City of Amarillo issues ‘shelter in place’ order

State & Regional

(Nexstar Media Group/EverythingLubbock.com Staff)

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT)— The city of Amarillo issued a ‘shelter in place’ order on Monday morning.

The city updated a local state of disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amarillo-area Coronavirus Status Alert is now at Level Red.

The order goes into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m. and goes until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. and states that the residents should stay home when possible, while keeping a distance of 6 feet from other people if they go outside.

Under the new order, businesses considered non-essential are required to close.

Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said the Amarillo-area will see a spike in positive tests because more tests are being completed. As of now, more than 20 people are in quarantine.

These orders are being made in order to help slow the spread of the virus.

Nelson said the Amarillo-area will see a spike in positive tests because more tests are being completed.

More than 20 people are in quarantine.

This makes 25 cases of COVID-19 in the Texas Panhandle:

  • Moore County: 1
  • Swisher County: 1
  • Potter County: 5
  • Randall County: 6
  • Castro County: 8
  • Deaf Smith County: 2
  • Oldham County: 2

There are four confirmed cases in Eastern New Mexico.

  • Curry County: 3
  • Roosevelt County: 1

To find out more information on what places are considered essential, CLICK HERE.

RELATED STORY: High Plains COVID-19 cases by county

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