A local state of disaster for a public health emergency has been declared for the City of Killeen, effective today.
Mayor Jose Segarra signed the declaration today, which will continue upon approval by the Killeen City Council. The declaration will remain in effect until it is terminated by the mayor.
“Right now we’re just doing an emergency declaration,” Mayor Jose Segarra said. "We're not quarantining people. This is just to make sure that we continue to receive the funding that we've been receiving from the state."
"We're not doing a mask mandate," he added.
The action activates the city’s emergency management plan and authorizes aid and assistance. It also authorizes the city to take any necessary actions to promote health and suppress the virus, including but not limited to quarantining patients, establishing quarantine stations, as well as testing stations, vaccination stations and emergency hospitals; and insuring compliance for those who do not comply with the city’s rules and directives, according to a news release from the city.
The press release asks residents to text their zip code to GETVAX (438829) for a list of nearby locations to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Each person is also sent information about free childcare and getting a ride to a vaccination location. Residents may also call the connected hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for the same information.
City leaders want to highlight that the coronavirus is still present and those who are vaccinated are still encouraged to follow guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing.