Alvarado Mayor Tom Durington on Tuesday said city is taking common sense precautions to protect residents and city employees from threats of COVID-19 spread.

“We’ve closed the library and some other things and are following along with the same guidelines set by the county, which we’ll adjust if and as they adjust theirs,” Durington said.

County guidelines prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people with the exception of offices, schools, residential buildings, grocery stores, airports and transit stations and several other exceptions. 

The guidelines prohibit all public and private gatherings of more than 50 people. They also restrict restaurants to pick up or delivery only.

County guidelines close for now barbershops, beauty shops, nail salons and wellness spas. 

Retirement homes, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are closed to non-essential visitors at this time. 

The guidelines also call for quarantine of the entire household should any family member test positive for COVID-19.

So far two positive cases have been confirmed, both in the northern part of the county, County Judge Roger Harmon said. Three other residents have been tested, Harmon added. One came back negative. 

The other two residents, one in the Godley area, the second in the Burleson area, are under quarantine pending test results.

— Matt Smith

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