Coronavirus Outbreak

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Peterson Health reported five new coronavirus cases, driving Kerr County’s active cases to more than 20, which likely means a mask order will be reinstated. 

While county officials could not be reached for comment, the language of the state’s mask order is clear when it comes to returning to a mask order after a county was exempted. 

“If the county exceeds 20 cases, the exemption will become invalid and those in the county will be required to follow the mask order again,” the county said in a press release earlier this week. “If that happens, the county will have to have zero active cases for 30 days straight before it can apply for an exemption again.”

Since Monday, the county has had 19 new cases and since last Wednesday that total is about 23 active cases. Peterson Health reported that four people are now hospitalized with the virus at Peterson Regional Medical Center – up two from Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, Kerrville Fire Department Chief Dannie Smith said there were 11 active cases, but that was before Peterson reported its latest round of numbers. The state pegs the number at more than 100. 

It is estimated that more than 600 people in Kerr County have had the virus at some point since April, although the exact number remains elusive. 

(4) comments

Larry Hunter

I believe you are delving into a structure that is defined by our Texas Constitution - City, County, State, Federal. There are a number of areas we could consolidate and save taxpayers money and gain efficiencies, but we have serfdoms to protect. The largest being independent school districts - Kerr County should have one school district, not 3 or 4. Costs could be reduced in administration, transportation, food services. At the law enforcement level, I personally wish we would dump city/county law enforcement and get expanded state services. I believe Oklahoma does something like that.

Mary Lou SHELTON

GENE here: great post Mr Hunter. there are many small districts with their own administrative structures and superintendents that could be consolidated, thereby greatly reducing administrative costs state wide. as to law enforcement-we have police, sheriffs, highway partrol, marshalls, constables, and probably some I have never heard of. surely we could do some consolidation there. and you are right about the serfdoms-lots of people in nice sinecures for life. I saw a lot of that in large mental health organizations-high paid administrative positions with much overlap and no real work produced. you couldn't blow them out of there with dynamite.

Alan Pazdernik

wonder why we need county judge and his people let alone pay them

Mary Lou SHELTON

GENE here: based on what I read, we have massive overlap at lower levels of govt. with waste due to duplication and poor coordination. for example: why have a city council and county commissioners? the city has the bulk of the population and provides the bulk of the money. why not just call it kerr council, expand the membership by 3 with the requirement that 3 members have to live out of the city. save money by eliminating positions that are not necessary, and no problem with communication of issues. and that would be just for starters.

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