March 18, 2020
By Susan M. Redford, TAC Executive Director
As your Association, the Texas Association of Counties is doing our part to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus disease. We have asked most of our employees to work from home for the next 21 days. To protect you and our employees, we have also requested that staff postpone all non-essential work-related travel until April 6. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time to see if an extension is prudent. Despite this, our staff is just as committed to serving you, our members, as ever. If you need us, we will be there. We want to reassure you that we will do everything we can to help counties get through this uncertain time.
You as county officials are on the front lines of this pandemic, making crucial decisions to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus in our communities through closures, cancellations and other mitigation actions. The role of county officials in slowing the spread of COVID-19 couldn't be more significant, and it is a reminder to all Texans of the duty and ability of local government to protect its citizens. We will continue to provide updated resources on county.org as we receive them.
We welcome Gov. Abbott's March 13 emergency declaration and the resources of the state to accelerate testing and treatment for those impacted. Only through partnership at all levels of government can we act quickly to contain and mitigate the impact of this deadly virus.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything TAC can do for you or your county. Thank you for all you are doing as you and your fellow local officials work tirelessly to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are here for you!