The City of Southlake's primary concern with the COVID-19 pandemic is the health and safety of our community and members of our team. We are working with our local, state and federal partners, following advice and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Denton and Tarrant County Health Departments. In addition to managing City operational impacts, we are also managing contingencies that could affect public programs, meetings and facilities.
Local Case Data
Local case data for Southlake can be viewed through the Tarrant County and Denton County case data.
The State of Texas is currently vaccinating all adults and children (only through specific approved vaccines). Information about vaccines from the State of Texas, Tarrant County and Denton County is available at the links below.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management has a dashboard to locate providers for the vaccine and therapeutics.
- FDA shortens interval for Moderna booster January 7.
- CDC provides updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools.
- CDC expands booster shot eligibility and recommendations for 12-17-year-olds on January 5.
- CDC recommends Pfizer booster at 5 months and additional dose for immunocompromised children January 4.
- The FDA took actions to expand use of the Pfizer vaccine January 3.
- On December 23, the FDA authorized additional oral antiviral treatment.
- On December 22, the FDA authorized the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19.
- On December 16, the CDC endorsed ACIP's vaccine recommendations.
- CDC expands booster recommendations for teens.
- On November 29, the CDC expanded COVID-19 booster recommendations.
- The FDA has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters.
- The CDC has released guidance on vaccines for children and teens.
- The CDC has released updated guidance on receiving a Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine booster.
- The CDC has released updated guidance on receiving a Pfizer vaccine booster.
- On August 23, 2021, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received full approval from the FDA.
- The CDC has released initial guidance on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine booster.
- On May 16, 2021 the CDC updated guidance for those who are fully vaccinated.
- On May 12, 2021 the CDC approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12-15.
State of Texas COVID-19 Updates
- Texas Files Suit Regarding Vaccine Mandate: On January 4, Governor Abbott announced a suit to protect Texas National Guard from President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
- Texas Requests Increase in COVID-19 Resources from Federal Government: Governor Abbot announced December 31 a request for additional COVID-19 testing sites, medical personnel, and monoclonal antibody allocations from the federal government.
- DSHS Announced Limited Quantities of Recently Authorized Therapeutics: DSHS announced limited quantities of oral medications Paxlovid and Molnupiravir.
- DSHS Issues Statement on Monoclonal Antibody Availability: DSHS announced a shortage at federal infusion centers.
- Governor Abbott Announces Staffing Funding: Governor Abbott announced December 16 $128 million to support staffing needs at rural hospitals and nursing facilities.
- Governor Abbott Challenges Vaccine Mandate: Governor Abbott announced November 15 a challenge to OSHA's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
- Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order related to prohibiting vaccine mandates: Governor Abbott announced October 11 an executive order regarding prohibiting vaccine mandates.
- Texas Launches COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Center in McKinney: Governor Abbott announced September 1 a new infusion center located in McKinney.
- DSHS Announces Deployment of Additional Medical Personnel: Governor Abbott announced August 26 that the Texas Department of State Health Services will deploy additional medical staff to support health care facilities.
- Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates: Governor Abbott announced August 25 a prohibition on vaccine mandates in Texas.
- Texas to Deploy Medical Personnel to Antibody Infusion Centers: Governor Abbott announced August 19, 2021 that the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Division of Emergency Management are deploying additional personal to additional antibody infusion centers.
- TEA Issues New Guidance: The guidance issued August 19 is in relation to public health requirements and reporting COVID19 cases procedures.
- Texas Announces Additional Antibody Infusion Centers to Open: Governor Abbott announced August 13 that additional antibody infusion centers would open, including one in Dallas-Fort Worth.
- Governor Abbott Announces Deployment of 2,500 Medical Personnel: Governor Abbott announced August 11 the deployment of additional medical personnel to assist hospitals.
- Governor Abbott Takes Action to Mitigate Rise in Cases: Governor Abbott announced August 9 several actions to assist in rising COVID-19 cases.
- Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order for Statewide Uniformity in Response: Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28 combining existing executive orders for statewide uniformity in COVID-19 response.
- TDEM to Expand Mobile Vaccine Program: The State of Texas announced the expansion of the mobile vaccination program to include groups of five or more.
- Texas Announces $2.5 Billion in Food Benefits: The state of Texas announced the second round of federal food benefits for families.
- Governor Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Government Entities From Mandating Masks: The executive order issued May 18 prohibits governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities.
- Abbott Announces End to Federal COVID-19 Related Unemployment Benefits: Governor Abbott informed the U.S. Department of Labor that Texas will opt out of the program.
- Texas Launches Vaccine Call Center: The center will help connect organizations and businesses with mobile vaccine teams.
- Abbott Issues Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: The statement issued April 13 follows CDC and FDA recommendation to pause the vaccine.
- Abbott Announces Partial Approval of Federally Supported Vaccine Operations: The approval extends operations for federally supported community vaccination centers.
- Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Government-Mandated Vaccine Passports: The order prohibits state agencies and political subdivisions in Texas from creating a vaccine passport.
- Texas Launches Rapid Testing Program for Youth Summer Camps: The creation of the program was announced March 30 for camps licensed through TDSHS.
- Texas Requests Extension of FEMA Vaccination Sites: The request was made to extend the sites in Arlington, Dallas and Houston.
- Abbott Announces Outreach Program for Seniors: The partnership aims to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among seniors.
- Governor Abbott issues an Executive Order lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing the capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100%. The Governor announced GA-34 at a March 2, 2021 press conference. It is effective as of Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
- Texas Emergency Management Launches Vaccine and Therapeutics Dashboard: The Texas Division of Emergency Management launched a dashboard to help locate therapeutics providers and vaccine availability across Texas.
- Two COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Centers to Open in North Texas: Governor Abbott announced the opening if two therapeutic infusion centers January 11 in Fort Worth and Irving by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
- Texas Launches Vaccine Information Website: The State of Texas is updating their COVID-19 vaccine website for information regarding vaccine providers, data, and timeline.
- Governor Holds Press Conference on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Governor Abbott provided an update on December 17 on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Texas.
- Trauma Service Area E Reports Seven Consecutive Days of High Hospitalizations: According to the Texas Department of State Health Services website, Trauma Service Area E has reported COVID-19 hospitalizations of greater than 15% for seven consecutive days. Southlake is located in Trauma Service Area E. Official confirmation of this is available on the Texas Department of State Health Services monitoring webpage.
Per Gov. Greg Abbott's Executive Orders GA-31 and GA-32, Trauma Service Areas that report the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeding 15% for seven consecutive days must: under certain circumstances postpone elective surgeries and procedures, reduce occupancy of businesses currently operating at 75% to 50%, and close bars and similar establishments determined by TABC.
Per the Executive Orders, this is effective until the Trauma Service Area records seven consecutive days of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity of 15% or less. View the TSDHS Trauma Service Area dashboard.
- Governor Announces First Delivery of Vaccine Doses to Arrive Around December 14: Governor Abbot announced December 2 that the first round of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive the week of December 14 from the Centers for Disease Control.
- Governor, TDSHS Announce Guiding Principles for Vaccine Distribution: Governor Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services announced their guiding principles for COVID-19 vaccine distribution November 23, 2020.
- Governor Announces Plans for COVID-19 Treatments: Governor Abbott announced Texas' plan to distribute medicines and vaccines to treat COVID-19.
- Governor Issues Executive Order for Protocols to Allow Bars or Similar Establishments to Open: Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order October 7, 2020, allowing bars or similar establishments to open October 14 with 50% capacity indoors and no occupancy limit for outdoors.
- Governor Issues two Executive Orders Related to the Reopening of Texas and Hospital Capacity: Governor Abbott issued two Executive Orders on September 17, 2020, allowing for expanded occupancy levels for businesses, and another relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster. Read more about the order details in a press release from the Governor’s Office.
- Governor Issues Executive Order For Statewide Face Covering Requirements and a Proclamation to Limit Gatherings: Governor Abbott issued an executive order on July 2, 2020, requiring the use of a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving local leaders the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over ten people.
- Governor Issues Executive Order Limiting Certain Businesses and Services: Governor Abbott issued an executive order June 26, 2020, affecting bars and similar establishments, restaurants, rafting and tubing businesses, and outdoor gatherings.
- Governor Announces Temporary Pause of Additional Reopening Phases: Governor Abbott released a statement June 25, 2020, stating further reopening phases will be paused as the state responds to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
- Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas: The State of Texas is regularly updating their plans and next steps to Open Texas. For more information on guidelines and openings, visit their Open Texas website.
- Governor Issues Reopening Guidance: Governor Abbott released Open Texas Checklists during his press conference May 18, as part of Phase 2 of his reopening plan.
- Governor Abbott’s Reopening Orders: On May 5, 2020, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-21, expanding openings of additional businesses and activities. Read more about the order’s details here in a press release from the Governor’s Office.
- The Governor’s Report to Open Texas: The Governor’s April 27, 2020, announcement initiating phase one to open Texas, was accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This detailed report, available on the strike force website, helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS’ minimum standard health protocols for all Texans. Visit the website here: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.
Latest News / Information:
The following information provides local updates from Tarrant County, Denton County and measures the City of Southlake is taking.
- Tarrant County Announces Testing Center Expansion: The County announced additional testing centers.
- Tarrant County Announces a Mask Mandate Will Not be Issued: The announcement was made by Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley on Twitter.
- City of Southlake Lifts Employee Mask Mandate: The City of Southlake has removed the requirement for employees to wear masks May 18, 2021.
- Tarrant County issues Executive Order March 2 lifting mask restrictions. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley announced the order is effective immediately.
- Tarrant County launches vaccine FAQ website: Tarrant County launched a COVID-19 vaccine FAQ website.
- Denton County launches vaccine information website: Denton County launched a COVID-19 vaccine information site.
- Tarrant County Public Health issues interim guidance for quarantine: Tarrant County issued interim guidance for the discontinuation of quarantine for close contacts December 9.
- Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley extends facial covering requirement to February 28, 2021: Executive Order extends mandatory face coverings to February 28, 2021. Read the latest order.
- Executive Order of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley issued August 25, 2020: "The executive order issued on June 25, 2020, is hereby further extended until November 30, 2020." Read more here.
- Executive Order of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley issued June 25, 2020: Effective at 6:00 p.m. June 26, 2020, to August 3, 2020, at 6:00 a.m., that all employees and visitors to Tarrant County businesses premises wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public. Read more here.
- City Approves Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County for CARES Act Funding (June 5, 2020): The Southlake City Council approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Tarrant County during the June 2 session, to receive funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Read more here.
- Southlake Senior Activity Center Provides Curbside Meal Pickup (June 1, 2020): The Southlake Senior Activity Center kicked off the first Metroport Meals on Wheels curbside pick-up. Learn more here.
- Safely Reopening The Marq Southlake (May 29, 2020): We’re excited to announce the reopening of The Marq Southlake. Read more about the reopening here.
- Garbage Service Returns to Normal Schedule (May 22, 2020): This includes recycling and brush pick up. Learn more here.
- Teen Court Still in Session - From a Distance (May 21, 2020): By using a little ingenuity, Metroport Teen Court is still in session despite changes associated with COVID-19. Read more here.
- City Looking to Adjust 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Year Budgets Based on Revenue Projections (May 21, 2020): City of Southlake CFO Sharen Jackson provided a financial outlook during the May 19 City Council meeting.
- Southlake Parks Re-Opening (May 18, 2020): Park amenities and facilities are such as the playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts and restrooms have re-opened, with others scheduled to re-open soon. Click here for more information.
- Economic Recovery Task Force Begins Work – Sets Strategic Goals For Future Success (May 8, 2020): A task force made up of local business leaders has begun its work with the city to help strengthen Southlake’s business environment in the wake of COVID-19 impacts. The team has set strategic goals and has begun to implement recovery ideas, such as relaxing outdoor sales regulations, an idea City Council has already approved. Click here for more information.
- Carroll ISD is providing updates on their Operation #SAFEdragon page.
For information at the state, national and world level, click on the links below.
These links provide good resources for tracking the progression of the outbreak and finding answers to frequently asked questions.
What You Can Do Today
- Reduce Your Risk of Being Infected or Infecting Others
- Follow Declarations Issued
- Stay Informed From Trusted Sites
We can do a few things and we’ve probably heard them all before. They won’t guarantee to protect us from infection, but they can reduce our risk of infection. These are just as useful for avoiding influenza (flu) virus infection during flu season and for preventing COVID-19, once the local community is known to have it circulating.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds & more frequently than you do now. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Try not to touch your face.
Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
State, County and City officials are issuing orders and guidance. Be sure to understand what the what these include and how they impact you.
The CDC and Texas DSHS have established central resources for tracking the situation. There is also a useful dashboard that has been created that tracks cases worldwide. Check out the resources section of this page for some quick links. The City will also provide updates as needed on this page under the “Latest News” section.