The Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court has called an emergency meeting for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to address the COVID-19 situation, including a possible “shelter-in-place” order.

County Judge Hal Richards was expected to make a statement at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The county said in a statement: “Due to our proximity to the Metroplex, evidence supports a high probability the virus will continue to spread and reach Kaufman County. We must all do our part to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

If you are a non-essential business, consider closing, reducing your workforce, or providing solutions for working from home. Community transmission means that COVID-19 is circulating and that we should act as if we are all exposed. If you are sick, you must stay home. All residents must monitor their health carefully at this time. Even if you are not sick, stay home as much as you can: work from home, study from home and avoid all unnecessary interactions and events.

Kaufman County will provide an update after tomorrow’s emergency meeting.”

On Sunday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter-in-place order. Dallas County became the first county in the Metroplex to impose such an order. Travis County is expected to follow suit Tuesday.

Residents in Dallas County were urged to "stay safe, stay at home." All non-essential businesses are ordered to close in-person operations. Exceptions include such activities as medical care, grocery shopping, trips to a pharmacy or outdoor exercising .In all these activities, people should maintain social distancing.

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