Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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We understand that practicing social distancing can be disruptive, frustrating, and feel scary. Especially when the reason is a new disease for which there may be limited information. However, we ask that the community continue to practice social distancing until the threat has passed.

Governor Greg Abbott announced a phased reopening of the State of Texas. Fate is working to safely and strategically open the City while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Some City facilities will remain closed to the public including DPS Administration Building, Community Center, Park Pavilion, and organized activities in the Park.

All visitors to City facilities will be required to wear a face covering.

For the full list of changes to City Services, click here.

COVID-19 Case Count link

Find Texas case counts on the Texas Department of State Health Services website. COVID-19 case dashboard

** Disclaimer: All data are provisional and subject to change. ** This dashboard will be updated daily by 12 Noon. Data displayed are current as of 8 pm for the prior day. Data produced by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Laboratory, and Infectious Disease Services.

Cloth Face Covering

A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Cloth face coverings are especially important to wear in public in areas of widespread COVID-19 illness. Follow this link for more information.

** Posted 4/21/20 12:30 PM **

A Message to Our Fate Community from Mayor Pro Tem David Billings

As Mayor Pro Tem, I wanted to provide residents with an update on the Councils’ efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus and the reopening of businesses in Rockwall County. 

Last night, the Fate City Council met virtually to extend the Declaration of Local Disaster for a Public Health Emergency to remain in effect until the Governor of the State of Texas declares the end of the COVID – 19 disaster. Currently, this is April 30, 2020. A full list of amendments may be found here.

Additionally, a local small business assistance plan was established and will be made available online tomorrow, April 22, 2020. The recorded meeting can be viewed here.

The City has partnered with our sister cities to find new, creative and innovative ways to flatten the infection curve. Updates are given during daily conference calls from the State and local health officials. Fate is serving on the Rockwall County Economic task force to resolve and explore efficient and safe ways to reopen businesses.  Leadership is attending statewide conference calls to better understand Governor Abbot’s strategy for implementation here locally. 

Rockwall County leadership plans to follow Governor Abbott’s statewide plan to open businesses. However, the Rockwall County Mayors and City Managers will meet today (April 21, 2020) to review and plan for the local impacts to reopen businesses. The next update from Governor Abbott is expected on April 27, 2020. 

Thank you for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Your dedication to making Fate a great place to live and work has been amazing.  

Please keep our neighbors impacted by COVID-19 in your prayers! 

We are #FateStrong! 

Mayor Pro Tem David Billing

** Posted 3/28/20 8:30 PM **

A Message to Our Fate Community from Mayor Joe Burger

March 28, 2O2O As you know, Rockwall County health officials have confirmed a positive case of the COVID-19 in our city. Please keep this person in your thoughts and prayers.

Going forward, health officials are monitoring this person and will provide additional details to the extent private information can be shared. If you have a COVID-19 question, please call the Rockwall County Coronavirus Task Force at 972-204-7080.

I urge every citizen to comply with the City of Fate and the Rockwall County stay-at-home orders and use other precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 virus. Staying at home is difficult, but this is a short-term sacrifice and is needed for our long-term health and well-being, both as a community and state.

Please remember we are a community of deep faith and a strong sense of community. We will weather this storm together. Please reassure our children that we will get through this and our community will be stronger. Please stay educated about the virus, keep in contact in a socially responsible manner, and remain positive.

I urge you to take this time to watch a movie together, play board games, listen to your favorite music, and focus on the many blessings we all have in our lives. We are so blessed!

We all need to stick together, support our family, friends, and neighbors in this difficult period. We wish the person impacted by COVID-19 a quick recovery.

God bless you. Stay safe. We are #fatestrong! Only together can we #flattenthecurve.


Mayor Joe Burger

State Wide Changes

** Posted 5/12/2020 at 2 PM **

Governor Greg Abbott New Executive Orders

Governor Abbott's Seal

Click here for the latest from Governor Abbott. 

Click here for the full report Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas - Issued April 27, 2020

Click here for detailed information about Governor Abbott’s Executive Order and the Strike Force to Open Texas. - Issued April 17, 2020

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols - Issued March 31, 2020

Mayor Joe Burger
COVID-19 update 3-28-20

Rockwall County

** Posted 4/14/2020 3:00 PM **

Judge David Sweet’s Updated Order remains in effect until April 30, 2020.

** Posted 3/24/2020 3:40 PM **

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020, unless terminated or modified by subsequent Order: All individuals currently living within Rockwall County are ordered to remain at their place of residence. View the full Order of County Judge David Sweet here.

A Message from Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas

** Posted 3/20/2020 5:40 PM **

Please be advised, as of 12 p.m. Friday, March 20, there have been ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rockwall County under public health monitoring. However, the Rockwall County Health Authority has spoken to physicians seeing patients all over the county for suspected COVID-19 infections. Each of the physicians contacted feels they are already seeing patients with mild COVID-19 infections. The physicians have instructed patients to isolate at home without testing. At this point, it is safe to assume that there is some level of community spread in Rockwall County.  

Everyone must do their part in protecting themselves, their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community, and the healthcare system by following CDC guidance on self-care at home if experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms worsen and you begin to develop shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider before going to their office or an emergency room. Please understand that testing capabilities remain very limited across the country. 

Gary A. Bonacquisti MD, FACHE, Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas

** Posted 3/20/2020 at 12:30 PM **

I know we are all living in a very different reality in the midst of a global pandemic.  There are things we all need to be doing to get through this together and limit the spread and damage of this novel virus on the back end.  

1.    Mitigation and social distancing - The best way we can prevent this virus is avoiding contact.  Do not leave your house unless you absolutely have to.  If you must leave, such as shopping, practice social distancing. That means keeping at least 6 feet away from other individuals. Wash hands frequently and do not touch your mouth or face unless you recently washed your hands well.

2.    Avoid gathering together - Do not eat in restaurants/bars. Order take out or home delivery. Avoid gyms, dance classes, movie theatres, etc.  There should not be any grouping of more than 10 people in any one room and these individuals should be socially distanced. 

3.    If you are sick stay home - Most Covid19 infections are mild in 80 percent of individuals infected.  Treat with rest, fluids and Tylenol for the fever. Avoid anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Naprosyn, Aleve, etc. These can make infections worse.  If others in your house are not sick, socially isolate in your house.  I.e... The sick individual should use one bathroom and stay away from others in the house.  Testing capabilities are still very limited across the country.  The hospitals, at this time, are only testing individuals that are at a hospital-level of illness. This means people having respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or chest pain. We must avoid overwhelming our health care system.  If you have a mild illness, stay at home. If you worsen and begin to develop shortness of breath contact your provider before going to their office or an emergency room.   We must protect our healthcare workers so that they stay well and are there to treat those more seriously ill. There is no current treatment for coronavirus. If you go to an emergency room or physician’s office for mild symptoms you are exposing more individuals in the community and healthcare workers unnecessarily. 

4.    We must Flatten the Curve - #flattenthecurve.  The curve refers to the current level of infection.  If it rises above what our healthcare system can handle people will die needlessly. We will run out of our ability to treat those with more severe coronavirus infections, as well as normal illnesses we treat every day, such as heart attacks, strokes, or even normal everyday pneumonia.   What is YOUR role in this and how do we Flatten the Curve.   STAY at HOME!!!!!!

5.    Lastly and if you are not already aware - This is the NOT the flu.  It is much more transmissible with a much higher mortality and morbidity.  The young are being infected and multiple individuals in their 20’s, without any previous medical conditions, are on ventilators across the United States. I tell you this, not to frighten you, but to inform you so that we all can make wise decisions for our families and our community.   

6.    Please visit the CDC website for the care of self at home and precautions for worsening illness.

In your service. Gary A. Bonacquisti MD, FACHE, Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas. 

Gary A. Bonacquisti MD

What is the Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

What Can You Do

There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing.

Education: Visit the following websites for leading agency information.