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County Prepares for COVID-19 with Tabletop Exercise

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County Prepares for COVID-19 with Tabletop Exercise

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More than 58 people  -- including representatives from school districts, hospitals, nursing homes, private businesses, volunteer organizations, utilities, first responders and emergency service districts -- participated in a Comal County tabletop exercise designed to help prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak.

Comal County Director of Public Health Cheryl Fraser told Commissioners Court this morning that on Wednesday the county conducted a “tabletop” exercise designed to help the community prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19.

More than 58 people  — including representatives from school districts, hospitals, nursing homes, private businesses, volunteer organizations, utilities, first responders and emergency services districts — participated in Operation: Bio-Shield,” two-hour-long, discussion-based exercise.

Participants were asked to focus on how their groups would respond to community transmission of COVID-19 and manage interdisciplinary and interagency coordination at the local, state and regional levels.

For regular updates on COVID-19 preparedness in Comal County, click here.

The county on Thursday also hosted its first weekly stakeholder meeting with various agencies to make sure everyone is “having the conversations they need to be having,” Fraser said.

In addition, Comal County’s Public Health office is sitting in on daily update calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 8 to make sure officials remain fully informed on the latest developments.

“We continue to push out updated guidance to our healthcare partners as it becomes available,” she said.

Gentrea Hendrickson, Comal County’s emergency preparedness coordinator, prepared the COVID-19 exercise and also attended Thursday’s meeting of Commissioners Court.

Fraser said county employees are receiving weekly email updates about COVID-19.

 

 

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