Remote Parts of Texas Take Steps to Stem Spread of COVID-19

Barbara Schwarz
March 27, 2020 - 5:45 pm

DALLAS (KRLD) - Some of the most unpopulated parts of the state are doing their part to keep the virus from spreading.

Less than two thousand people call Jeff Davis county, in far west Texas, home,    Still the county has closed hotels, motels, short-term rentals like Air BNBs and campgrounds.   So have neighboring counties Presidio and Brewster. 

Jeff Davis Precinct two County commissioner Todd Jagger says there have been no coronavirus cases and they don't want any.  "Since Texas does not have a blanket essential travel order, what we're trying to do is discourage tourists that we normally see, especially areas that do have active cases."

He says even though they are remote they do have attractions.  "Something like 80,000 to 100,000 visitors come here every year."

Fort Davis National historic center visitor center,  park store, restrooms, and historic buildings are closed.  Davis Mountains state park
 headquarters, stores, and group sites are closed as is the McDonald Observatory.

He says wherever home is for you, "that's where you should go and that's where you should stay."