News from Hutto 

Coronavirus Updates and Headlines 

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"In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and in Central Texas, County Judge Bill Gravell has issued a Stay Home Stay Safe Order for all individuals in Williamson County. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions. The Stay Home Stay Safe directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home." 

Williamson County Stay Home Stay Safe Orders can be viewed in full here.

 

The most accurate public information can be found on the World Health Organization's website or the CDC website.

CITY OF HUTTO ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

The city of Hutto has issued a declaration of disaster, effective March 16, to "take additional steps to prepare for, respond and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COV-19) to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of Hutto,"

  • On March 18 City Hall made the announcement that they will be conducting business by email or phone at 512-759-4033.

  • Hutto ISD declared schools will not resume until April 6th at this time.

  • The Hutto Public Library is currently expected to remain closed through the end of March.

  • The Mayor of Hutto released a video message addressing concerns of Coronavirus and how Hutto is addressing the concerns.

SENIOR RESOURCES:

 

Resources for seniors and caregivers by the AGE of Central Texas

AGE of Central Texas encourages all caregivers and older adults to follow the expert advice given from the CDC, which is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.

  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.

  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.

  • Avoid crowds.

For family members, neighbors, and caregivers:

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.

  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.

  • Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.

  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.

HEB launched delivery program for seniors. Call (833) 397-0080 for the Senior Support Line.

 

Visit our Senior Living page for more resources.

FOOD BANK ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Hutto Resource Center food bank is still serving the Hutto community. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, visit them online or call (512) 688-0176.

POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

From the Hutto Police Department Facebook Page: "Hutto Police Department officers will continue to patrol the city and respond to 9-1-1 calls and incidents related to all manner of serious offenses, including disturbances, thefts in progress, burglaries, welfare checks, injury vehicle crashes and more. Supervisors will determine if calls for service need an in-person or telephone response. Detectives will also continue to investigate serious matters.

The Hutto Police Department members are working collaboratively with our county and state partners to prepare for and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We value our face-to-face interactions with the public however we recognize the need to do our part to protect the public and our members. We will continue to keep the public informed with relevant information and we appreciate the public's understanding of our need to limit face-to-face contacts for the benefit of all. We are all committed to taking appropriate actions that protect the safety and the health of our members and the community.

Contact us for all non-emergencies at (512) 846-2200, press 1 then 1 again for a call taker.

Call 911 for all in progress emergencies."

RESTAURANTS IN HUTTO:

 

In response to the COVID-19 regulations set for local restaurants and bars, the following are still open in Hutto:

 

TEXAN CAFE & Pie Shop is offering curbside pickup and online ordering
Hippo Cafe is offering takeout and working on delivery options
Ricardo's Tacos & More is on Uber Eats and has take out available
Rio Grande Tex-Mex has full menu for takeout and offers delivery
Bien Hoa is pickup and carryout only
Pustka Family Barbeque normal business hours for pick up
Anthony’s Pizza is closed until April 3rd
Baked 'n Sconed offers drive thru, Uber Eats, and Grub Hub
Cookies, Cupcakes and More is take out, curbside service and delivery
Fortune House is takeout and delivery
Mario's Mexican Restaurant is on Door Dash
The Downtown Hall Of Fame offers to go orders and Uber Eats
Wen's Cafe offers takeout, delivery, and Door Dash
East Social House offers pickup orders
Great Wall Express offers takeout, delivery and Door Dash
Whataburger offers drive-thru orders and online curbside pick-up

For restaurants not listed here, visit our Hutto Eats page and find contact information for all places to eat in Hutto.

ADDITIONAL NEWS AND RESOURCES:

 

Texas Governor Abbott Office and the latest COVID-19 news as it relates to Texas.

The most accurate public information can be found on the World Health Organization's website or the CDC website.

The National Public Radio website provides a tracking map of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

File for unemployment if you have lost your job due to the Coronavirus.

Find employment during the Coronavirus pandemic at Texas Workforce Solutions.

COVID-19 PREVENTION:

 

The Department of State and Health Services recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.

  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Begin practicing social distancing.

HOW COVID-19 SPREADS:

 

From the Center for Disease Control website: "Current understanding about how the virus that causes COVID‑19 spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses."

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

"These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads."

GET YOUR HOME COVID-19 READY:

Find more information about getting prepared in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community and household.

CREATE A HOUSEHOLD PLAN OF ACTION FROM THE CDC:

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. 

  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 

  • Get to know your neighbors. 

  • Identify aid organizations in your community. 

  • Create an emergency contact list. 

Find the full guide to creating a household plan of action here.

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