The Cleburne City Council continues its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.
At its April 14 meeting, the City Council approved extending its existing declaration of local disaster to the next City Council meeting on April 28 and approved the appointment of Dr. Michelle Beeson as the City’s health authority. These decisions continue to position the City to take quick and necessary action as warranted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City Council first approved a disaster declaration on March 1. Since that time, the city has used a measured approach to introduce orders aimed at protecting the community and limiting the spread of the virus within Cleburne.
“I’ve been asked why are our orders not going with the duration of the Governor’s orders until April 30 and I believe it’s important we have that check and balance every two weeks to present to City Council,” Mayor Scott Cain said.
The City Council also appointed Dr. Michelle Beeson as its health authority. Having a municipal health authority allows the city to be notified first in the event of a positive COVID-19 test in our city limits rather than going through the county. It also enables the city to more directly interact with the Texas Department of State Health Services and for our staff to receive expert medical advice quickly. Dr. Beeson has served the city as Cleburne Fire Department’s Medical Director since 1999.
“Dr. Beeson is already helping us take a look at our plans and talking about how we can start getting the community back so we don’t run the risk of rapid spread,” Mayor Cain said. “People will need to continue to maintain social distancing separation and practice good hygiene.
“When we do go back to business as usual, it won’t be business as usual.