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