We acknowledge there is a lot we do not know at this time. Information is moving quickly. Situations are constantly evolving. If a decision is made to change City operations, it would be done so in coordination with governmental health agencies.
We are also looking for guidance from governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Williamson County Health officials, the Hutto Fire Rescue and the Hutto Police Department. We are also working closely with the Hutto Independent School District to ensure communication to the public is helpful, consistent and timely.
What we do know is we have systems in place to respond to a mandate by the government. We are well-positioned with technology resources.
Finally, while the City has a role in this rapidly changing situation, we also look to our community to share in the responsibility to keep our community healthy. If families are traveling to affected areas, we ask they follow guidance given by local, state and federal officials as to recommended precautions before returning to school or work.
Based on current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools take the same steps to protect against the Coronavirus that help prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or flu:
Stay home when sick.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover the mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow when sneezing or coughing.
Wash hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing the nose.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
Below are resources for information on the Coronavirus:
Texas Department of Health Services, https://www.dshs.texas.gov/
Thank you for everything you do to support our City.
Mayor Doug Gaul