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From The News-Courier staff—
Knox County Judge Stan Wojcik addressed citizens with a video about the COVID-19 crisis following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement last Friday asking for restaurants and bars and schools to close and his earlier executive order for a state of emergency.
“We need everyone’s cooperation in following the procedures,” he said, “We’d all love to get back to normal.”
Wojcik indicated that he had met with all the other leaders in the county and emphasized that everybody’s goal is to make sure our county is safe and keep us without any cases.
He mentioned that Code Red was just a system whereby citizens could be alerted to emergencies and that they could make sure their phone numbers were included by calling 940 657-5050, the non-emergency number for 9-1-1.
He added that if anyone heard rumors, they could call him at 940 459-2191 or 940 256-1492 and he would be happy to provide the latest information.
In closing, he noted that everyone should continue social distancing and emphasized the importance of washing their hands.
Churches are doing their part to not have gatherings of 10 or more.
First United Methodist Munday will meet electronically Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m., thru a live stream service on Facebook: @mundayfumc. Also, a printed copy of “A House of Worship” at-home resource guide for family worship will be available for congregants to pick up on Friday from the fellowship hall.
First Baptist Church Munday will meet Sunday mornings and stream its services at 10:45 a.m.
on Santa Rosa Cable, channel 451, or on Facebook Live. The service will also be available on its website. Those without internet or Santa Rosa, can call the church office to request a DVD to be made. The services will be recorded and copies made for anyone to come by and pick up or by mail if they wish.
First Baptist Church Knox City cancelled Wednesday evening youth praise and worship services, and adult prayer and bible study. Sunday morning worship services will be broadcast live on Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative cable channel 450, but morning bible study has been cancelled for all age groups.
The celebration of the Holy Mass will continue as scheduled in both Catholic Parishes of Knox County without public participation. Faithful are dispensed from their obligation to attend the Holy Mass in person and are encouraged to attend any livestreaming of the Holy Mass. They can receive the Holy Communion at the end of each mass (St. Joseph’s at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 9.30 a.m. on Sundays and Santa Rosa at 11.30 a.m. on Sundays) and return home. All other activities are suspended until further notice.
Other smaller congregations, including Munday Church of Christ, have cancelled their services until further notice.
A few restaurants in the county are closed while others are offering takeout services until further notice.