WATCH LIVE: Kleberg County COVID-19 press conference

Posted at 11:22 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 15:17:00-04

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kleberg County has announced a stay-at-home order for residents in the county.

Kleberg County officials are asking residents to stay home, unless work or travel is necessary, to combat the potential spread of COVID-19.

Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate and Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid announced Shelter-At-Home orders in a news conference Thursday morning.

The order allows essential businesses, like health care facilities, grocery stores, gas stations, as well as drive-thru and take-out restaurants, to remain open and accessible to community.

Officials also asked the public and employees of essential businesses to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between other individuals.

The Shelter-At-Home order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27, and continue until Wednesday, April 8.

Violations of the order are punishable with a fine of $500 for first offense and $1,000 or 180 days in jail for a second offense.
At the time of the news conference, Judge Madrid said there were currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, but there are still multiple ongoing tests.