Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

July 2, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

Executive Order – GA-29

Governor’s Proclamation Amending Executive Order-GA-28, regarding Mass Gatherings.

Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19

June 26, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Limits Certain Businesses And Services With Direct Link To Infections

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”

Executive Order (GA-28) – June 26, 2020

On Monday, June 22, 2020 Governor Abbott spoke in regards to the increased number of cases across the State of Texas. See summary below:

Governor Greg Abbott today 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.

The Governor urged Texans and Texas businesses to follow the Minimum Standard Health Protocols established by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as Texas continues to safely and strategically open the economy.

“COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in the state of Texas, and it must be corralled,” said Governor Abbott. “We have several strategies to reduce the spread without shutting Texas back down, but it is up to all of us to do our part to protect ourselves and others. We need all Texans to follow the safety protocols developed by our team of medical experts, including staying home if you are sick or at risk, sanitizing your hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings or masks. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, but neither has our ability to slow the spread of it. Texans have shown that we don’t have to choose between jobs and health—we can have both. We can protect lives while also restoring livelihoods. Together, we will keep Texans safe and we will keep our state open for business.”

Texans should visit open.texas.gov to learn more about the Minimum Standard Health Protocols and how they can help the Lone Star State slow the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that child care facilities, massage and personal care services, youth clubs and youth sports may immediately reopen; that restaurants may open with 50% capacity immediately; that bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, zoos and aquariums may reopen on May 22, 2020 with 25% capacity; that youth camps and professional sports may reopen effective May 31.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCED THE NEXT PHASES OF THE OPEN TEXAS PLAN

It is important that best practices for social distancing and precautionary measures are continuing to be taken by all to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time, the City of Caldwell urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy and safe by following the State of Texas Executive Orders, Re-Open Texas Plan, the CDC, and Texas DSHS guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.  

The Governor’s Report To OPEN TEXAS  

As of April 17, 2020, Governor Abbott established by Executive Order GA-17 the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts along with private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. 

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for Texas as outlined in the report.

Minimum Recommended Health Protocols (PDFs) shown below:

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 8, 2020

For more information about the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, visit the strike force webpage. 

View the The Governor’s Report To OPEN TEXAS  

 POSTED MAY 5, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

ON MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCED THE NEXT PHASES OF THE OPEN TEXAS PLAN. 

 It is important that best practices for social distancing and precautionary measures are continuing to be taken by all to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time, the City of Caldwell urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy and safe by following the State of Texas Executive Orders, Re-Open Texas Plan, the CDC, and Texas DSHS guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.  

The Governor’s Report To OPEN TEXAS 

As of April 17, 2020, Governor Abbott established by Executive Order GA-17 the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts along with private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.  

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for Texas as outlined in the report. 

Minimum Recommended Health Protocols (PDFs) 

This Friday, Texas will start getting back to work. In an address this afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott announced that his “stay-at-home” order would expire as intended on April 30, 2020.  

That means that starting Friday, May 1st, 2020 owners of: 

  • restaurants,  
  • malls,  
  • movie theaters, and  
  • all other retail establishments in the Lone Star state will be clear to go back to business — with the important provision that they limit customer occupancy to no more than 25% of maximum. This is an occupancy rate that many essential businesses have already been holding to. 

Phase 1 of his reopening plan will last for two weeks, during which time the state will increase testing, contact tracing and isolation to “box in expansion of COVID-19.” Only if no outbreaks are detected during that time will the state move to Phase 2 — allowing 50% of capacity. Hopefully by May 18, “if no flareup.” 

“There are some businesses I want to open, but [which] are not safe to open at this time,” like hair salons, bars and gyms. Abbott said he hopes to see those reopen in Phase 2. Further off comes Phase 3.  

“Safely Opening Texas for Business Requires 4 Things: 

  1. Commitment to continue safe distancing practices that reduce the spread of COVID-19; 
  2. Reliance on doctors, and data to provide the safest strategies;
  3. Focus on protecting the most vulnerable from exposure of COVID-19; 
  4. A reminder that it is entrepreneurs that drive the Texas Economy. 

WE ARE TEXANS, WE GOT THIS!” 

For more information about the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, visit the strike force webpage. 

View the The Governor’s Report To OPEN TEXAS  

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FROM THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER 

There is much we know about COVID-19.  

We know it has had a devastating impact across our nation.  

We know there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID‑19.  

And we know the best way to prevent infection is to take steps to avoid exposure. We have seen this work in Texas, where Texans are taking actions to stop infections.  

But there is much more to know. 

Based on our current understanding, the virus that causes COVID‑19 is thought to spread:

  • Mainly from person to person; 
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and 
  • Via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes; these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled.  

People are thought to be most contagious early in their illness, but COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons even before they show any symptoms. 

That is why we must remain cautious—to avoid further spread or a new outbreak. As we begin to open  

Texas, we must continue to follow these critical health guidelines: 

  • Stay home if you can. 
  • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, doorknobs, and other places touched often. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

Continue to practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and limit physical contact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)also recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.  

Special guidance for Texans over 65 is outlined on page 6, and for all Texans on page 8. Opening businesses have added responsibilities outlined beginning on page 19.  

Every Texan is part of the solution. You can protect yourself, your family, and your community.  

John William Hellerstedt, M.D., Chief Medical Officer  

Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services 

 

 

ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17 GOVERNOR ABBOTT DECLARED 3 EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED BY THE STATE PERTAINING TO REOPENING TEXASIt is important that social distancing and precautionary measures are continuing to be taken by all to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time, the City of Caldwell urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy and safe by following the State of Texas Executive Orders, the CDC, and Texas DSHS guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

STATE OF TEXAS EXECUTIVE ORDERS  

THESE ORDERS ARE FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS 

Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.

For more information about the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, visit the strike force webpage.

The Governor’s second Executive Order (GA-16) relates to the safe, strategic reopening of select services and activities in Texas. This order establishes a temporary “Retail-To-Go” model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact.

Under this Executive Order, schools — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.

The Governor’s third Executive Order (GA-15) relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response. The order loosens restrictions on surgeries put in place by Governor Abbott in March. Beginning at 11:59pm on April 21 through 11:59pm on May 8, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death as determined by a patient’s physician. Exceptions now include:

  • Any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE needed to cope with COVID-19, or
  • Any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to Texas HHSC both (1) that it will reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients, and (2) that it will not request any PPE from any public source — whether federal, state, or local — for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster.

The Governor today also directed state parks to reopen on Monday, April 20 with strict guidelines to reduce transmission of COVID-19 – including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.

Executive Order “Strike Force to Open Texas”

Executive Order (GA-16) “Safe and Strategic Reopening”

Executive Order (GA-15) “Hospital Capacity and PPE”

Posted Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 

ON TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 GOVERNOR ABBOTT DECLAREAN EXECUTIVE ORDER (No. GA-14) ISSUED BY THE STATE IS EFFECTIVE 12:01 AM ON THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020 THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020. It is important that precautionary measures are being taken by all to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time, the City of Caldwell urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy and safe by following the State of Texas Executive Order, the CDC, and Texas DSHS guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

STATE OF TEXAS EXECUTIVE ORDER  

THIS ORDER IS FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS 

This executive order is in accordance with guidance from DSHS Commissioner and to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-19, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

“Essential services” shall consist of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). TDEM shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this executive order and in any approved additions. Requests for additions should be directed to TDEM at EssentialServices@tdem.texas.gov or by visiting www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices.

In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at:

  • bars,
  • restaurants, and
  • food courts, or
  • visiting gyms,
  • massage establishments,
  • tattoo studios,
  • piercing studios, or
  • cosmetology salons;
  • provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

EFFECTIVE 12:01 AM 04/02/2020 THROUGH 04/30/2020 COULD EXTEND BEYOND SAID DATE. 

TO READ THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE ORDER CLICK HERE.

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 3:00 PM 

ON THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 GOVERNOR ABBOTT DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS, AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ISSUED BY THE STATE IS EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 UNTIL MIDNIGHT FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020. It is important that precautionary measures are being taken by all to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time, the City of Caldwell urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy and safe by following the State of Texas Executive Order, the CDC, and Texas DSHS guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

STATE OF TEXAS EXECUTIVE ORDER  

THIS ORDER IS FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS 

This public health disaster declaration gives state and local officials important tools to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott: 

Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. 

Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order. 

Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. 

Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close. 

This executive order is NOT a shelter in place order. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other stores will remain open. Critical infrastructure will still be operational, and domestic travel will be unrestricted, government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. 

EFFECTIVE MIDNIGHT 03/20/2020 UNTIL MIDNIGHT 04/03/2020 COULD EXTEND BEYOND SAID DATE. 

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:00 PM 

AS OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020 at 10 AM, CITY OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS , UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS The City of Caldwell is closely monitoring information provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas DSHS), and decisions made by our partners at Burleson County, Caldwell ISD, and other agencies. As more information becomes available and the local impact changes, the City of Caldwell along with community leaders remain vigilant to make the appropriate decisions to safeguard the public in an abundance of caution. 

Currently, there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community or the county, and we encourage members of the public not to panic. Essential city services will continue to be provided. It is important that precautionary measures are being taken to prepare and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this unprecedented time, the City of Caldwell urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy by following the CDC and Texas DSHS guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

City Facilities: 

In alignment with the postponements and cancellations announced by other agencies and organizations, the City of Caldwell will close all public access to facilities until further notice effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 10:00 amCity Facilities includes:  

  • City Hall Lobby – Contact @ 979-567-3901 
  • Civic/Visitor Center – Contact @ 979-567-6854 
  • Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library – Contact @ 979-567-4111 
  • Municipal Court Lobby – Contact @ 979-567-7197 

Paying Utility and Municipal Court Bills: 

While in-person assistance will be at a minimum, services such as public safety and utility services will remain unaltered. Citizens are highly encouraged to access and pay their bills through the following payment options 

*NOTE: All associated processing fees related to bill payment types will be waived for the next 8 weeks. 

The City of Caldwell has implemented these temporary changes and other precautionary measures because keeping our residents and City Staff safe is the highest priority. 

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 10:00 AM 

RESOURCES: 

Assistance:

Health & Response Resources:

This situation is quickly changing, and information regarding the city’s response to the coronavirus will be posted on the city’s website https://www.caldwelltx.gov/. For questions regarding city services visit the website or call 979567-3901. 

Prevention Tips – English

Symptoms – English

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Symptoms – Spanish

The City of Caldwell wants our resident’s and our staff to be safe. Every day new and updated information is released. Residents should stay calm and focused on the facts by staying informed from credible agencies, like the CDC and Texas DSHS.