City of Watauga Declares a Local State of Disaster in Response to COVID-19
The City of Watauga Mayor, Arthur L. Miner, has declared a Local State of Disaster for the City of Watauga effective March 17, 2020. This declaration is in coordination with other efforts at the State and Federal level and is required to address the growing health threat of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
The text of the Proclamation Declaration reads as follows:
CITY OF WATAUGA, TEXAS
DECLARING A LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER
WHEREAS, in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated COVID-19, was detected in Wuhan, China; and,
WHEREAS, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and can range from mild to severe illness; and,
WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, advising countries to prepare for the containment, detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing, and prevention of onward spread of the disease; and,
WHEREAS, on March 5, 2020, the World Health Organization Director General urged aggressive preparedness and activation of emergency plans to change the trajectory of this pandemic; and
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic; and
WHEREAS, on the morning of March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is a statewide public disaster; and
WHEREAS, on the afternoon of March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, immediate, deliberate, and coordinated effort and action is required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and manage and treat cases of COVID-19 in accordance with measures proposed by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Watauga, Texas, pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Mayor by the Watauga City Charter and Texas Government Code §418.108, has the power to declare a local state of disaster within the City for a period of seven (7) days, to continue until March 24, 2020, subject to continuation or renewal by consent of the City Council; and,
WHEREAS, as Mayor, I hereby proclaim and declare a local state of disaster within the City of Watauga, Texas, that shall continue in effect until March 24, 2020, unless continued by the City Council; and,
WHEREAS, the City Clerk is hereby directed to give prompt and general publicity to the issuance of this DECLARATION.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF WATAUGA, TEXAS:
That a local state of disaster is declared for the City of Watauga, Texas on this 17th day of March 2020.
That the City’s Emergency Management Plan has been implemented.
That this state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days hereof, unless the same is continued by the consent of the City Council of Watauga, Texas.
That this proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.
DECLARED this the 17th day of March 2020.
Bradley A. Fraley | Chief Information Officer
City of Watauga, Texas
7105 Whitley Road
Watauga, TX 76148