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Parker County is constantly working with partners to provide a safe environment for our community. The Parker County Office of Emergency Services (OES) continues to work with the Parker County Local Health Authority, Dr. Stephen Welch, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and CDC to monitor and stay involved with any and all medical threats or issues that might involve Parker County.

COVID-19 summary:

CASE STATUS BY CITY

COVID-19 numbers

Latest Parker County COVID-19 Update:

  • Update for March 25, 2020:  The Parker County Office of Emergency Management and the Parker County Local Health Authority received confirmation late today from the Texas Department of State Health Services that Parker County has our 3rd and 4th confirmed Covid-19 patients. 
  • Update for March 24, 2020:  From the Parker County Judge...Parker County is under an Amended Declaration of Local Disaster that was signed on Monday, March 23rd. To be clear, this is not a stay in place order. The county’s declaration requires non-essential businesses to cease operations by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th for up to 30 days. In addition, the declaration restricts social groups to no more than 10 people. The Commissioners Court along with Emergency Management is monitoring the situation closely and we have been speaking with other North Texas County Judges as well as city, state, and federal officials regarding the ongoing COVID-19 issue.
  • An Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency was signed March 23,2020 and will go into effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6PM.  To read the declaration, visit: https://www.parkercountytx.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=416 
  • Parker County Local Health Authority remains in communication with the Governor’s office and Department of State Health Services to monitor the virus situation and currently remains at a level 3 Readiness.

covid-19 COUNTS:

  • Texas Cases (Numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services)
  • Global Cases (Numbers from John Hopkins Hospital)

What is COVID-19 or CORONAVIRUS?

COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that was first discovered in Wuhan, China. It is transmitted from person to person.  Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, fatigue and sore throat. Severe cases include persistent high fever, shortness of breath and pneumonia.

Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are people over age 60 and people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

COVID-19 is transmitted through:

  • close contact with an infected person
  • by an infected person coughing or sneezing
  • and by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

It takes from two days up to 14 days from being exposed to the virus before you will get sick.

Local or community transmission is when the virus is spreading from person to person within the community rather than being acquired through travel. Though household cases are examples of community transmission, the concern is with continued spread beyond a single household or cluster. That’s when the chain of infection cannot be easily identified.  

How you can prevent COVID-19?

Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What should I do if I get sick?

Stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours unless you experience significant symptoms, then contact your medical provider before you seek care.

Limit your contact with others in your household if at all possible.  If possible limit the number of people who provide you care within the home so you don’t expose them.

Most cases of coronavirus will be mild and you will recover without medical care.  If you have persistent fever, high fever, have underlying medical conditions contact your medical care provider.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your medical provider before seeking care.  If you don’t notify them before arriving at the clinic or hospital immediately grab a mask and let the intake staff know your concern so that you don’t potentially expose others while waiting to be seen.

Coronavirus Informational Resources:

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: COVID-19 

Community Mitigation Strategy

Workplace, School, and Home Guidance

Business Resources:

Small Guidance and Loan Resources 

State and Federal Resources:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19 Website

Texas Department of State Health Services - COVID-19 Website

For more information on Infectious Disease, please see the links below:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

KnoWhat2Do: Epidemics & Pandemics