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.
Water disconnections resume
The City of Mesquite has resumed water disconnections for delinquent accounts. Longer term payment plans are available to help residents who are struggling to pay their City water bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City can offer a payment plan that fits their unique situation. Call the Utility Billing Office at 972-216-6208 (press 0) to discuss your options.
Sharing Life Community Outreach offers financial assistance with rent, mortgage or utility bills. Please email Beth Byrum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-445-7403 for details.
CBDG COVID-19 Funded Activites
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress passed HR 78, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus Act, (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020. Following the CARES Act, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified the City of Mesquite that it would receive $1,583,307 in Community Development Block Grant – COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) funds for emergency assistance to individuals, families, public service agencies and small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19.
In addition to the valuable programs featured, CDBG-CV is also a proud funder of the City of Mesquite’s Housing Rehabilitation Program to assist qualified homeowners with emergency home repairs that threaten health and safety.
Feb 17, 2021: Status Update on Fair Park Vaccine Operations
DALLAS – According to the National Weather Service, we will continue to experience below freezing temperatures through the remainder of the week. As a result, Fair Park vaccine operations will remained closed through Saturday, February 20. We are continuing to monitor the weather and are balancing the need to keep everyone safe against the urgency of timely administering the second doses of the vaccine. As soon as we can safely open again, we will.
We will have sufficient supply of the vaccine to ensure all those who received their first dose of the vaccine at Fair Park can receive their second dose. When we reopen, only those needing second doses will be seen until we catch up, and we will start with those who are most delayed in their second dose. Please be patient as there are many who need their second dose and we must space out individuals to ensure timely and safe delivery.
The CDC guidance is that second doses of the vaccine may be administered up to 6 weeks after the first dose. While we plan to accommodate those needing a second dose much sooner than that, please know that the CDC does allow for a 42-day timeframe.
For more information and to check for any weather related updates on Fair Park vaccine operations, please visit www.DallasCountyCovid.org
Feb 9, 2021: Governor Abbott, TDHCA Announce Statewide COVID-19 Rental Relief Program
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has launched the Texas Rent Relief Program — the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout Texas. This program has been created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill. TDHCA will begin accepting applications for the program on Monday, February 15th, but Texans can visit TexasRentRelief.com starting today to learn more about qualifications, required documents, and the application process.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant financial strain on many Texans, and the Texas Rent Relief Program will provide an incredible lifeline to households in need of assistance on their rent and utility payments," said Governor Abbott. "I urge qualifying households to apply for this program once applications open on February 15th. The State of Texas will continue to provide the resources and support for those in need throughout the pandemic."
“The pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to many Texas families. The Texas Rent Relief program is for those Texans who need help to pay rent and utility bills and I encourage those who need it to apply. These resources will provide support for Texas families who need it while our economy continues to recover," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
"Texans have been resilient in responding to COVID-19, and this program can provide short-term assistance to families in need as they emerge from the financial aftershocks of the pandemic," said Speaker Dade Phelan. "This program is a key component of our state’s pandemic recovery effort and will be essential to the rebound of our economy, workforce, and education system. I am thrilled that qualifying Texas families have an avenue for temporary relief on essential items like rent and utility payments when it truly counts the most."
To qualify, households must be at or below 80% of the area median income as well as meet other criteria. Per federal guidelines, TDHCA will prioritize applications for households at or below 50% of the area median income level and households where one or more members are currently unemployed and have been for at least 90 days. Landlords are encouraged to apply on behalf of tenants, who must co-sign the application.
Beginning February 15th, applicants can submit their application by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368) or submitting it online at TexasRentRelief.com. The call center will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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: www.mesquiteisd.org/school-basics/return-to-school-2020-21