County Judge Hal Richards signed a “shelter-in-place” order this afternoon for Kaufman County in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. It will expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 8, subject to extension. Richards said the commissioners court chose that date because it has been used by other jurisdictions, and they wanted to make it easier for people to follow.

As of Tuesday morning, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in Kaufman County. However, nearby counties were experiencing an increase in confirmed cases. Dallas County had reported 169 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning.

The shelter-in-place order requires people who are not engaged in essential services or businesses to stay home. People may still make trips to the grocery store or pharmacy or to medical-related appointments. 

A copy of the order is posted to the Kaufman County website.

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