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Kaufman County issues shelter in place order

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KAUFMAN COUNTY–After a lengthy discussion and reconvening an emergency meeting  March 24, Kaufman County Commissioners approved the issuance of a shelter in place order. 
The order goes into effect March 25 at midnight. They also extended the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Heath Emergency for 30 days. Essential businesses as defined by Department of Homeland Security will not be affected by the order. The order is put in place to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus. The county also extended its declaration of local disaster for public health emergency which works hand in hand with the shelter in place order.  
Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Lundberg consulted with Kaufman County Emergency Coordinator Steve Howie on the best course of action for wording. 
Kaufman County Physician Dr. Ben Brashear spoke during the emergency meeting to the commissioners stating that Kaufman County is less populated than metropolitan areas such as Dallas but most commerce and travel is conducted through Dallas County, heightening Kaufman County residents’ exposure to the virus. 
Dr. Brashear also stated that due to the lengthy incubation period of COVID-19, we could also presume that the virus is already in our community and quietly spreading asymptomatically. 
Residents are encouraged to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and to maintain social distancing. 
During regular meeting of Commissioners Court, commissioners approved a contract with VitalChek for online County Clerk Vital Records request. This will enable the public to submit requests online and pay for the services with no cost to the county. 
Commissioners also approved the date change for the May elections. Based on the declaration by Governor Greg Abbott, the county elections that were to be held May 2 will now be held Nov 3 and any runoff elections that would have been held May 26 will be moved to July 14.
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved the County Investment Policy.
• Entered into a contract for professional services agreement between Kaufman County and Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP. 
• Tabled for review, the solicitation of RFQ 20-14: 2019 Kaufman County Bond Program, Consulting Engineering Services, Road, Bridge Program Management.
• Approved Business Associate Agreement with Integrated Prescription Management. 
• Approved line item transfers and claims for payment totaling $1,895,187.88