Some In Collin County Say Coronavirus Restrictions Don't Go Far Enough

Alan Scaia
March 25, 2020 - 7:57 am
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MCKINNEY (1080 KRLD) - Tuesday, Collin County announced its "Stay at Home" order to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, but some people say the measure does not go far enough.

County Judge Chris Hill made the announcement with several city mayors.

"Our highest priority is physical health and well-being, but we absolutely recognize, just as I suspect every other county does, the financial health and well-being of our citizens is critical, also," he said.

The measure stops short of shelter-in-place measures in effect in Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.

Related: Collin County Officials Announce Shelter-In-Place Coronavirus Restrictions

The order allows "travel related to essential activities," and businesses in Collin County are allowed to stay open.

"You have a responsibility to your constituents and you have failed to protect us," one woman wrote in response to Hill's Facebook post about the measure.

"His order is ridiculous and endangering to lots of people. No other county is concerned about financial health more than stopping the spread of this horrible virus!​" another wrote.

The mayor of McKinney says he will work with his city council to develop additional conditions that would not be overridden by the county's declaration.

"There will be more restrictions. I have to identify, though, what legal ability we have," says McKinney Mayor George Fuller. "We certainly will conform with the law."

Hill said any reason for leaving home must be "essential." He said a valid reason for traveling to a business would be "shopping for essential clothes that you need."

A non-essential reason would be shopping for the latest spring fashions, he said.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Collin County Health Care Services announced it had confirmed eight additional cases of COVID-19. None of those eight required hospitalization.

Two of the eight had underlying health conditions. One had traveled outside the United States, two had traveled within the U.S. and three said they had been in "close contact" with another confirmed case.

Three of those people live in Allen, two live in Melissa, and Frisco, McKinney and Richardson each had one case.

A total of 53 people in Collin County have tested positive for COVID-19.