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The City of Lockhart is monitoring developments pertaining to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. All information in this section is sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Common ways COVID-19 spreads
Symptoms of COVID-19
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure.
For more information about what to do if you are sick, click here visit the CDC webpage.
** If you are concerned you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact your medical provider. **
According to the CDC, some individuals are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19. Those people include individuals to whom one or more of the following applies:
CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. Read the CDC's guidelines here.
The CDC also offers the following tips for the public to protect themselves and their families.
Your doctor will help make the decision if you should get tested for COVID-19.
If you do not have health insurance, you can still get tested for COVID-19 if your doctor or healthcare provider recommends it.
For information about testing, you just need to call your doctor and/or access care the way you usually do. If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 2-1-1 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.
For questions about COVID-19 testing, dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6.
Dial 2-1-1 and select option 6 to speak with a Texas Health and Human Services representative. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The lines are open seven days a week.
City of Lockhart Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins is participating in daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive official updates.
It is easy to run into inaccurate information on the web. Visit one of the links below to educate yourself with trustworthy information.
City Hall will close its doors to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 and will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Please call 512-398-3461 for assistance.
Processing materials may be dropped off at the gray basement door of Lockhart City Hall. Call (512)398-3461, ext. 237 for staff assistance.
DR. EUGENE CLARK LIBRARY
The Dr. Eugene Clark Library is closing until further notice.
LOCKHART POLICE DEPARTMENT
The lobby has been closed to walk-in traffic. Please call (512) 398-4401 for non-emergencies. As always, in the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
LOCKHART ANIMAL SHELTER
The Lockhart Animal Shelter will continue operations but will be closed to walk-in traffic. Individuals may not enter without an appointment. To inquire about a lost pet, call (512) 376-3336.
Several events have been canceled or postponed indefinitely in and around the City of Lockhart in an effort to protect the public from potential exposure to COVID-19. This list will be updated regularly as information changes.
Caldwell County is now maintaining information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information includes links, answers to frequently asked questions, an updated confirmed COVID-19 case count, and other resources.
Caldwell County COVID-19 homepage
FAQs related to the county-wide stay-at-home order
Due to the situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Texas, the residential city-wide clean-up effort has been postponed. Read more here: http://www.lockhart-tx.org/page/article/58
4:05 p.m.: LISD has suspended school operations through April 3.
1:13 p.m.: All programs at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library have been canceled through March 31.
12:30 p.m.: As the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden on Monday morning declared a local state of disaster that applies to all areas within county borders.
The declaration by Judge Haden prohibits gatherings of 250 or more anywhere in Caldwell County effective immediately. Violation of the order is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or a sentence of up to 180 days in jail.
A local disaster declaration allows local governments to allocate resources and personnel as well as request funds and additional resources from the state and federal governments to assist in managing the effects of COVID-19.
The declaration of local disaster is effective through Monday, March 23, when it is expected the issue will be revisited in Caldwell County Commissioner's Court, which meets at 9 a.m. that day.
Read the judge's full declaration here: http://www.co.caldwell.tx.us/upload/page/4091/DOC.pdf
As developments surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Texas continue to evolve, the City of Lockhart wants to keep residents informed by providing the following updates:
Relief for small businesses
The Lockhart Economic Development Corporation is maintaining a web page dedicated to providing information for businesses that have been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Bookmark it for regular updates.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities that have sustained substantial economic injury. This is triggered when a business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. These loans provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.
In order for Texas to qualify for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration, Texas will need to submit five Economic Injury Worksheets certifying a small businesses in a disaster area has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 and are in need of financial assistance. Once five submitted worksheets are validated by SBA, the governor may request the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration. A county will be included in this declaration if it has at least one qualifying Economic Injury Worksheet or the county is contiguous to another qualified declared county. Additional counties may be added by the Texas Department of Emergency Management after a declaration is received.
The number for the SBA disaster customer service center is 1-800-659-2955.
Comptroller's office offers assistance to businesses
The Texas Comptroller's office will offer assistance to businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.
For businesses that find themselves in this situation, the comptroller's office is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.
Contact their Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.
More information here: https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/
City of Lockhart
308 W. San Antonio St.
P.O. Box 239
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: (512) 398-3461
Fax: (512) 398-5103
Open Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(512) 398-3461 City Hall
(512) 376-9469 Municipal Court
(512) 398-6452 Public Works
(512) 398-4401 Police Department
(512) 398-2321 Fire Department
(512) 398-3223 Public Library
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Lew White, Mayor
Angie Gonzales-Sanchez, Mayor Pro-Tem
Brad Westmoreland, Council Member At-Large
Juan Mendoza, Council Member District 1
David Bryant, Council Member District 2
Kara McGregor, Council Member District 3
Jeffry Michelson, Council Member District 4
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