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 email@example.com 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.
Jan 14, 2021: Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas hosts MLK Celebration Virtual Job Fair
Mesquite, TX – January 13, 2021 – Looking for a job? Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and the City of Dallas are holding a MLK Celebration Virtual Job Fair on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Multiple employers will take part in the event and there will be over 4,600 jobs available. Register and upload your resume at dallas2021mlkjobfair.easyvirtualfair.com.
Jan 12, 2021: COVID-19 vaccine information for Mesquite residents
Mesquite residents in Dallas and Kaufman counties can now begin registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. To register, visit the Dallas County COVID-19 vaccination webpage. Registrants will be notified of next steps as the vaccine become available. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/vaccine to learn more about the vaccine, distribution locations and what to expect after receiving the vaccine.
The vaccine is being prioritized for residents in tiers 1A, which is front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities or 1B, which includes, people 65 and older, people 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition and frontline essential workers such as police officers and firefighters. To see if you are eligible visit the Texas Department of State Health Services webpage.
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