The Corsicana City Council voted Monday to declare a local disaster due to the coronavirus pandemic and issued a "shelter in place" order to go in effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, and run for two weeks.
The move came at the advice of County Health Authority Dr. Kent Rogers, who said any outbreak of the virus would have a major impact on available health facilities.
The order approved by the council still allows for trips to banks, grocery stores and medical treatment, and all essential services and businesses can remain open while practicing social distancing to help avoid spread of the virus. Non-essential businesses are ordered closed with some exceptions, including home-based businesses.
Restaurants can continue to offer takeout and delivery food orders.
The council vote on the declaration was 4 to 1, with Councilman Chris Woolsey casting the lone `no` vote.
Navarro County authorities are expected to enact a similar measure on Tuesday.