COVID-19 Response

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The City of Richmond took action, on Monday March 30th at a Special Commission Meeting via teleconference, to amend the Third Order as a continued effort to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The City's Declaration of Local Disaster For Public Health Emergency was extended with an open ended order. This allows for the City of Richmond to take the necessary measure to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of our residents.

 

 

As we continue to be under the stay home and work safe order, practice social distancing, and not gather in groups of more than 10, we will together get through this pandemic. The City has closed playgrounds and courts at our City parks to discourage gatherings of more than 10 people, but City parks remain open. Let us all continue to adhere to these guidelines so we can get to the other side safely.

Please remember to support local businesses who are providing essential services.

And to those who are on the front lines-the healthcare workers, the first responders, the truck drivers, and the grocery store workers, we thank you for your heroic work.

Thank you,

Mayor Evalyn Moore

 

Public safety is our number one priority. The following measures follow actions based on guidelines issued by Fort Bend County and the Centers for Disease Control. They are intended to protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Houston region, and they are consistent with the City of Richmond’s disaster declaration that follows Fort Bend County’s guidelines and actions taken by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

By Order of Mayor Evalyn W. Moore:

  • Bars must suspend service.
  • Restaurants must limit service to delivery, take-out, and pick-up options instead of sit-down dining.
  • Any event of more than 10 people sponsored or permitted by the City of Richmond will cease.
  • Municipal Court appearances, trials, and arraignments are canceled. All cases will be reset.
  • All community meetings sponsored by the city will be postponed.
  • Other gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed.  Those at higher risk include people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, mellitus, cancer, hypertension, etc.), people who have weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.
  • Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the City of Richmond will not discontinue water service for anyone through April 30th; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.
  • Any event or gathering of more than 10 people held at private facilities are urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
  • Events under 10 people should be considered for postponement.
  • Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
  • Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Maximize telecommuting options and consider staggering start and end times.
  • Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities with populations at higher risk for COVID-19 should limit interactions with the general public. This includes reducing large gatherings, limiting programs with external staff, consider having residents stay inside, limiting visitors, and screening people entering the facility.
  • Faith-based organizations and communities should implement social distancing measures to minimize close contact with groups of 10 or more people. This includes group congregation and religious services, especially for organizations who are at increased risk.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. The City continues to work closely with other agencies and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts.

At this time, the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed. In an effort to limit person-to-person contact, we have closed our building lobbies (except the Police Department). Utility and Court payments may still be made on-site through our payment drop-boxes.

If you should have any questions regarding city services, please call (281) 342-5456 opt.2

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

• Texas Department of Health and Human Services https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

• Fort Bend Health and Human Services https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Below is helpful information about COVID-19

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever

  • Dry Cough

  • Shortness of breath (severe)

  • Fatigue

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

 

Know How it Spreads

 

 
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 10 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 Take steps to protect yourself

 

 Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

 Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

 

 Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. 

 

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

 

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
   

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

COVID-19 FAQ's

What is novel coronavirus?
Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?
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Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?