Protecting Southlake is a cornerstone of the City’s operations. Part of our commitment to protecting Southlake includes a proactive approach to emergency management that includes strong planning for how we would operate in the face of various emergencies.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Following the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China late last year, the City’s Executive Leadership Team began working with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to ensure we are taking appropriate precautions and preparing protocols in case the virus affects our community and/or region.
- Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols: Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas, in effect through April 30, 2020. Click here to read more.
- Tarrant County Issues Stay at Home Order: A Stay At Home order has been issued for Tarrant County residents by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, in effect until April 30, 2020. Click here to read the full text of the order.
- Denton County Issues Stay at Home Order: A Stay at Home Order has been issued for Denton County residents by Denton County Judge Andy Eads in effect through April 30, 2020. Click here to read the full text of the order.
- Council Extends Emergency Declaration & Postpones May Election: As a result, of the special March 23, 2020, virtual meeting, the Southlake City Council voted to extend Mayor Laura Hill’s First Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency. Click here to read more.
Local Case Data and City Resources
The City created a centralized area for Tarrant and Denton County COVID-19 case data. The dashboard provides a local snapshot. By clicking on the county links below, readers can see the case counts provided by the Denton County and Tarrant County public health offices.
Southlake online and local services that support social distancing guidelines are also provided for residents’ information.
Latest News / Information:
The following information provides updates about actions the City is taking, lists news items the City has recently posted to MySouthlakeNews.com, and gives answers to questions we are receiving frequently.
If you are looking for local daily case counts, please visit Tarrant County Public Health’s website by clicking here.
- Students Take Part in COVID-19 Ask the Mayor Video Conference (April 7, 2020): Last week, a group of Carroll ISD students got the opportunity to ask Southlake Mayor Laura Hill questions about the city’s response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Questions ranged from how to support local businesses to what is the first thing you want to do when this ends. Click here to read more.
- Republic Services to resume brush and bulky materials collection (April 3, 2020): Due to the COVID-19 situation, Republic Services implemented temporary changes, effective March 19, 2020, to solid waste services. Republic Services is in the process of adjusting their workforce and truck availability which will allow them to resume collection of brush and bulky materials, although on a scaled back schedule. Beginning April 8, 2020, Republic Services will begin collecting brush and yard waste on Wednesdays only until further notice. Click here to read more.
- Three City Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 (April 2, 2020): Three City employees from the Public Works Operation Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here to read more.
- City extends closure of City facilities through April 30 (April 1, 2020): As part of the City of Southlake’s response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the City has extended the closure of City facilities through April 30. For a complete closure and cancellation list, please click here.
- Gov. Abbott: Schools Closed until 5/4, Social Distancing until 4/30 (March 31, 2020): During a press conference on March 31, Governor Greg Abbott issued an updated Executive Order that gave Texans new COVID-19 guidelines. Click here to read more.
- Resources for You and Your Employees (March 31, 2020): The impact of the COVID-19 situation is not only being felt locally in Southlake, but on a state and national level. Governments and organizations are issuing updates daily to help individuals and organizations who have been impacted. Click here to access a list of resources for you and your business.
- The Dos and Don’ts of Stay-at-Home (March 27, 2020): There are a lot of questions about what stay-at-home means and what you’re allowed and not allowed to do until the order expires April 7. To help, we created a list of dos and don’ts. Click here to read more.
- Carroll ISD is providing updates on their Operation #SAFEdragon page.
Looking for information about cases in Tarrant County? Visit the Tarrant County Public Health site by clicking here.
For information at the state, national and world level, click on the links below.
(Please note that these are links to outside websites.)
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.
County officials have issued Stay at Home orders. Be sure to understand what the orders 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.