus.

Moore County Commisioners Court Meeting March 20, 2020

Moore County Commissioners meet to hear details of the local disaster declaration signed by County Judge Rowdy Rhoades

Posted by Moore County Journal on Saturday, March 21, 2020

Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades presented details of the declaration at a special county commissioners meeting on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The declaration is officially in effect from 11:59 p.m. on March 20th, 2020 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. April 19th, 2020. This is in effect simultaneously with Gov. Abbott’s executive order GA-08.

You can read a summary of the declaration or download the full declaration below.

Summary of the Moore County Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency
Section 4 of the Moore County Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency