Coronoavirus

Q: Will an order limiting gatherings be issued in Victoria? Will such an order be issued for Victoria if 1, 2, 3 or more cases occur?

A: The city of Austin issued an order prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people. When the order was issued Saturday, two cases were presumed positive in Travis County. The number has since risen to six.

Jesús Garza, Victoria’s city manager, said during a news conference that the city is not yet mandating that gatherings of any size be limited.

Garza said he anticipated reconsidering citywide cancellations if community spread were detected in Victoria County.

“If there’s widespread community transmission in counties around us, then we’ll definitely tailor our guidance,” said David Gonzales, director of the Victoria County Public Health Department.

Gonzales said he wasn’t sure about a precise number of cases that would trigger event cancellations or other government mandates.

“It’s difficult to put an exact number on it,” Gonzales said. “That’s going to vary based on community size.”

In the Crossroads, there has been one presumed positive case in Yoakum, and another in Matagorda County.

Garza also said Sunday afternoon that the city has been following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sunday night, the CDC recommended canceling or postponing events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.

Morgan O'Hanlon is the business and agriculture reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6328, mohanlon@vicad.com or on Twitter @mcohanlon.

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Morgan covers business for the Victoria Advocate. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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