What is the status of day care centers under Victoria's stay-at-home order?

Tracey Cisneros checks the temperature of Brylee Ramirez, 5, outside the entrance of First Baptist Church Day Care in downtown Victoria in this Advocate file photo. Day care centers are considered an "essential service" under the city and county's "Stay Home – Stay Safe" orders.

Q: What is the status of day care centers under Victoria’s stay-at-home order?

A: Day care centers can remain open under the city and county’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” orders, which go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

According to the orders, “day care services for children and adults are added to the definition of essential services for the jurisdiction covered by this order, to the extent necessary to allow caregivers to provider or obtain essential services.”

Victoria’s order includes “day care services as an essential service for folks who fit in these (essential) categories, so the parents or caregivers who fall within these categories, day care services remain an essential service for them,” County Judge Ben Zeller said at a news conference Wednesday.

The orders go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and last until April 30. For questions about the orders or to determine whether your work is considered an essential service, call Victoria’s COVID-19 hotline at 361-580-5796 or refer to the federal government’s guidance on what constitutes on an essential worker.

Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. Questions, tips, or ideas? Please get in touch: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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