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In an effort to control crowds of people gathering and community spread among the population, the City of Clear Lake Shores has closed the swimming pool until further notice and is in the process of taping off park equipment and smaller shelters. This is to prevent the unintentional spread of COVID-19 through community spread. Green spaces at the parks remain available.
We now enter a new chapter for Clear Lake Shores with our first confirmed COVID-19 case. The City was notified by the Galveston Health District of the positive case at the same time as the public. Due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements medical information is not disclosable. There is no detailed information as to a resident name, address or other qualifiers such as sex, age, health history and transmission data. The Galveston County Health District continues their protocols in working with these cases and other potential cases. The simple fact is that we have one confirmed now and it would be reasonable to anticipate another prior to the peak of the crisis. The peak is estimated at about two weeks out.
Many factors contribute to how long this virus will remain and how long stay at home orders will remain in effect. The first being that people need to heed the advice of the CDC and obey the orders in place for the public good. You may not show symptoms, but you can be a carrier and pass on to someone who it will affect very seriously. The order to stay at home is starting to show some effect. Even as more tests are administered and more positives are identified, we are making progress.
The City of Clear Lake Shores is committed to keeping our employees, residents and visitors safe and minimizing risk. City Hall is closed to foot traffic, but essential personnel and staff still come to work and others work remotely. We continue our increased sanitation of the building and common areas and we have adjusted how our police department work shifts and utilize vehicles. All trying to eliminate any unnecessary contact internally with other employees in the case of community spread. Meetings have been postponed or conducted telephonically with opportunities for the public to watch, listen or participate. This is unlike anything we have ever addressed, and we are learning daily.
We all can appreciate those who have stayed home, practiced good social distancing and more vigorous hygiene rituals. The inconveniences of today will reap rewards in the future allowing us to return to normal more quickly. Again, continue what you have been doing with increased vigilance as we are starting to see a change.
Additional guidance for our restaurant partners will be forthcoming as we all partner in flattening the curve.
Brent Spier, City Administrator/Emergency Management Coordinator