Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This web page is dedicated to information and updates regarding the Mesquite, TX community.
July 9: Mesquite begins funding assistance for businesses and residents impacted by COVID-19
Mesquite, TX – July 9, 2020 – As part of the Recovery Mesquite campaign, the City of Mesquite announced they will start providing funding assistance to its businesses and residents, impacted by COVID-19, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act beginning on July 13. Local business owners and residents can visit www.cityofmesquite.com/CARES for more information on how to apply for funding assistance.
Mayor Bruce Archer stated, “The City Council is eager to get these CARES funds into the hands of our residents and businesses as quickly as possible to help them recover. We are also excited to get additional funds into the hands of our local charities to aid them in their work within our community in regards to COVID-19 recovery for families.”
For residents, applications will be processed through Dallas County and the stipulations are:
- Funds are to be used for mortgage and rent assistance
- Applicant cannot currently be receiving assistance through another entity
- Applicant’s household income must fall within the Area Median Income (AMI)
For businesses, applications will be processed through Dallas County and the stipulations are:
- Each application is for a maximum of a $50,000 grant
- The business can’t have more than 50 full-time employees
- The business must be located in Mesquite city limits
July 2: Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings
AUSTIN - 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.
June 26: Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort 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 protect 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.”
Businesses and customers are required to wear face coverings
The City of Mesquite reminds its community of the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court Order that requires all business employees and customers to wear a face covering while inside a business. The new Order, which is designed to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease, goes into effect Wednesday, June 24. Businesses that don’t comply can face a fine of up to $500 per violation. The City is asking its community to call its COVID-19 Hotline at 972-329-8373 to report any violations of the order they witness at businesses located in Mesquite.
City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “The health and safety of the public continues to be our top priority. We will use our code enforcement teams to continue the education of our businesses on the proper signage and practices they must implement to support this new Order. Our goal is to maintain an economic environment that fosters safe shopping and dining for both the business operators and their customers.”
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Below are three different types of cloth face coverings you can make at home.
- Sewn cloth face covering
- Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (no sew method)
- Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)
Dallas County Information
All Dallas County COVID-19 updates and information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/
State of Texas Information
All State of Texas COVID-19 updates and information can be found here: https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus
Kaufman County Information
All Kaufman County COVID-19 updates and information can be found here: https://www.kaufmancounty.net/county-government/covid-19-information/
Mesquite Independent School District
All Mesquite ISD COVID-19 updates and information can be found here: mesquiteisd.org/community/coronavirus-information-and-updates