Kerr County Judge Rob Kelly has declared a local state of disaster due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelly, during a press conference today, said there are no positive cases of the coronavirus in Kerr County, but eight people are self-quarantined and being monitored by the county and state health department. 

"There is not a health emergency right now," Kelly said. "We don't have a positive diagnosis."

The judge's order does not amount to a shelter in place order; no changes in daily routines are called for. 

In the last two days, Kelly has said the reason for the declaration would be to allow people to have access to financial disaster relief and to give him the power to order work halted on TxDOT projects that officials have said may be in danger of inadvertently severing communications lines and disrupting 911 service.

It's a seven-day order that has to be re-authorized by the Kerr County Commissioners Court next week, and is similar to declarations made the city of Kerrville. 

The declaration gives Kelly significant power to control who comes in and out of the county, set curfews if needed and the ultimate authority when it comes to making decisions for the county and city. 

The governor already has declared a state of disaster and applications have been open for the Small Business Disaster Loan program here

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