Communications & Outreach

As we do our best to navigate the COVID-19 response, we aim to create useful communication tools and programs that will help us all better understand the situation and the response.

Virtual Press Conference

Virtual Press Conferences are hosted periodically, with situational updates, by Mayor Kyle Deaver, McLennan County Judge Scott Felton and Dr. Jackson Griggs from the McLennan County Medical Team about the state of COVID-19 in our community.

August 5, 2020

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Local health experts and community leaders take part in a virtual town hall meeting to discuss equity in healthcare and health disparities related to COVID-19.

July 9, 2020

July 2, 2020

May 7, 2020

Community Leaders Messaging & PSAs

Waco Fire shares what social distancing means to them, and how important it is to be safe as first responders in the community.
Waco Police share their thoughts on social distancing and fighting COVID-19 in our community.
(Espanol) Waco Police share their thoughts on social distancing and fighting COVID-19 in our community.
Mayor Deaver urges employers to allow employees to stay home when they're sick and it they're able, to work from home.
(Espanol) Council Member Hector Sabido urges employers to allow employees to stay home when they're sick and it they're able, to work from home.
McLennan County Sheriff McNamara shares his thanks to citizens for adhering to the shelter in place order as we continue to flatten the curve.
Robinson Police Officers remind citizens that wearing masks can be cool. Covering your face and protecting your space are the considerate things to do.
City Manager of Lorena, Joseph Pace, reminds us that staying at home saves lives. Continuing to practice social distancing is the key to stopping the spread.
City Manager of Bellmead, Yost Zakhary, thanks the community for doing their part to stop the spread and reminds us that the fight continues against COVID-19.

City of Waco Podcasts 'City Talk Program'

May 24, 2020

City Councilman and Chair of the McLennan County Appraisal District, John Kinnaird, talks with newly appointed Chief Appraiser, Joe Don Bobbitt, about the property valuation notices that were mailed recently, the process and how to protest.

May 17, 2020

Mayor Deaver and McLennan County Judge Scott Felton discuss COVID-19 and the effects its had on our communities.

May 10, 2020

Mayor Deaver, Councilman Dillon Meek and Kyle Citrano, President of the Waco Restaurant Association, chat about partial reopening of restaurants and businesses and the challenges of COVID-19.

May 3, 2020

Mayor Deaver, Councilman Sabido and Natalie Kelinske who co-chair the Strategic Communication Collaboration work team during the COVID-19 pandemic chat about communication best practices.

April 26, 2020

Mayor Deaver-Mayor Pro-Tem Barefield and CEO of Prosper Waco discuss Social Services and Educational services during the COVID-19 event.

April 19, 2020

A discussion with Mayor Deaver, and City Councilman Kinnaird about the Health Response and Coordination Collaborative work happening in McLennan County.

April 12, 2020

Hear Mayor Deaver as he visits with Council Member Jim Holmes and Waco Business League President Sara Roberts as they talk about financial issues that challenge our citizens, own local businesses, schools and non-profits.

April 5, 2020

Hear Mayor Deaver as he visits with Ron Kimbell of MHMR about dealing with stress and anxiety during these difficult times.

March 29, 2020

Hear Mayor Deaver and the Department Director over Code Enforcement talk about the Shelter in Place Order and other non-medical things about these COVID-19 times.

March 20, 2020

Hear conversation with Mayor Deaver and Public Health Director Dr. Gray on COVID-19, FAQ’s and things families can do for entertainment.

Waco City Council Working Group Presentations

Presentations are heard from four working teams, a partnership with council members, city staff and community partners to facilitate areas of the response to COVID-19. Presented April 7, 2020.

Health Response & Coordination Group

Council Member John Kinnaird & Co-Chair, Dr. Jackson Griggs

Business & Individual Financial Recovery Group

Council Member Jim Holmes & Co-Chair, Sarah Roberts

Strategic Communications Group

Council Member Hector Sabido & Co-Chair, Natalie Kelinske

Social Services & Education Group

Mayor Pro Tem Andrea Barefield & Co-Chair, Suzii Paynter March