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Kendall County confirms eighth case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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JOHN VOGT | TEXAS BREAKING NEWS

BOERNE, Texas — The Kendall County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Boerne reported an eighth case of Coronavirus COVID-19 Thursday afternoon.

Four of the cases are in Boerne, three are in Kendall County and one is in Fair Oaks Ranch, according to the Kendall County Office of Emergency Management.


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According to DSHS Region 8, five of the cases are considered active with three recoveries.

None of the people who tested positive have been hospitalized.


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If you need any additional information, you can contact The City of Boerne. The city has created a new email address (COVID19@boerne-tx.gov) for all requests/questions.

Texas Breaking News will continue to update you as there are new developments.


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Kerrville Police Department shows how they are staying safe through COVID-19 Pandemic

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KERRVILLE, Texas — The Kerrville Police Department explained on Facebook Thursday morning how they are taking precautions in order to serve the public without catching or spreading COVID-19

 “Every officer reporting to work is screened and has their temperature taken. We are also practicing social distancing, washing our hands frequently, using hand sanitizer when we can’t, and taking every reasonable precaution to stay healthy and keep those around us safe.”


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The Kerrville Police Department also extended their gratitude to Home Depot and Garrison Brother’s Distillery for their generous donations of PPE and hand sanitizer.

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They also thanked everyone who has offered to make them masks, donated food, and helped out in ways large and small.


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“This is a strong community and we will get through this together.”

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Sergeant Lamb from the Kerrville Police Department answered some other questions from Texas Breaking News last week about how they are operating through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Q. Is KPD still operating as normal? 


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A. Yes, we are still operating as usual. We are still patrolling, conducting traffic stops and making arrests as needed.

Q. What precautions is KPD taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

A. We are taking all the common-sense precautions that we hope everyone is taking: washing hands frequently with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing isn’t available, social distancing, and avoiding face touching.

Q.  Is your lobby open? Can residents still call the police department like normal? 

A. We have started screening callers and visitors to our lobby with a standard checklist, in order to determine if the caller (or visitor) is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 prior to contact with officers.

Texas Breaking News will keep you updated with any changes.

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Texans filing for unemployment increase 1,600% over two weeks ago

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Cooper Neil for The Texas Tribune

Texans filing for unemployment increase 1,600% over two weeks ago

The number of Texans applying for unemployment relief continues to climb as more workers are laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, 275,597 Texans applied — a 1,604% increase over the 16,176 Texans who filed in the week ending March 14.


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The week ending March 21 saw the first spike of the pandemic, with 155,657 out-of-work Texans applying for relief. Both numbers are miles higher than the worst week of the Great Recession, which saw 49,398 Texans file for benefits, and the 63,788 who filed after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area. In the last year, the Texas Workforce Commission has typically fielded 13,600 individuals applying each week.

Those numbers are expected to rise, as Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday issued a statewide stay-at-home order, which allows only essential businesses to operate through April 30. Previously, many cities and counties had announced similar orders.


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Meanwhile, many Texans who have been trying to apply for unemployment relief for days or weeks say they can’t get through. The crush of people filing has overwhelmed the Texas Workforce Commission’s capacity, leading to busy phone lines and website outages.

Both the commission and Abbott have assured worried Texans that all who need relief will get it.

“Just know that you’re not going to be denied your claim just because you’re having a hard time getting through,” Abbott said at a press conference Tuesday.


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Last Thursday, TWC Executive Director Ed Serna asked Texans to “have a little patience with us.” The commission is hiring additional staff, extending operating hours and beefing up server capacity to address the increased need.

Some requirements have been relaxed: there is no longer a work search requirement, and anyone who was previously overpaid while receiving unemployment won’t see their benefits reduced. But other Texans still fall through the cracks. Gig workers and those who are self-employed remain ineligible for state unemployment benefits, but they may be covered by the recently passed federal stimulus package.

Nationally, the employment situation is just as dire: 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, doubling the previous week when 3.3 million Americans filed and again setting a new record, previously held by the 1982 recession.

 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/04/02/texans-filing-unemployment-increases-1600-over-two-weeks-ago/.

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