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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 COUNTS:


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The data that is being reported is provided to us on a daily basis by DSHS and Texas Health Trace (THT).  If there are differences between this report and the DSHS dashboard, it is due to a lag in reporting.  This disclaimer from DSHS can be found on their dashboard on the recoveries and active cases tabs.  If you are interested in viewing the information provided to us by THT/DSHS, please see the COVID-19 Tracking Report (found below).  All Parker County reports come from this data. 

COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION:

  • COVID-19 Self-Checker:  Start here
  • Texas COVID-19 Test Collection Sites: View Map
  • Current Parker County Drive-Through Testing:  

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LATEST COVID-19 NEWS:

DECLARATION ISSUED FOR PARKER COUNTY REQUIRING FACE MASKS IN GROUPS OF 100 PEOPLE OR MORE

July 1, 2020 -  A Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency was issued on July 1, 2020 requiring face masks for individuals in areas open to the public where social distancing is not feasible and where it is estimated that 100 people or more are present.  This order goes into effect Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM continuing through 6:00 p.m. on July 8, 2020, unless extended, modified or terminated early by the Parker County Judge or the Commissioners Court.

It is strongly encouraged for individuals 10 years and older to wear a face covering in areas open to the public where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people.  Face masks may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandannas, or a handkerchief and should be worn over the nose and mouth.  Individuals with a “significant mental or physical health risk” to wearing a mask do not have to comply with this ordinance. 

To read the declaration in its entirety, visit: https://www.parkercountytx.com/DocumentCenter/View/6727/Declaration-July-1


GOVERNOR ABBOTT ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ga-28

June 26, 2020 - Read Executive Order:  https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-28_targeted_response_to_reopening_COVID-19.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3RYqqxt-UE3FAhUBJSBg797Vm-eQbxq8yfL-aIL3mrvDQdVtXmawbEiwM 

Parker County Response:  Governor Abbott released a new executive order today rolling back some of his Texas reopening phases announced last month and this month.  From our initial reading, here are some relevant items for Parker County residents and businesses to be aware of:

  • Because of Parker County’s attestation granted on June 12th, restaurants, businesses and event venues can remain at 75% capacity. Counties without attestation must roll back to 50%.
  • Staff does not count toward operating capacity, except for manufacturing services and office workers.
  • Bars are closed again
  • Outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people that do not already fall under Executive Order guidelines in Sections 1,2, & 4 (it’s a lengthy list of events that are covered by EO guidelines) must have written approval from the mayor if in the city limits or the county judge if in the unincorporated county.
  • Every person and business should make good faith efforts to use available resources to follow minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS. These can be found at gov.texas.gov/opentexas.
  • Nothing prohibits a business from imposing additional hygiene/health requirements for customers, including face coverings.
  • Individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT UPDATE ON tEXAS’ CONTINUED RESPONSE TO COVID-19

June 23, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on Texas’ continued response to COVID-19. The Governor discussed several steps the state is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus in recent weeks—including increasing enforcement of health and safety regulations, rapidly increasing testing in hot spots, and working with hospitals throughout the state to ensure they have the ability to treat Texans who test positive for COVID-19. To read press release, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-provides-update-on-covid-19-response-urges-texans-to-follow-guidelines

Governor Abbott announces phase three to open texas

June 3, 2020 - Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Business that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. To view Executive Order GA - 26: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-26_expanded_opening_COVID-19.pdf 

GOVERNOR ABBOTt ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

May 26, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans. To view declaration:  https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/DISASTER_Adding_Covered_Services_to_GA-23_No_2_COVID-19.pdf 

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PHASE TWO TO OPEN TEXAS

May 18, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott announced the second phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXTENDS COVID-19 DISASTER DECLARATION FOR ALL TEXAS COUNTIES

May 12, 2020: Read Proclamation: Renewal of Disaster Declaration

GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXPANDS BUSINESS OPENINGS

May 5, 2020 - Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-21 relating to the expanded reopening of services (including various salons, wedding venues, etc.) as part of the Open Texas response to Covid-19.

parker county commissioners court sends letter to governor abbott

April 30, 2020 - Read letter: https://www.parkercountytx.com/DocumentCenter/View/6497/Letter-to-Governor-Abbott 

GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S REPORT TO OPEN TEXAS

April 27, 2020 - Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the Open Texas response to Covid-19.  In addition, the Governor released The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. The document contains guidelines and protocols to help Texans and businesses reopen safely.  

COMMISSIONERS COURT ISSUES FOURTH AMENDED DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER

April 27, 2020: The Commissioners Court issued Fourth Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health continuing to require all physicians and facilities to report their COVID-19 testing on a daily basis for an additional 30 days.

FIRST DRIVE THROUGH TESTING SITE IN THE WORKS

April 22, 2020:  The Governor’s Office, with input from DSHS, has reached out asking if Parker County would like to participate in mobile testing. The details will be forthcoming, but we have agreed and are working with the City of Weatherford on the logistics of a 1 day drive through testing site that will rotate to other counties, then return for another 1 day of testing. This rotation will continue for an unknown amount of time. Additional information about this free, state lead effort continues to come and we will include the details as they become available.

PARKER COUNTY SECOND AMENDED DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER IS SIGNED

April 21, 2020: Judge Deen issued a Second Amended Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health continuing to require all physicians and facilities to report their COVID-19 testing on a daily basis.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ISSUES THREE EXECUTIVE ORDERS

April 17, 2020 - Gov. Abbott issued three Executive Orders (EOs). Firstly, he established the Strike Force to Open Texas to advise on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. Secondly, EO GA-16 relates to the reopening of select services and activities. Thirdly, EO GA-15 relates to hospital capacity and PPE and loosens restrictions on surgeries that were put in place in March.  

NEW PARKER COUNTY COVID-19 TASK FORCE FORMED

April 17, 2020 - Parker County Judge Pat Deen announced the formation of a COVID-19 Task Force to combine resources in fighting this serious virus. 

GOVERNOR RENEWS DISASTER DECLARATION

April 12, 2020: The Governor renewed the disaster declaration of March 13, 2020 for Covid-19.

Amended Order signed BY COUNTY JUDGE 

April 9, 2020 - County Judge Pat Deen signed an order for all Parker County physicians, public, private and commercials labs and medical facilities to report the number of COVID-19 tests being conducted.  

GOVERNOR ABBOTT CLOSES ALL STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES

April 7, 2020  The Governor has directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks and historic sites. They will close to the public starting on 4/7 at 5PM and will reopen at the direction of the Governor.

Governor abbott issues executive order ga-14

March 31, 2020: Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14 to remain in force until April 30. Schools will remain closed until May 4th. The new order renews and amends his previous order, sets forth additional guidelines for social distancing as well as further defines "Essential Services".

LOCAL Declaration signed  

March 24, 2020 -  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.  


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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.