For the most updated information visit: The CDC Coronavirus Page.
May 21, 2020
May 19, 2020
May 12, 2020
The Town of Pantego and the Pantego Economic Development Corporation are excited to announce the PEDC Small Business Recovery Program. Applications are being accepted now. Details can be found here.
May 12, 2020
As businesses open up and we continue to do all we can in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Town of Pantego has acquired surgical masks for distribution to residents and businesses. While these masks aren't the N95 masks, they still do offer a layer of protection. We will distribute these as quickly as possible to residents and businesses who need them. While we may not be able to fully meet every need, masks will be distributed as equally and as fairly as possible until supply is depleted.
Procedure for Public Mask Distribution
Masks can be picked up at Town Hall or received as a scheduled delivery by employees or the CRB
May 8, 2020
Beginning on Monday, May 11, Pantego Town Hall will reopen to the public. We will have a limit of one customer in the lobby area at a time. If there is already someone in the lobby area, we request that you wait patiently outside and provide at least six-feet of distance between yourself and any others who may be waiting.
We respectfully request that you wear a mask for the protection of yourselves and Town staff.
Lastly, we still encourage you to do as much business as possible by phone or email. Town staff remains prepared to assist you promptly in all ways.
May 6, 2020
Please find attached Executive Order GA-21 which was filed by Governor Abbott this afternoon. Executive Order GA-21 is effective immediately and will continue through May 19, 2020.
Some highlights to note about GA-21:
• Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain an essential service or a reopened service, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in person contact with those who are not in the same household.
• People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older.
• Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene
• Essential Services include those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations, and places of worship
• Reopened Services consist of the following:
o In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
o Dine-in at restaurants at 25% occupancy (no occupancy limit on outside seating; 25% does not include employees)
o Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
o Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) (25% does not include employees)
o Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
o Golf course operations
o Local government operations
o Services provided by one individual in an office setting (note this will be expanded on Monday, May 18th)
o Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside
o Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.
Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020 the following will be opened:
• Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, and nail salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
• Tanning Salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
• Swimming pools may operate if outdoor or indoor but must follow occupancy levels set forth
Starting on Monday, May 18, 2020 the following will be opened:
• Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of five individuals or 25% of the total office workforce
• Non-essential manufacturing [services] at 25% occupancy
• Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, whether indoor, outdoor, individual, or group, at a 25% occupancy
April 30, 2020
Business Hotline: 817-891-9624
April 28, 2020
FROM THE DESK OF THE CITY MANAGER
On April 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to move into a phased approach of reopening Texas. Beginning at 12:01 am on May 1, all businesses except hairdressers/barber shops/salons, gyms, and bars are allowed to reopen under a reduced capacity system. These reopened businesses can only utilize up to 25% of their maximum capacity and must continue to practice and encourage social distancing in their businesses. Museums, libraries, and church services are also allowed to resume, but with social distancing guidance and restrictions in place that they must follow. Individuals who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 are still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Governor Abbott has released guidance on how this first phase of reopening should be handled and we strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with that guidance. You can find it at:
In addition to this Open Texas plan, Governor Abbott issued three new Executive Orders today. These address the Open Texas plans, hospital’s keeping at least 15% capacity open for COVID-19 cases, and travel restrictions. You can find Executive Order GA-18 at:
Executive Order GA-19 can be found at:
Executive Order GA-20 can be found at:
In addition to the above actions, Governor Abbott announced today that he will not be extending his stay at home Executive Order, allowing it to expire and go out of effect on May 1. These actions are a big step toward reopening our economy but it remains extremely important that we continue to practice social distancing. Experts will be looking at COVID-19 numbers closely over the next two weeks to determine if further easing of restrictions is possible at this time. Let’s all be responsible and careful in the days ahead so we can continue to see good results in the fight against COVID-19.
Please remember that much of this information is changing rapidly. As we have done since this crisis began, the Town will continue to provide updates as they are issued.
Below is a list of official resources that you can utilize to stay up to date on the latest official news and information.
Tarrant County Public Health
Texas Department of Health Services
Arlington Independent School District
Thank you, and God bless,
April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020
As we find ourselves continuing with our shelter in place orders, we find ourselves weathering the same storm. Although this storm may be the same, our conditions may be different. The Pantego Community Relations board is partnering closely with the Town of Pantego, our local businesses, family and friends to be here for our most precious resource – you, our residents. We recognize as a smaller community we have the unique opportunity to help each other stay healthy by staying home as much as possible, especially those at highest risk. Anything we can do to reduce their risk gives everyone a better chance. The CRB Task Force is organized to help connect needs of our community to those that can help. Several examples of needs that we can help with include: shopping assistance, meal delivery, prescription pickup. How can we help you? Your local Community Relations Board is here to help you during this time of need.
Please let us know how we can help you by completing the Pantego Citizen's COVID19 Assistance Request Form: https://forms.gle/1GDq8doJPjRkmBhm7
*Please note, the task force is meeting twice weekly to review and coordinate needs requests according to the Life Essential Guidelines as provided through the CDC.
April 3, 2020
We know that while we are doing a lot, there are still more and more cases of COVID-19 testing positive in Tarrant County and the DFW Metroplex. For the most current case counts you can access Tarrant County Health and Texas Department of State Health Services. Please remember, however, the U.S. is prolific in our ability to test so that a main driver that our positive tests are so high is because our ability to test potential patients is so strong. The good news is that only 10% of people being tested are testing positive.
A new executive order from Tarrant County Judge Whitley was issued today. Link to April 3 Order
Please continue to maintain the best practices of staying home and working safe. Be mindful of protecting yourself from others and protecting others from yourself in the best ways possible. One thing that is being discussed is wearing masks in public. We are recommending that anything we can do to add layers of safety is a good thing. Medical grade masks are in very short availability but there are some alternatives, even using a bandana to reduce droplet exposure gives some benefit.
For those that can sew or know someone who can, here are some instructions for a basic, non-medical grade mask. This is one idea of what can be used if we have to get out of our homes. There are many others options and some include the use of HEPA air filters and Surgical cloth as fabrics for homemade masks.
Town Staff is here to serve you. While access to the building is limited, we are still here. If you have anything we can assist you with let us know. 817-617-3700. Please continue to stay safe during this time.
April 3, 2020
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has issued a new order on Friday, April 3 extending the current state of emergency until at least April 30. (View the Executive Order Here).
April 1, 2020
Join Shop Pantego Live tomorrow for a discussion about resources and programs to assist your business during COVID-19. This detailed discussion will be given by Beth Owens, an Executive Board Member with the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Co-founder and Brand Strategist at BrandEra, an award-winning marketing agency.
Click now if you're going or interested below to stay in touch with the event and then join us!
Remember, Facebook will notify you when we go Live!
If you miss this informational Live, you will still be able to watch the discussion as a normal video on Facebook.
March 31, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott issues new Executive Order GA-14 on March 31, 2020. This order will be effective through at least April 30, 2020.
March 31, 2020
March 30, 2020
March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release
Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference at the State Capitol where he provided new information on the state’s health care capacity and issued additional Executive Orders. The Governor announced that hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients have doubled over the past week. He also detailed the joint effort between the state, the Texas Military Department (TMD), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to identify and equip additional locations to serve as health care facilities in the event that hospital capacity is exhausted. The first of these sites will be the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
The Governor was joined for the press conference by Major General Tracy Norris of the Texas Army National Guard, USACE Southwest Division Commander and Chief Engineer Brigadier General Paul Owen, Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, and Supply Chain Strike Force member and former State Representative John Zerwas, MD.
"While hospitals will remain the primary location to treat and care for those in need, we are ensuring that Texas is prepared for any possible scenario in which current hospital capacity is exhausted," said Governor Abbott. "This joint initiative with the Texas Military Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will expand the care capacity in communities across Texas."
During the press conference, the Governor issued two new Executive Orders to protect public safety and further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. In the first Executive Order (GA-12) announced today, the Governor mandated a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana. The self-quarantine procedure will mirror the process outlined in the Governor's previous Executive Order requiring mandatory self-quarantine for air travelers from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans, Louisiana. This mandated quarantine will not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
In the second Executive Order (GA-13) announced today, the Governor prohibited the release of individuals in custody for or with a history of offenses involving physical violence or the threat of physical violence. This Executive Order comes in response to concerns of the release or anticipated release of individuals because of COVID-19 who are deemed a danger to society.
The Governor also issued a proclamation regarding his prior Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine for individuals arriving from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Executive Order now includes air travelers arriving from the following states and cities:
View the Governor's proclamation.
March 25, 2020
Message from the Texas Comptroller's Office
These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.
We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.
For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.
We ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.
In addition, we have a variety of online tools for businesses seeking assistance. See our COVID-19 emergency response webpage for access to online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services, and to establish 24/7 online account access with Webfile.
We’re standing by to help Texas businesses during these difficult times.
March 25, 2020
March 24, 2020
EXECUTIVE ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE 8. GLEN WHITLEY (Amended by Commissioners Court action on March 24, 2020)
If you have questions regarding how the Executive Order (PDF) issued Tuesday, March 24, by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley affects your business or personal activities, please call the Tarrant County Coronavirus Information Hotline: 817-248-6299 (answered 24/7).
March 23, 2020
In efforts to maintain a healthy and safe environment, the Town has closed the Park Playground and facilities due to the Covid-19 outbreak. When using walking trails, please respect Tarrant County and CDC guidelines for keeping a safe distance.
March 23, 2020
Update from Republic Services Regarding Trash Operations:
Republic Trash Services will no longer be accepting any brush due to an overload from people being home. Please contact Republic Services at (817) 317-2000 with any questions.
March 22, 2020
The Town of Pantego’s stance regarding Tarrant County's Amended Requirements of March 21: Retail providing essential goods can be fully open and operational provided that the modified occupancy loads are followed and that social distancing guidelines are maintained. The Town strongly encourages that even in the case of essential retail, customers avoid going inside the establishment when at all possible, utilizing delivery, curbside, or at-the-door service that involves no customers being physically present within the establishment itself.
March 21, 2020
All gatherings without regard to purpose.
No distinction between types of gatherings i.e. social, community, recreational.
No more than 10 people.
Practice social separation - sufficient space for all people to be 6 feet apart.
Keep a tracking list of individuals and their contact information.
Bars, lounges, taverns
Commercial amusement establishments
Hair and nail salons and barber shops
Estheticians and related personal care businesses
Spas and massage parlors
Tattoo and piercing parlors and tanning salons
Residential meeting spaces
Hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms
Retail stores that do not sell essential household goods
No occupancy permitted.
In-house dining – closed.
Drive-in, drive-through, take out, and delivery is permitted.
Practice social separation - sufficient space for all people to be 6 feet apart.
Closed for in-person services, provided that employees can attend to produce audio/video services
Stores selling essential household goods
Convenience and package stores
Pharmacies and drug stores
Day care facilities
Non-profit service providers
Homeless and emergency shelters
Essential government buildings
Airports and transit facilities
Residential buildings and hotels
Manufacturing and distribution facilities
Practice social separation - sufficient space for all people to be 6 feet apart.
Keep a tracking list of individuals and their contact information, wherever possible.
March 20, 2020
On March 19, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-08, which is effective at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and required throughout the State of Texas including within in the Town of Pantego. Executive Order GA-08 is attached here.
March 19, 2020
Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and in the interest of everyone’s health and well-being, the Town of Pantego has decided to close Municipal Offices at Town Hall and Municipal Court to the public. Our hope is that we will be able to reopen soon.
Utility (Water) Bills Payments: Drop box available 24 hours, on-line payments can be made through nCourt 682-812-6643, or see Town’s website.
Municipal Court Payments: The Courts 24 hour drop box is located at 1614 S Bowen Road, on-line payments can be made through nCourt 817-302-5292, or see Town’s website.
We will provide more information as decisions are made regarding the closing of Town Hall and Municipal Court. Please check the Town’s website regularly for updates. www.townofpantego.com
The Town will continue to provide service to our residents and business despite the challenges.
Town of Pantego 817-617-3700
Municipal Court 817-617-3733
We appreciate your understanding.
March 18, 2020
On March 18, 2020, at 5:31 p.m. Mayor Davis signed a Declaration of Public Health Emergency in the Town of Pantego, Texas. To view the signed document, click here.
March 18, 2020
A Message from Republic Services Regarding Trash Service:
Due to the potential risk to waste collection crews, please place all materials in plastic bags (not in boxes or other unsecured receptacles), making sure the bags are secured tightly to prevent the scattering of waste materials. This also applies to materials placed in your trash cans or carts. (Materials should not be placed loosely into cans or carts).
Please do not bag your recycle materials, continue to place your recycle materials loosely into your recycle bins.
Additionally, with the expected increase in residential trash volumes, we respectfully ask that residents refrain from placing large amounts of bulk and yard waste materials out for collection at this time. Our focus is to maintain the collection of normal household materials that pose a health risk to our workers and the community at large.
Republic knows this places an imposition on our customers, but we believe these changes are necessary given the current situation.
Please contact Republic Services at 817-317-2000 with any questions.
March 13, 2020
Citizens of Pantego,
Many of us may be concerned about all the activity related to the COVID-19. We wanted to provide you an update of what’s taken place in the last 24 hours.
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has declared a local disaster for Tarrant County due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The state of disaster will last seven days unless the Tarrant County Commissioners Court votes to extend the period of high alert.
Additionally, Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a State of Disaster and President Donald Trump has issued a National State of Emergency regarding COVID-19. The main reason for these declarations is that they make possible more options for future assistance related to this situation.
I would like to assure the citizens of Pantego that Town officials have been monitoring and staying in close contact with the Tarrant County Health Department since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported within the DFW metroplex.
Our fire department and EMS personnel have initiated protocols and procedures to follow when coming into contact with persons who exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu and include runny nose, cough and fever. Tarrant County Health Department officials are advising persons that develop these types of symptoms to contact their family physician first before going to a health facility in order to not to overload the hospital system. It is important for everyone to know that it takes 2-14 days for symptoms to appear after coming in contact with the virus.
We will be posting additional information on the Town’s website as it becomes available. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Town Hall.
Town of Pantego
March 19, 2020
For Immediate Release
Surepoint Emergency Centers Are Prepared for Coronavirus
Texas - Surepoint Emergency Centers, located in Azle, Denton, Corpus Christi/Padre, Fort Worth, Pantego, Stephenville and Weatherford, are 24/7, fully operational emergency rooms, equipped with inhouse X-ray and CT scanning equipment and labs, as well as emergency trained doctors and nurses.
We have always been committed to providing a safe, clean environment in which our patients can receive care while feeling comfortable and secure. Our facilities operate, using industry standard cleaning and sanitizing methods, and we will continue to ensure that we take proper measures to minimize any potential risk. Our patient’s safety and well-being remain our number one priority as we deal with the Coronavirus.
We have set up the following special provisions to better serve patients during this outbreak:
• Curbside triage tents, in the front or back of each ER, as an extra precaution, so that patients with Coronavirus symptoms can remain in their cars and be evaluated by the doctor and/or nurse.
• Coronavirus swab tests that will be sent out for results. Patients will need to meet the CDC criteria first in order to receive the testing.
• Surge rooms, extra equipment and supplies to accommodate all patients.
• Staff available to answer questions via phone prior to the patient’s arrival.
If you DO NOT have symptoms related to the Coronavirus (shortness of breath/fever/cough), but rather have an injury or are in pain, you can call us before coming in and we will advise you on what to do.
We provide our patients the very best care, and we will continue to fulfill that promise regardless of external events. While we cannot be certain of how long this virus will cause disruption, we are certain that we will all get through this together as a community.
For the nearest Surepoint ER location and contact information, go to https://www.surepointer.com/locations/
For continuing resources or information, go to https://www.surepoint-er.com/about-us/resources/
For more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), go to https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
What You Should Know
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?
Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at CDC list of US Coronavirus Cases..
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at CDC information about Coronavirus Transmission.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
What are severe complications from this virus?
Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
Who is at higher risk?
Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
If you are at higher risk because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important to take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease. If you are at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19, you should:
Q: What is a novel coronavirus?
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not that same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Q: Why is the disease causing the outbreak now being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?
A: On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice external icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.
Q: What is the name of the virus causing the outbreak of coronavirus disease starting in 2019?
A: On February 11, 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, charged with naming new viruses, named the novel coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2.
As the name indicates, the virus is related to the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003, however it is not the same virus.
Q: What is the source of COVID-19?
A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.
Q: How does the virus causing Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19), spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. Currently, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
Q: Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
Q: Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
A: Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.
Q: Why might someone blame or avoid individuals and groups (create stigma) because of COVID-19?
A. People in the U.S. may be worried or anxious about friends and relatives who are living in or visiting areas where COVID-19 is spreading. Some people are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, towards Chinese or other Asian Americans or people who were in quarantine.
Stigma is discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths.
Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.
Q: How can people help stop stigma related to COVID-19?
A: People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma.
Q: Is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 the same as the MERS-CoV or the SARS-CoV virus?
A: No. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people. Others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can spread to people. This happened with SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. The virus that causes COVID-19 likely also originated in an animal and spread to humans. The coronavirus most similar to the virus causing COVID-19 is SARS-CoV. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. The situation is changing, and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Q: How can I help protect myself?
A: Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
Q: What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
A: There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online.
Q: Does CDC recommend the use of facemask in the community to prevent COVID-19?
A: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Q: What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
Q: Should I be tested for COVID-19?
A: If you develop a fever1 and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after international travel, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact. If you have had close contact2 with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from areas known to be affected by the virus, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Q: How do you test a person for COVID-19?
A: At this time, diagnostic testing for COVID-19 can be conducted only at CDC.
State and local health departments who have identified a person under investigation (PUI) should immediately notify CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to report the PUI and determine whether testing for COVID-19 at CDC is indicated. The EOC will assist local/state health departments to collect, store, and ship specimens appropriately to CDC, including during afterhours or on weekends/holidays.
For more information on specimen collection see CDC Information for Laboratories.
Q: Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?
A: Using the CDC-developed diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected.
For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.
Q: What should healthcare professionals and health departments do?
A: For recommendations and guidance on persons under investigation; infection control, including personal protective equipment guidance; home care and isolation; and case investigation, see Information for Healthcare Professionals. For information on specimen collection and shipment, see Information for Laboratories. For information for public health professional on COVID-19, see Information for Public Health Professionals.
Public Health Response and Current Situation
Q: What is CDC doing about COVID-19?
A: This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available. CDC works 24/7 to protect people’s health. More information about CDC’s response to COVID-19 is available online.
Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?
A: This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.
Q: Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?
A: Yes. The first COVID-19 case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The first confirmed instance of person-person-spread with this virus in the U.S. was reported on January 30, 2020. See the current U.S. case count of COVID-19.
Q: Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?
A: There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available.
Q: Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
A: It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
COVID-19 and Animals
Q: What risks do animals or animal products imported from China pose?
A: CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) play distinct but complementary roles in regulating the importation of live animals and animal products into the United States. CDC regulates animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health, USDA Department of Agriculture animals and animal products that pose a threat to agriculture; and Fish and Wildlife Service importation of endangered species and wildlife that can harm the health and welfare of humans, the interests of agriculture, horticulture, or forestry, and the welfare and survival of wildlife resources.
Q: Can I travel to the United States with pets during the COVID-19 outbreak?
A: Please refer to CDC’s requirements for bringing a dog to the United States. The current requirements for rabies vaccination apply to dogs imported from China, a high-risk country for rabies.
Q: Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?
A: While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can be infected with or spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
Q: Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
A: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Q: What precautions should be taken for animals that have recently been imported (for example, by shelters, rescue groups, or as personal pets) from China?
A: Animals imported from China will need to meet CDC and USDA requirements for entering the United States. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can be infected with or spread COVID-19. As with any animal introduced to a new environment, animals recently imported from China should be observed daily for signs of illness. If an animal becomes ill, the animal should be examined by a veterinarian. Call your local veterinary clinic before bringing the animal into the clinic and let them know that the animal was recently in China.
Q: Should I avoid animals and animal markets while I am travelling?
A: In the United States, there is no reason to think that any animals, including pets or livestock, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. If you are visiting a live animal market anywhere in the world, it is important to clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after visiting the market. Avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled products, as well as contaminated fluids and waste. Additional recommendations on basic protective measures are provided by WHO..
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