These weekly updates will provide the latest news and information on what our community, the state, and the federal government are doing as we face an unprecedented pandemic.
On May 21, 2020, Governor Abbott suspended all COVID-19 travel restrictions put in place by Executive Order GA-20. All travel restrictions and mandatory post-travel quarantines are no longer in place. The full order can be read here.
Conversely, the Governor Abbott has prohibited all in-person visitations to county and municipal jails. People are also advised to avoid in-person visitations at closed jails. Restrictions do not include attorneys meeting with a client or religious leaders or members of the clergy. The full order can be read here.
The City of Carrollton will reopen limited public access to additional facilities on Monday, June 1, 2020. The City is putting safety measures in place such as restricting access to certain pieces of equipment from the Recreation Centers for social distancing, performing enhanced cleanings of high-touch areas at indoor facilities, deeply sanitizing specialized fitness equipment daily, installing sneeze guards on countertops to protect employees and the public, making hand sanitizer stations available, and applying floor decals to assist employees and patrons with proper social distancing. Additionally, staff attendants at each reopened facility will monitor the occupancy and regularly wipe down and disinfect frequently used surfaces. The City asks all employees and guests to stay home if symptomatic and encourages all high-risk citizens to utilize virtual services when possible.
The City of Coppell will begin to once again open its doors to the public on Monday, May 11. Although most City of Coppell facilities will remain closed for the time being, a limited number of facilities will be accessible to the public on May 11. While the following City of Coppell facilities will be open to the public, the City continues to encourage residents to visit the website or call 972-462-0022 to conduct City business remotely. Additionally, please be aware that special hours or temporary processes and requirements may be in place to protect customers and employees. Hours of operation and other impacts are subject to change as circumstances warrant. The list of openings can be found here.
Irving Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site
DCHHS is partnering with the City of Irving and the State to have a mobile COVID-19 testing unit in Irving from 6/1 – 6/2 from 10am to 4pm. Tests are free and are provided on an appointment-based system. People may begin making appointments on Saturday (5/30). People must have one symptom of COVID-19 to get tested, such as a fever or a cough. The site will be located at the Lively Pointe Recreation Center (909 N O Connor Rd Irving, TX 75061). To register for testing, visit txcovidtest.org or call (512) 833-2400.
Time to Count: 2020 Census Information
The 2020 Census counts the population of the United States and five U.S. territories to provide critical data needed to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The results of the census determine where billions of dollars in federal funding go, the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and how congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn. Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your answers; your responses are used only to produce statistics.
Each home has received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Texas in the week of May 25. The census may also be completed online at: https://my2020census.gov. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.
Coppell Animal Services Pet Food Delivery
Coppell Animal Services is one of several agencies in the metro partnering with Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Texas Meals on Wheels/Hospice to make sure seniors and homebound residents get the food they need for their pets. Deliveries are being made on the third Saturday of the month. Visit vnatexas.org to learn more about how to get or give assistance. Coppell Animals Services gladly accepts donations of food, blankets, and other pet-related items along with monetary donations. Please call 972-304-3515 for more information.
Atmos Energy Financial Assistance
Atmos Energy has temporarily suspended natural gas disconnections for non-payment and offers payment installment plans to assist those struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, financial help is available through their energy assistance programs.