Potter County To Close All State Buildings For Two Weeks
Starting Tuesday, Nov. 10, County Judge Nancy Tanner ordered all Potter County buildings to close for two weeks. Although county buildings will be closed, courts will operate virtually and other county offices will still do work either virtually or by appointment.
Judge Tanner said hospitals in the area are "unsustainably stressed" and said that the county will do all it can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within Governor Greg Abbott's orders.
She also called infection rates in the area "alarming and dangerous" and urged people in the county to follow all public health guidelines, both from Texas state officials and the Centers for Disease Control.
Amarillo health officials reported 481 new COVID-19 cases, 488 recoveries and one death in Potter County on Monday.
The Public Health Department's COVID-19 report card shows 5,413 active cases in the Amarillo area with 2,458 active cases in Potter County and 2,955 in Randall County.
In total, 16,878 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the Amarillo area, including 9,684 cases in Potter County and 7,192 in Randall County.
The latest death in Potter County gives it a toll of 122 and brings the Amarillo area to 188 virus-related deaths with the 66 deaths reported in Randall County. Officials reported the hospitalization rate at 31.79% for the 25-county region.