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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian –Beacon—
FLOYDADA – Judge Marty Lucke called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Mr. Snowden from the First Baptist Church in Floydada was asked to lead the prayer.
The next item on the agenda was open discussion with all elected officials, community leaders, business owners and citizens concerning the threat to the citizens of Floyd County from COVID-19. Judge Lucke waved the usually sign in request but asked that people state their names.
Dr. Gilbert Trevino, Superintendent of Floydada ISD was asked to speak first. He stated that the school is being very proactive in keeping up with the news on this virus. Trevino stated, “Everyone’s safety is the most important. There is a plan in place for the temporary closing of Floydada ISD.”
Floydada school kids will start distance learning on March 27 through April 6. At that time the situation on the virus will be re-evaluated. Trevino also stated that hard copies will be provided for students who do not have internet.
Mr. Baum, Lockney ISD Superintendent spoke next. He stated, “Lockney also has a plan in place for distance learning, and like Floydada students who do not have internet they will also be provided hard copies. The health and safety of all our students and staff is my main concern.”
Both schools reported that they plan on offering meals to students during this time of closure. Floydada is planning to transport meals to students who do not have a way to pick those meals up.
Lockney City Manager Buster Poling reports that it’s been business as usual. He stated, “We don’t have a lot of traffic coming in, most of our business is done throw the drive-thru. But the other concern is the customers using cash, so credit cards or debit cards are encouraged. Our staff has been told if they do not feel good, if they have a fever to stay home.”
Floydada City Manager state that they have shut down the lobby area and doing most business through the drive-thru.
Judge Lucke commented that keeping our local economy together is very important. Gathering have been limited to 50 people or less.
The CEO of the WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital stated they have been moderating this virus very closely and the hospital and staff are equipped to handle the situation should anyone test positive. The hospital has restricted the visitation at the hospital and the nursing homes will not allow visitors.
Every staff member is being screened before work and they are following the CDC guidelines. The clinic is still currently still seeing some flu cases. COVID-19 testing is limited to patients who show the signs of the virus. Should anyone feel like they may have come in contact or showing signs of the virus should call the clinic, inform the staff of systems and they will give further instructions.
It was talked about Sheriff Raissez getting with the dispatcher to have a list of questions to ask anyone who calls 911. More research will be done to see if this is allowed.
Judge Lucke asked the crowd how they felt about the schools in Floyd County closing until March 30, and at that time the commissioners could meet again to re-evaluate. Any gathering will be limited to no more 50 people.
A motion was made by Commissioner Smith and seconded my Commissioner Johnson to declare a state of disaster ending date of March 28. Meeting to re-evaluate will be on March 30 at 8 a.m. The motion passed by unanimous vote
Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
The Commissioners present were Nathan Johnson, David Martinez, Clint Bigham and Tanner Smith.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 30, at 8 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Court room 106.