In coordination with Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez Jr., County Attorney Michael Guerra, and Emergency Management Coordinator Juan Acuna, Jim Wells County is urging all residents within the county to strictly follow the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory regarding protective gear (masks) as a way to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


All citizens are encouraged to voluntarily comply with the directive to wear protective gear. People should wear masks when going into stores, putting gas and anywhere else that the public has access to. Using masks and other protective gear will help limit the spread of the Coronavirus.


The intent of this Order is to protect the physical health and well-being of Jim Wells County citizens and to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. This request is a proactive measure being taken for the health and safety of the citizens of JWC.


“CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus,“ according to the CDC website.


JWC will monitor voluntary compliance beginning Tuesday, April 7. If it appears that residents are not voluntarily complying with this request, then the Jim Wells County Commissioners’ Court reserves the right to address this matter by way of a formal order, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500, at its next regular meeting.


For more information on guidelines from the CDC visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html.