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In a 4-1 vote, the Waxahachie City Council approved to amend its COVID-19 disaster declaration at an emergency called meeting Wednesday morning. The amendment follows in the steps of Ellis County, which approved a shelter in place order for residents Tuesday.

The city’s order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. March 26 and continues through April 16. The order requires residents to say at home except for certain essential activities and work to conduct necessary businesses and government services or needed public infrastructure construction that includes housing.

Before the vote, the city’s emergency management coordinator Thomas Griffith addressed the council about the efforts taking place to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have eight confirmed cases (countywide),” Griffith said. “We are tracking the number of cases that are unconfirmed. We have two cases that are between 70-79, two cases between 40-42, two cases between 30-39, one over 80 and one that the age is unknown. Six cases are males and two cases are females here in Ellis County.”

City staff members are tracking the number of cases countywide. The location of these cases can be viewed on a map by clicking on the COVID-19 resources link at the top of the city’s website. They are also tracking cases to aid first responders so they can better protect themselves when responding to a residence.

“This virus kind of travels through people and then attacks the most vulnerable young or old,” Griffith said. “The other thing that I worry about is my first responders and people who are on the front line of this. That is what the healthcare professionals are asking; give us five more minutes to get the PPE in place so we can prevent the further spread.”

Council member Melissa Olson said an order “kind of seems redundant since the county has already put this in place and a lot of people are already doing this already.”

The order passed in a 4-1 vote with Olson voting in opposition.

In other business the council,

  • Approved an interlocal agreement between the city and Ellis County for rooms at Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center for First Responders infected with COVID-19.
  • Approved an ordinance ordering the general election that was set for Saturday, May 2, to be postponed to Tuesday, Nov. 3. 

Editor's note: updated 1:01 p.m.

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