Uvalde County offices close to public, staff will still report to work

Beginning today, Tuesday, March 24, at 8 a.m., all Uvalde County offices are closed to the public. Employees are still reporting to work and county offices will be staffed.

The county of Uvalde issued a press release which states members of the public needing to do business with county officials should call and email the appropriate person.

Appointments will be made for necessary in-person visits.

“There is no greater responsibility we have as elected public officials and leaders of our community than to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens,” reads the release. “We cannot stress enough the importance of each and every one of us to do our part in combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We must exercise social distancing. We must disinfect hard surfaces, and we must continue to constantly wash our hands and cover our coughs.”

Uvalde County veteran services officer Lalo Zamora reported last week he would be available by phone for veterans needing assistance, as the Middle Rio Grande Workforce Center – where his office is housed – would be closing to visitors for the next two weeks. His number is 830-591-3776.

The Uvalde County Jail has been closed to visitors since Friday, March 13.

Tax office

Uvalde County Appraisal District has also closed to the public, but staff will still be on hand to collect payments. Penalties will continue to accrue for unpaid taxes.

Herby Ham Activity Center and El Progreso Memorial Library are closed to visitors. Library staff is still working and will offer book/movie check-outs with limited contact. Call the library at 830-278-2017 to inquire about availability of preferred books/movies. If the items are available, staff will set an appointment and, at the appropriate time, place the requested items on a card table outside for the borrower to retrieve.

Food Pantry

The City of Uvalde and the Uvalde Food Pantry are working together to offer a drive-through distribution of food on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 am.

No registration is required, and each vehicle will receive the same amount of food.

Organizers ask that participants travel south on Evans Street from Main Street and stop in front of the Food Pantry, where someone will bring food to awaiting vehicles.

Police officers will be present to direct traffic, and participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times.

No walk-up clients will be accepted.

Emergency food is still available on a case-by-case basis, and the phone number to contact is posted on the food pantry door.

Police Department

The Uvalde Police Department is working to limit any non-essential contact with the public by temporarily suspending any presence at most community events and limiting access to the main lobby of the police station.

Visitors may utilize the intercom located outside the main entrance, and a dispatcher will obtain information then ask complainants to wait in their vehicle for an officer.

Non-emergency calls may be made to the police department at 830-278-9147. People may also call to request reports, or email cchavez@uvaldetx.gov with their name, case number, a contact number and a brief statement about the request.

Sex offenders needing to register or check in are to contact secretary Angelica Camacho by phone at 830-278-9147 to set up a date and time as required by law. UPD asks that they do not arrive at the department without an appointment.

Other agencies

The Uvalde Housing Authority has closed its Garner Field Road office to the public, but staff is working remotely and available to assist clients.

Executive director Virginia R. Limon says clients may contact the office via telephone, 830-278-7161, email virginia.limon@uvaldeha.org, or fax 830-278-3665 to make changes or request forms.

The Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disability Center is limiting visitors and screening all who enter for signs of illness.

They have temporarily closed day services for those with intellectual developmental disabilities, and are limiting services in the mental health clinics to medication injections and a limited number of other essential services.

The office is not offering counseling, group services, assessments and case management services at this time, and they are not accepting walk-in intakes.

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