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Morning News Roundup | June 25

City of Pearsall announced the temporary closure of City Hall due to several employees’ exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The drive-thru will also be closed and for the remainder of the week, all phone calls to City Hall will be forwarded to… the police department.

The Texas Education Agency on Tuesday released new guidelines on school reopenings. “According to the TEA, students will not be required to return to the classroom. Parents can choose to send students to school for in-person learning or to keep them home for online courses.” – KRGV

Facility closures are not unique to Pearsall City Hall, as an Atascosa Central Appraisal District employee tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, leading to the temporary shutdown of their office. Any department or entity in Frio County that has yet to experience a positive case or direct exposure should work on a plan for this scenario.

The ongoing Frio County elected official COVID-19 education effort gained two more certificates: Dalia Banda, from the District Clerk Office and Ray Kallio, EMC. (Ray completed his training on May 27). The master list will continue to be updated here: bit.ly/3hSYDAi

One of the key metrics we’re watching is the hospitalization rate in San Antonio. Below is a graph through yesterday, June 24. On the surface, it tells us the rate at which hospital beds have been occupied in San Antonio. Frio County should look at this graph and realize how quickly things can change. Face mask, physical distance, hand washing…The situation is already worse in Laredo, where the health authority requested emergency medical staff from the state and two of their hospitals were expected to hit ICU capacity last night.