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Posted on: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Important Information from the City of Clear Lake Shores

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On Friday, March 13th, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster as there are more than 50 confirmed cases of the virus. Today, The Galveston County Health District confirmed its second presumptive positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in a Galveston County resident. (A press release is available at: https://www.gchd.org/Home/Components/News/News/2417/65)

In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the City of Clear Lake Shores is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and currently following guidance from CDC, along with Galveston County Health District and other public health authorities.

The City of Clear Lake Shores is taking the following actions:

City Facilities

  • City Hall is open and operating under normal business hours. The City will continue to assess the situation and will update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.
  • The Children’s library is open. Do not go into the library if you are coughing or running a fever. Please use hand sanitizer upon entry.  The next Sunday Funday Family reading will be held outdoors at Jarboe Park on March 22nd.

Municipal Court and other upcoming meetings

  • Based on recommendations from the Texas Office of Court Administration, all court dockets in Clear Lake Shores Municipal Court scheduled for March 18 are being rescheduled to a later date. Clerks will be notifying individuals of their new date to appear.  Jurors scheduled for jury duty on March 24, 2020 at the Clear Lake Shores Municipal Court do NOT need to report. Please contact Municipal Court at 281-334-2799 ext. 206, 207 or 210 if you have additional questions.
  • We encourage residents to stay home and watch City Council and EDC meetings online at www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/councilvideos. You can also subscribe to our Youtube Channel ‘City of Clear Lake Shores, TX’ and watch meetings online.

City encourages social distancing and postponement of events over 50 people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends canceling all events of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks and in areas where there is even minimal COVID-19, events likely to include 10 or more people at high-risk for serious issues should be cancelled. We are following the recognitions and guidance from Galveston County. Bars and restaurants will remain open until it is otherwise mandated by Galveston County.

Clear Lake Shores Police Department is assisting our elderly residents or residents with compromised health 

If you are elderly or have compromised health and live in Clear Lake Shores or Lazy Bend, the Clear Lake Shores Police Department will assist you in obtaining emergency supplies, groceries or medications. Please contact the Clear Lake Shores Police Department at (832) 621 8142 if you require assistance. CLS PD does not have supplies to issue, but they will help by delivering your supplies to your home. The department  will try to assist you in obtaining your emergency supplies on a case by case basis, and depending on availability of those supplies.

What can our residents do to prevent community spread?

Call your healthcare provider if you feel sick

Call your healthcare provider if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath and are concerned you have come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient or have a history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset. The Galveston County Health District opened an information call center to answer questions about COVID-19. You can reach the call center at 409-938-7221, option 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Follow steps to prevent infection

The Galveston County Health District has provided important information to avoid infection. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

There are steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones protected:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough and sneeze in your elbow. Do not cough and sneeze in your hands.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Get a flu shot. The flu vaccine does not offer protection against COVID-19, but it is also flu season.

Report price gouging

A two-week supply of food and necessities for your family is enough to get through a period of quarantine. As long as residents only buy what they need, there will be enough food and supplies for everyone. Federal and local government authorities have encouraged people to stop stockpiling groceries, and grocery stores have limited the purchase of certain products.

If you see price gouging, please report it to local authorities or file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General at 1-800-621-0508.

STAY CONNECTED: Stop the spread of misinformation and follow official sites!

The situation is changing daily and sometimes hourly, so we are encouraging all residents to check the City’s website and social media channels regularly for updates.

To receive updates from the City, please subscribe to our emergency and non-emergency notification systems.

  • Emergency notification system: CLS CONNECT. To receive alerts via email or SMS, you can register to our emergency notification system “CLS Connect” by visiting our website www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/clsconnect
  • If you want to receive non-emergency notifications with City updates you can register to our non-emergency notification system “Notify Me” by visiting our website www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/notifyme
  • You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @CityofCLS. You can also subscribe to our Youtube Channel ‘City of Clear Lake Shores, TX’

For the latest developments, including current case counts, please visit the following official sites:

Clear Lake Shores is resilient, we saw that during Harvey, and we will get through this together!

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