I have to say that I’m embarrassed about the actions of Tarrant County leadership.
If ever there was a time for regionalism, this is it.
Dallas County’s Clay Jenkins is acting in very serious ways protecting the function of their hospitals, working through pretty well defined shelter-in-place rules.
I completely do not understand why Dallas & Tarrant county were not meeting together and doing a joint press conference.
Instead, based on the twitter feed of a Star Telegram reporter, Tarrant County had their own emergency meeting and was rehashing things; reinventing the wheel in some fit of hubris.
And this after our Mayor was trying to push the state for just that kind of shelter in place:
A list of North Texas health professionals and mayors including Johnson, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams wrote a joint letter to Gov. Abbott Sunday calling for a state-wide shelter-in-place order.
"We respectfully request that you consider issuing mandatory shelter-in-place orders for the State of Texas, or at minimum, that you very strongly recommend 'Safer at Home' directives fashioned in a similar nature to those implemented in New York and California," the letter reads in part.
While I can understand why the entire state with rural counties may not make sense for such sheltering (although it would probably be a good thing), it seems every region with a population above some amount should be doing this.