Judge Blackburn Terminates COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

Belton, TX – On Tuesday, June 1, the Bell County Judge David Blackburn announced the termination of the 2020 Local Disaster Declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The only reason the Declaration has been in effect the past several months was to ensure that, if there were any federal or state benefits or program funding available to the county, we could make use of them,” Judge Blackburn said. “In talking to several area leaders, I don’t see any need to continue it at this time.”

The Bell County Commissioners Court approved the Declaration of Local State Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency on March 18, 2020. That approval meant that the Declaration would remain in effect until it was terminated by Judge Blackburn. That termination was officially signed Tuesday afternoon.

“We will continue to support both our public and private healthcare structures, as well as the Governor’s office and any federal or state agencies associated with the continuing efforts to get vaccinations done across the county,” Blackburn said, “but, as far as the county taking a lead role associated with those, I think those responsibilities will transition to other entities.”