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Posted on: March 18, 2020

City of Clear Lake Shores declares Local State of Disaster in response to spread of COVID-19


Clear Lake Shores, TX - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Mayor Kurt Otten signed a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster. The declaration activates the City Emergency Management Plan and shall continue for a period of not more than seven days unless continued or renewed by City Council. The declaration also allows the City to make immediate decisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read declaration here

The City’s Emergency Operations Center is currently requiring departments to evaluate all aspects of City operations to ensure the continuity of essential City services. Police, Fire, EMS, and Water/Wastewater external services remain operational.

On Friday, March 13th, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster as there are more than 50 confirmed cases of the virus. In addition, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections. This means local governments now have the ability to postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020. This might affect Clear Lake Shores Local elections. Please be aware that postponement of the election may be issued by City Council.

Today, the Galveston County Health District announced two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to four (A press release is available at:

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 the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Galveston County Health District and other public health authorities.

To help mitigate the spread of the virus, the City is taking the following actions:

City Facilities

  • City Hall is open and operating under normal business hours. Please do not enter City Hall if you don’t feel well or have a fever. You may call (281) 344-2799 if you need to speak to City staff. 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, 2020 have being rescheduled to a later date. Clerks will be notifying individuals of their new date to appear.  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 You can also subscribe to our Youtube Channel ‘City of Clear Lake Shores, TX’ and watch meetings there.

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.

Businesses in Clear Lake Shores will remain open and will follow CDC and Galveston County guidance. 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.

Clear Lake Shores Police Department is assisting our elderly residents or residents with compromised health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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.

How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?

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.  Anyone who has encountered price gouging during the coronavirus outbreak is asked to call the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline  at 1-800-621-0508 or file a complaint online at

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
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at
  • World Health Organization at
  • Galveston County Health District at
  • Texas Department of State Health Services at
  • Clear Creek Independent School District. The Clear Creek Independent School District will close all CCISD facilities through Friday, April 10, 2020. Click here to read more:

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

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