The numbers posted on the Parker County website are accurate with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) report that is provided to the County on a daily basis. The county is completely transparent with this report and can be found on this website page titled, “COVID-19 Individual Tracking Report”.
There have always been inconsistencies between the reports we get and the DSHS dashboard. We cannot comment on the DSHS dashboard and what their processes are on reporting; however, their site has several disclaimers that state “there is a lag in data”. This disclaimer can be found on the active and recovered case tabs on the DSHS dashboard.
The reports that DSHS sends to us is reviewed by the County Judge’s Office, the office of emergency management as well as the Parker County health authority, Dr. Welch.
Update 7/13/2020: Parker County received word that DSHS reporting most likely will be delayed due to issues found within their data collection. DSHS is working on correcting the issue. At this time, DSHS has not given Parker County a date/time for when the next report will be provided.
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
- Parker County Drive-Through Testing:
- Drive through testing for July 7 & 8 is full
- The next drive through testing will be July 14th & 15th.
** DUE TO A HIGH DEMAND FOR TESTING, DSHS TESTING APPOINTMENTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY (250/DAY). IF YOU FIND THE TESTING FOR THE 14TH IS FULL, REGISTRATION FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH WILL BEGIN AT 9AM ON THE 14TH. **
LATEST COVID-19 NEWS:
County judge issues proclamation on GATHERINGS UP TO 100 PEOPLE
July 7, 2020 - County Judge Pat Deen signed a Proclamation that allows the citizens of Parker County to have outdoor gatherings up to 100 people. Gatherings over 100 people in the unincorporated areas of the County will require approval from the County Judge. To read proclamation: https://www.parkercountytx.com/DocumentCenter/View/6763/Proclamation-July-7-2020
GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT ISSUES MANDATORY MASK ORDER
July 2, 2020 - 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 order states, "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." To read executive order: https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/EO-GA-29-use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf
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.
- Read Executive Order GA-23
- To view list of openings, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
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.
- Read Governor Abbott’s Press Release: https://www.parkercountytx.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=422
- Guidance for Graduations: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/graduation_ceremonies_5.5.pdf
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.
- To read the Open Texas Plan, visit: Governor’s Report to Open Texas
- To read the Executive Order GA-18: visit GA-18
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.
- Press Release: Governor Abbott’s Executive Order
- Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, visit: Strike Force
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.
- Amended order: https://www.parkercountytx.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=417.
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.
- To read the declaration, visit: https://www.parkercountytx.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=416
- To view signed declaration: https://www.parkercountytx.com/DocumentCenter/View/6541/Declaration-Signed
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES:
- COVID-19 Crisis and Support: Flyer
- Pecan Valley Centers 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-772-5987
- Dial 2-1-1 for local information, referrals and community resources
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: 833-986-1919
- Texas Neighborhood Services: Emergency Funding for Parker County - The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs approved contracts for Texas Neighborhood Services to provide additional assistance to individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. These additional contracts came in the form of additional utility assistance and emergency funding for helping Texans make it through the Crisis. To read the full press release, visit: Press Release
- Parker County Food Pantry and Meal Distribution sources - updated 4/19/2020
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Texas Health and Human Services)
- COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919 for free, 24/7 hour support
- Recommended health protocols to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 18
- COVID-19: Guidance for Employers, Employees, and Customers of Reopened Retail Services
- Weatherford Chamber of Commerce - offers many links to help businesses
- East Parker County Chamber of Commerce - offers many links to help businesses
- Small Guidance and Loan Resources
State and Federal Resources:
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19 Website
- Texas Department of State Health Services - COVID-19 Website
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.