Fannin County leaders decided not to issue a local stay-at-home order for its residents on Tuesday during Commissioners Court.
“We are looking at a ‘stay-at-home’ order and have spoken to different officials around the county but I didn’t find anyone who wanted us to jump into this ‘stay-at-home’ or ‘stay-in-place’ order,” said County Judge Randy Moore. “We want to keep everyone safe and weighing all options.”
Moore said that if things change and they feel the need to go in a different direction, they won’t hesitate to make that call.
“We are sticking with factual information and not being fearful of what’s happening and just making good calls.”
Currently, there remains only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Fannin County, however, officials are waiting on two test results from people who associated with the person.
“This person has already gone through the quarantine period and released,” said Moore. “The two people we are awaiting test results on are 11 days into it with no symptoms at all. We hope they are all negative but we are waiting to see.”
During Tuesday’s meeting, officials decided to also extend the Proclamation for one more but stated that if something happens they will reassess.
“We have already enacted no more than 10 people in a setting and all restaurants are closed due to Gov. Abbott’s order,” added Moore. “We are a rural county and are spread out. For us to come in and say stay at home could do damage to our county and citizens who would all of a sudden be without a job.”
Moore encouraged residents to stay at home if you can, especially if you are over 65 years old.
“Distance yourself from people and just be smart about this. This is too serious. Be cautious in all your actions and be smart and be wise.”