City and governor extend orders through April 30

At noon on April 6, Lampasas County Judge Dr. Randy Hoyer said he received word from Lampasas County Health Authority Dr. Georgia Hay that the county has its second confirmed case of COVID-19.

The first case was confirmed last week, and the patient reportedly was a female in her 40s who was "doing well" as of Friday, Hay said. The county's press release, posted online on April 6, said the second patient "is a female in her 50s who resides at the same household as the  first confirmed case."

"She is not hospitalized and is at her residence in self-quarantine," the press release continued. "Health authorities are reporting that the next two weeks could show a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 throughout the United States, including Texas. As citizens and residents of Lampasas County, it is imperative that we adhere to the Shelter In Place Order, continue social/physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently. Please follow these and all recommendations from the CDC.

"Working together, we will prevail!" Hoyer said. "God bless you and our country."


Last week, a City of Lampasas press release said the first confirmed case occurred in the eastern part of the county, and there had not been confirmed cases yet within the City of Lampasas.

 “We knew this day would come, and want to remind our residents to continue to be vigilant to limit any possible future exposures,” stated Lampasas Fire Chief Jeff Smith.

“There is no question, the steps that were put in place over 10 days ago, and the actions of our residents and businesses, have made a big difference in delaying the spread of the virus in Lampasas,” Lampasas Mayor Misti Talbert said. “It is a source of great pride seeing our community come together for this fight.”

The City Council extended its Emergency Declaration through April 30.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order March 31 extending "social distancing" mandates through April 30, with exceptions for some "essential services," including religious services, although he encourged congregations to use remote telework when possible. Public schools are closed to in-person classes at least until May 4. 

:Lampasas County Judge Dr. Randy Hoyer issued a similar countywide "shelter-in-place" order.

 Some provisions of Abbott's March 31 order were very similar to an order he previously issued, which was scheduled to end April 3. His newer order recognizes religious services as an essential service. The order states, however, that "all services should be provided through remote telework from home unless they are essential services that cannot be provided through remote telework. If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Restaurants and bars remain closed to on-premises dining and drinking, but drive-thru, pickup and delivery options for food and drinks is highly encouraged.

The order "does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID- 19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household."

During the school closure, Lampasas ISD and Lometa ISD are offering free meals and instruction which is to be completed off-campus. 

UIL has not announced a permanent cancelation of the spring sports season, but games are canceled at least until May 4. 

AS OF APRIL 6 AT  2:15 P.M.

Texas deaths: 140

Texas cases: 7,276

The number of recoveries
in Texas was not available at
press time.

U.S. deaths: 10,389

U.S. recoveries: 18,999

U.S. cases: 352,546

Worldwide deaths: 73,703

Worldwide recoveries:

Worldwide cases: 1,309,439

Sources: National and world
stats are from the Centers for
Disease Control. State statistics
are from the Texas Department
of State Health Services.