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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Galveston County issues stay-at-home order to reduce spread of COVID-19

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Clear Lake Shores, TX - Tuesday, March 23, 2020 - Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued today a stay-at-home order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The order, signed by Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten, will be effective 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m.  Friday, April 3, 2020.

This action orders the following:

  • All individuals currently living within Galveston County are ordered to remain at their place of residence. Galveston County residents may leave their homes only to perform any of the following essential activities:
  1. To obtain medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home.
  2. To obtain necessary services or supplies such as food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  3. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).
  4. To care for a family member or pet in another household. Click here to read more activities that qualify as essential activities. 
  • All businesses operating within Galveston County, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. Click here to read which businesses qualify as “essential businesses.” 
  • All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.
  • Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
  • Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
  • All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Galveston County.
  • This order suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Galveston County for the next 60 days.
  • If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home for 14 days until or unless otherwise directed by the Local Health Authority.
  • Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
  • Tolls are waived at the San Luis Pass toll booth during the duration of this Disaster.

Click here to read complete order. (Link here)

Galveston County Health District this afternoon announced one additional positive COVID-19 case in a Galveston County resident. This brings the county’s case total to 18. For more information, visit


Call your healthcare provider if you feel sick

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested. 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.

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.

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.

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

Clear Lake Shores is resilient, we will get through this together!

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