Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently until the threat has passed.
Governor Greg Abbott announced July 2, 2020
Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household. (Executive Order GA29) Read the full Executive Order here.
All visitors to City facilities will be required to wear a face covering.
For the full list of changes to City Services, click here.
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.
State Wide Changes
** Updated 6/2/2020 at 12:21 PM **
Governor Greg Abbott New Executive Orders
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
A Message from 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.
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.
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.