Residents of Karnes City:

March 25, 2020

The City Council met this morning  in regards to expanding the Disaster Declaration. At this time we do NOT have a stay at home shelter in place issued.

The Covid-19 outbreak is closely being monitored and we ask each of you to continue to practice social distancing, stay home if possible and if you’re feeling sick to call your local physician.

There are currently NO cases in Karnes County, and with your help we hopefully can keep it that way.

Please continue to monitor both our Facebook page and Website for all current updates. If you have any questions, please call 780-3422 and/or email

Below is the audio footage from the City Council Meeting. 


March 20, 2020

ATTENTION: Leroy T. Skloss, City of Karnes City Mayor, has issued a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster and Public Health Emergency. For more information please click the link below.

City of Karnes City Declaration of a Local State of Disaster and Public Health Emergency


March 19, 2020

▪️Both City Hall and the Police Dept will continue to have the doors locked during business hours and do all work via telephone and Dropbox.
▪️All parties at the park will be cancelled until further notice.
▪️ The Playgrounds and Splash Pad will be off limits at the park until further notice. Walking trail will remain open.
▪️All baseball fields are closed and locked until further notice.
▪️ The City Council Meeting scheduled for next Tuesday has been postponed to April 28, 2020.

Also, we have been told that some of you cannot get thru via phone or sometimes someone else is answering. We are still receiving calls daily at the office, so our only guess is during peak times, the lines are getting crossed. We will continue to look into it.

If you are unable to reach us by phone, please email and we will get in contact with you. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as this is a new unknown process for all of us.


March 16, 2020

Though there are numerous affected areas throughout the State of Texas, to date, there have been NO reported cases in Karnes County, or in Karnes City. However, due to the Governor’s declaration covering all Texas Counties, our first responders’ medical personnel in Karnes County now have access to more resources than prior to the declaration.

The particular strain of the coronavirus that has prompted the President and Governor to act is known as COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this virus has a gestation period of two (2) to fourteen (14) days after contraction before symptoms are noticed and the virus may be spread through close contact (six (6) feet) with an infected person through respiratory droplets from sneezing and coughing.

With that all being said and in the interest of the safety of our residents, staff, and Governing Body, the City of Karnes City will implement the following procedures effective IMMEDIATELY:

• All City business will be conducted by email, phone, and dropbox (located by the front door). All doors to the City buildings will remain locked with NO outside entry allowed.
• Utility bill payments may be made through the drop box or by calling City Hall and transacting a credit card payment over the phone. (780-3422)
• Permitting will be conducted on a case-by-case basis, please call City Hall and ask for Kevin in Code Compliance.
• All non-emergency calls to the Karnes City Police Department will be handled via telephone and officer dispatchment will be on a case-by-case basis. (780-2300)

We apologize for any inconvenience these temporary reduction in services may cause, however, we believe the reductions are necessary to ensure the safety of those residing within the City and the staff who serve the community.
Should anyone have any questions, please call the City Hall at 780-3422.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. The timing of reopening will continually be monitored weekly.

Thank You.