On Tuesday, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta signed an Emergency Declaration for Brazoria County.
The declaration activates the county’s emergency plan, which will allow the County to allocate resources, utilize personnel and enact procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It will also allow the county to request state assistance if needed.
The county also closed public libraries and museums effective until March 30.
The county will be open, but, encourages everyone to transact county business online if possible.
“This is being done as to not crush our healthcare systems,” says Sebesta. “I have asked varying people over the past couple of days, how many hospital beds they think we may have in Brazoria County. I want to share with you some facts. We have a total of 325 beds, with an additional surge capacity to bring us up to 408 if needed. Of that, only 35 are ICU beds. We have a finite list of resources and we are trying to not crush are healthcare systems.”
“Please take social- distancing serious,” says Sebesta. “Keep from getting in front of large groups of people. We want to protect our most vulnerable population.”
Sebesta urges residents to continue to support local restaurants thru their take out, curbside, and drive-thru service and to avoid dining inside.
A call center is open to answer public questions. The number is 979-864-2166 and the center will be open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. -6 p.m., and on Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Brazoria County has two cases of presumptive coronavirus.
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