2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID19-graphic“Protecting the health and safety of our citizens is our highest priority. We are vigilantly monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and will continue to participate in state, regional and local response measures.”
Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian

***FCC Trash Service - beginning March 26, 2020, all items in the garbage poly carts must be in closed bags or FCC will NOT service the cart (please do not bag items in the recycling poly cart). This keeps items from escaping the carts and helps FCC staff (and the neighborhood!) practice safe COVID-19 hygiene protocols. If your items regularly do not all fit in one cart, please request a second cart calling the Utility Billing department (972-412-6105). The monthly fee for each additional cart is $11.74  

City of Rowlett Shelter in Place Order in effect through April 3 

City of Rowlett Amended Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency (pdf)
Dallas County Amended Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency (pdf)
Condado de DallasDeclaración de Desastre Local por Emergencia de Salud Pública (pdf)
Rockwall County Amended Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency (pdf)
FAQ (pdf)   Preguntas Frequentes (pdf)

Summary Chart of Shelter in Place Order  

Great resource for providing clarity on allowable activities and businesses.
Please call 972-412-6100 or send us an email with any questions.

Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian has amended the City’s Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency and has issued a Shelter in Place order. This order mirrors the order put in place by Dallas County and affects everyone in the City of Rowlett, whether in Dallas or Rockwall County.  The order is effective 11:59pm Tuesday, March 24 through April 3. 

In addition to the provisions spelled out in previous orders (which remain in effect through April 30), the Shelter in Place order (in effect thru April 3) includes:
 --All individuals currently living within the City of Rowlett are ordered to shelter at their place of residence.

--All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses (please see Section 3, entitled “Definitions”, of the order for a definition of these terms - the listing is quite extensive).

 --All businesses operating within the City of Rowlett, except Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the city. For clarity, businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e. working from home).
City of Rowlett Listing of Essential and Non-essential Businesses (pdf)
Dallas County FAQ (pdf) [provides clarification on Essential Businesses and Services]
Essential business questions? Email Businesscovid19@dallascounty.org.

 --All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as otherwise provided in the order. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.

We know these new, more stringent measures may be unpleasant for some, but the need to protect the most vulnerable members of our community outweighs any possible individual discomfort.The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety.
FAQ (pdf) [provides clarification on Essential Businesses and Services]

Current COVID-19 Case Count

As of 6PM Saturday, March 28:
National – 121,117 cases, 2,010 deaths
Texas – 2,128 cases, 30 deaths
North Texas - 877 cases, 14 deaths
Dallas County – 439 cases, 9 deaths
City of Garland - 24 cases, 1 death
City of Sachse - 2 cases, 0 deaths
Rockwall County – 3 cases, 0 deaths
City of Rowlett – 8 cases, 0 deaths

1. Female - early 30’s
2. Female - late teens
3. Female - early 20’s
4. Female - mid 70’s
5. Male - mid 40’s
6. Male - mid 60’s
7. Female - early 60’s
8. Male - mid 40’s 

The City of Rowlett joins with other governmental entities in protecting the privacy and safety of households with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. With federal guidance, the City’s health authority provides direction to those individuals to self-quarantine. When necessary, the City’s health authority can legally enforce directives for isolation, quarantine or conditional release, including movement restrictions, for the purpose of protecting the public’s health. Rowlett will continue to alert the public about any new cases but will restrict information to age range and gender as it is available to us.

Questions about Testing? Here is the Texas Health and Human Services Testing Capacity Overview (pdf)
Questions about Isolation and Quarantine? Here is the Texas Health and Human Services strategy (pdf)
Questions about your pet and their health? Here is the Texas Animal Health Commission’s FAQ (pdf)

Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency closures and restrictions:

  • Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services. The use of restaurant drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
  • Bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, food courts, bowling alleys, gymnastics studios, martial arts studios,theaters and gyms are closed.
  • Massage parlors, nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, beauty salons, hair removal services, spas, tattoo and piercing parlors, and all other non-medical, personal care services that cannot be provided while maintaining six feet of distance are closed.
  • All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited. Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental offices, and other medical facilities are directed to identify procedures that are deemed "elective" by assessing which procedures can be postponed or cancelled based on patient risk considering the emergency need for redirection of resources to COVID-19 response.
  • Individuals using shared outdoor spaces must maintain at least six feet of space from any other person at all times.
  • 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.
  • In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.
  • Tax offices, DPS offices and passport offices shall close for in-person services.
  • All sales of bath or toilet tissue are limited to the greater of: (a) twelve (12) rolls per purchase or (b) one (1) package per purchase. Additionally, the City of Rowlett order encourages businesses to limit the sale of other high demand items on a per purchase basis.
  • If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function.

This executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order  mandating statewide COVID-19 control measures. The governor’s executive order is in effect 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020, subject to extension. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted (other than those spelled out in the travel order linked below), and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVD- 19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-l9 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire.
Executive Order (pdf)
Governor Greg Abbott Airport Travel Order (pdf)

Watch the City’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting, held on Monday, March 16.

Public Health Directives

C. Tim Lambert, M.D. serves as Health Authority for Garland, as well as Rowlett and Sachse. The Garland Health Authority has issued a series of health directives intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.These directives give direction to the general public, to those populations at high risk, to long-term care facilities, and those operating publicly occupied buildings in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse.
Long-Term Care Facilities (pdf)
Citizens of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse age 65 and older (pdf) 
All Citizens of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse (pdf)
All Publicly Occupied Buildings in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse (pdf)

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