County Judge Roger Harmon on Monday said additional restrictions are likely in effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in Johnson County.
In addition to restrictions in place already, Harmon said he will likely order beauty shops, barber shops and nail salons closed.
So far, Harmon said, their are only two confirmed cases in the county and three additional people who have been tested for the virus.
Nonetheless, Harmon and members of the Johnson County Commissioners Court said they want to remain proactive on the matter so as to stay ahead of the virus’ spread as much as possible.
“I really commend the public through this crisis,” Harmon said. “They’ve been stepping up to the plate, most of them anyway, and they are taking extremely precautionary measures. This [COVID-19 pandemic] remains a fluid situation and, as county judge, I will do whatever’s necessary to protect our citizens and employees.”
Commissioners on Monday voted to extend the declaration of disaster issued by Harmon last week. The extension runs seven days unless extended again at that time by commissioners.
That declaration caps the number of people allowed to congregate at 10 and limits restaurants to pick up and delivery service only.
Commissioner Larry Woolley noted that neighboring Tarrant County confirmed 10 new cases as of Sunday.
That’s going to happen, Harmon said, as testing of people increases.
“The higher the number of people that they confirm in our area the higher the chance of it exploding here,” Commissioner Jerry Stringer said. “I’m the most anti-big government person in the room but all the studies I’ve read show that if you don’t get in on the front end of this and keep people away from each other it’s going to be a long, dreary summer.”
It’s important as well, Stringer said, to battle misinformation with accurate information on the virus.
Commissioners agreed to meet again at 9 a.m. Friday at the Johnson County Courthouse to further discuss the situation.