Which Counties In Texas Are Under Some Sort of Stay-At-Home Order?

(Southside Light News) -- The number of urban cities and counties issuing stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders is on the rise. Governor Greg Abbott has said that he wishes for local officials to work together and come to their own solutions.  

Most of the state's largest cities and counties have already announced stay-at-home orders and many other have announced plans to follow suit. Nueces County goes under a stay-0at-home order at 11:59 pm on Thursday night. 

Legal experts have maintained that contrary to Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales and spin doctor Thomas Graham said on Wednesday, stay-at-home and shelter-in-place are essentially the same thing regardless of their attempts to self-define the difference. Judge Canales and Graham are not alone in their attempts to define the difference, as leaders around the state have started moving towards calling them stay-at-home orders so people don’t get it confused with orders during something like a hurricane, active shooter or some other emergency. 

Here’s a look at which counties currently have stay-at-home orders in place:
  • Bell County
  • Bexar County (San Antonio)
  • Brazos County
  • Burnet County
  • Cameron County
  • Castro County
  • Collin County
  • Dallas County (Dallas)
  • Denton County
  • El Paso County
  • Fort Bend County
  • Galveston County
  • Harris County (Houston)
  •  Hays County
  • Hidalgo County
  • Hunt County
  • Lampasas (City)
  • McLennan County (Waco)
  • Rockwall County
  • Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
  •  Travis County 
Meanwhile, Gregg County, northeast of Tyler, has issued a voluntary shelter-at-home order.