Mayor issues emergency declaration, council ratifies

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

While Tuesday morning the Nocona City Council ratified a mayoral declaration of local disaster in response to the novel coronavirus, Mayor Robert Fenoglio said after the meeting he would not be implementing any more stringent measures, such as restricting numbers in local retailers or a shelter-in-place order.

Following the executive order of Gov, Greg Abbott Nocona Mayor Fenoglio issued a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency Friday afternoon, effective at midnight that night.

Mayor Fenoglio’s actions adds the weight of the city’s law enforcement arm to the state efforts to induce Texans to voluntarily “shelter in place” and not for a state-wide quarantine to battle the Covid-19 virus which is sweeping across the world.

Read more in this week’s edition of The Nocona News.

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