COVID-19 Information

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THE LIGHTER SIDE PODCAST SPECIAL EDITION: 

COVID-19 update featuring Parker County Emergency Manager Sean Hughes

Produced by the Weatherford Democrat

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: 

Governor Abbott’s Emergency Health Order requires schools, bars, clubs and gyms to close and for restaurants to offer only "to go" service effective 11:59 p.m. March 20 until 11:59 p.m. April 3, subject of extension based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and recommendations of the CDC.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Abbott’s Statewide Essential Service and Activity COVID-19 Order defined out what businesses are considered essential and stressed the importance of social distancing. He also extended the temporary closure if schools until May 4th, 2020.  It also expanded his previous order to close tattoo studios, piercing studios and and cosmetology salons. This order also prohibited vising in nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. He also extended the previous order through April 30th.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM MARCH 31

Gov. Abbott announced on April 7th the closure of all Texas State Parks beginning at 5 pm on April 7th. In order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas State Park system hosted nearly 740,000 day and overnight visitors throughout the month of March.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE


The City of Weatherford is working closely with state and county health officials as we monitor the developing impacts of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

To protect the health and safety of the community and our employees, and help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), City Manager James Hotopp has announced operational changes out of an abundance of caution. Municipal Court in-person proceedings will be temporarily suspended, and all City-sponsored events and programming at all facilities are temporarily suspended. See the sections below for more details.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CITY OF WEATHERFORD DISASTER DECLARATION

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AMENDED CITY OF WEATHERFORD DISASTER DECLARATION

*Please check this page regularly for updates.

PARKER COUNTY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

View the Parker County Judge Declaration of Local Disaster on the Parker County Website here. The Declaration was signed by Pat Deen, Parker County Judge on March 20, 2020, taking effect at 12:00 pm on March 23, 2020. Parker County Judge Pat Deen and the Commissioners County issued the First Amendment to the Parker County Declaration of Local Disaster on March 23, 2020, with an effective date of Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 6 pm. 

Follow the Parker County Facebook page (@ParkerCountyJudge) for pressing updates, Declarations, and amendments to Declarations. More information and updates can also be found on the Parker County website here.

Parker County’s first confirmed COVID-19 patient was on March 22nd. The County’s second confirmed case was announced on March 25th. The third and fourth confirmed cases were announced late on March 27th. The first recovered case was announced on March 31st at 5:30 pm. On April 3rd, the total number of cases was at 3 active and two recovered. On Saturday April 4th we had one new positive case added to our county county, bringing the total to 6 cases. Updated cases count were released at 5:04 pm on April 6th. Zero new cases were added, and two new recovered cases were added. Bringing our total county count to 4 recovered with 2 active cases. 

Parker County Cases Count from April 6 at 4-30 pm


WHAT IS COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)?

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.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and rarely, fecal contamination.

CDC TIPS

FOLLOW THE CDC’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USING A FACEMASK:

  • Facemasks are not recommended for those who are well to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others or by health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

MEDICAL CITY VIRTUAL CARE

Medical City Virtual Care has been introduced as a convenient screening option for people who are concerned that they may be at risk for COVID-19. The COVID-19 screening visit is free of charge at MedicalCityVirtualCare.Zipnosis.com.

Appointments are not necessary and the site is easily accessed from a smart phone or computer 24/7. Medical City Virtual Care allows North Texans concerned about the virus to be screened while allowing them to stay at home and prevent the spread of illness.

Medical City Weatherford Virtual Care Flier

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Weatherford’s Police Department staffing is still at full capacity, while also having the contingency plan of state assistance if needed. As a precautionary measure, the Weatherford Police Department has closed the station to the public, suspended the ride-along program and halted public fingerprinting. We have asked that all volunteers stay at home for the time being. Early the week of March 27th we enacted an officer-callback response to all non-emergency situations. We are asking that the public allow our officers to save the in-person response to only emergencies.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Our Fire Department has seen no changes in our response time or staffing. Our firefighters respond to medical calls and are often the first on the scene to provide aid. We have operational awareness from our past training and historical events. We have a back-up system in place and the ability to take extra precautionary measures to deal with any potential staffing issues. This includes assistance from the state in keeping our fire staff at full capacity. We are taking extra precautions on all of our calls just in case. Effective early the week of March 27th we have suspended all non-essential fire services, such as station tours, fire inspections, public relations events, and public appearances. This in no way changes our emergency response tactics and services operations.

WATER DEPARTMENT

Our Water Department is and will continue to remain unaffected, we will not close this function at any time. Our water treatment plant is designed to purify and disinfect our water free of pathogens, toxins, and other contaminants. We continuously run water quality checks to monitor water quality and verify disinfection levels. There is no need to stock up on water supplies, as our water source is safe and reliable.

ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT

Our Electric Department is staffed and capable of responding to any service disruption regardless of the time of day. This should provide comfort to our residents and businesses that they will have reliable and dependable electric service during this event. Both our Water and Electric Departments will remain at full staff, and upon speaking with Representative Phil King, we will be able to seek extra staffing assistance, as a contingency plan, if needed.

SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICES

We are continuing to provide our Solid Waste and Recycling Services as normally scheduled. However, should an issue arise, we have staff contingency plans in place.
  • Trash bags will be thrown in mid-April this year - keep watching our Facebook for more updates on the delivery. 

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Finance Department is working on financial flexibility plans and solidifying contingency plans for utility billing. 
  • The Weatherford Municipal Utility Board approved no assessing of late penalties or disconnects of utility services for 90 days from the date of their meeting on Thursday, March 26. 

MUNICIPAL COURT

In-person Municipal Court proceedings have been suspended until Friday, May 8, per advisory from the Texas Office of Court Administration.
  • Payments can still be made online here
  • In-person payments can still be made between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

PARKS, RECREATION & SPECIAL EVENTS

To help promote a safe and healthy community, we have closed the following facilities and canceled all the following events, programs and rentals until May 1st:
  • All Heritage Park public and private events
  • Spring Adult Softball and Spring Blastball programs.
  • Rentals of pavilions, community centers and city buildings, renters may reschedule or be refunded.
  • Chandor Gardens daily access, rentals and weddings - the Garden is closed.
  • Play Structures (all playground and other equipment touched by multiple people)
  • Patsy Hooks Dog Park
  • Quanah Hill
  • Soldier Spring Tennis Courts
  • Public Water Fountains
  • Public Restrooms
  • Camp Gladiator.
  • Follow our Weatherford Parks & Recreation Facebook Page (@WPARD) to see our weekly Mission Possible! scavenger hunts to get you up and moving while maintaining a safe distance from others. 

UTILITY BILLING

Some alternatives to paying your bills and setting up accounts in person are listed below. 
  • Start your Residential Utility Account Application here
  • Start your Commercial Utility Account Application here
  • Make your utility bill payments online from either of our two online portals, here or here
  • Our IVR (Interactive Voice Response) can also take payments with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit./debit card or with an electronic check. That number is 817.598.4225 option 1. 
  • Our nightly, secure, drop-box is checked daily. We also have envelopes available to place your billing stub and check or cash. The depository drop is located on Davis Street on the west side of City Hall. 
  • To sign up for ACH or Direct Payments fill out the following form

WEATHERFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

To ensure the health and safety of all our residents and employees, the Weatherford Public Library will be closed, beginning at 8 p.m. on March 17.
  • The Library is scheduled to be closed through April 30.
  • This may be updated in accordance with CDC recommended best practices.
  • All events including story time is discontinued. Virtual story time will be offered via Facebook Live on the Weatherford Public Library page.
  • The library is also offering curbside check-out. To learn more on the curbside check-out service, please visit www.wpltx.com.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 817-598-4150.
  • Check out some of the online or virtual services on the Weatherford Public Library's page under #WeatherfordStrong Resources.

WEATHERFORD PARKER COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter (WPCAS) will be closed to the public March 19. We will be altering operations with regards to intake at the shelter, in the community and adoption of animals to patrons. During this time, we will be deep cleaning and disinfecting our shelter as well as making plans to provide the best service we can during these changing times. We will keep all of our supporters and community updated with the latest information regarding changes to our operations.

Adoptions, intake from the public, and visitation to the shelter will be suspended, including volunteering and community service. WPCAS will not be taking in any animals from the public that are brought to the facility. WPCAS is also suspending any trapping efforts at this time, until further notice. This includes trapping of cats and/or wildlife.

Current services will include:
• Emergency animal control related issues.
• Phone and email service.

The community can facilitate getting lost animals back to their owner by taking these steps to reunite them with their family:
• Submit a Lost or Found Animal Report by sending an email to animals@weatherfordtx.gov including a picture of the pet, where the pet was found, and contact information.
• Take the animal to any a veterinarian, emergency animal hospital or pet store to have the pet scanned for a microchip.
• Post the pet as found on sites like Nextdoor, Craigslist and Weatherford social media pages.
• Hang flyers where the pet was found, as most pets are found less than 1,000 feet from their home.
• Animal Control Officers (ACO) will still be responding to calls of service in the community based on priority level response, which consist of rabies quarantine/bite investigation calls, and aggressive and/or injured animal calls.

If a resident has lost their pet and believes the animal is at WPCAS, they may call 817-598-4111 or email animals@weatherfordtx.gov to begin the process of reclaiming their pet.

WPCAS will not be facilitating adoptions during this closure, however, WPCAS will still be working with rescue organizations to place tags on our animals. Please ensure you follow our rescue protocols to place any tags. You can find our rescue protocols at: http://www.weatherfordtx.gov/3066/Rescue-Partners.

  • If you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you. You can reach us at animals@weatherfordtx.gov or by calling us at 817-598-4111 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH SERVICES LINKS

For more resources and information on COVID-19 check out the links below from the county, state, and CDC.  

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