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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 27, 2020 1:00 PM

Subject: Brazoria County COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Of the thirty-nine COVID-19 cases reported by Brazoria County Health Department on March 26, four of those cases were hospitalized. Today, March 27, of the thirty-nine cases, three other individuals have gone from recovering in home isolation to hospitalization, totaling seven cases now in hospital care.

We are asking Brazoria County residents to take the Brazoria County Stay Safe at Home Order seriously. Only go out when you have essentials to pick-up or traveling to-and-from your essential place of employment. You are not prohibited from engaging in outside activities, but it is not a time for social gatherings. When out, practice social distancing to protect you and your family from the spread of this very contagious disease, COVID-19.

Stay Safe Brazoria County.

Residents who have questions concerning COVID-19 can call the Brazoria County COVID-19 Information Line at 979-864-2167, for non-health related questions call 979-864-1898, Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Brazoria County Health Department is currently investigating the confirmed cases.  They will contact anyone who could have been at risk of exposure, and will release information via Brazoria County channels to the wider community if there is a larger impact.

Personal information will NOT be released about any COVID-19 cases as that would  be in direct violation of HIPPA.

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Gov Abbott’s Executive Order

Texas Governor Greg Abbott gives coronavirus update 3/19 Click Here to view video

Update as of 3/19/2020

A couple of hours ago, Governor Greg Abbott updated Texas on the latest on the COVID-19 situation. He is asking all Texans to conform to the standards being set out by the Center for Disease Control and President Trump

  1. No gatherings with more than 10
  2. People shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
  3. People shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance
  4. Schools shall temporarily close

This, executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-1

This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVD-19.

The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire.


Community Forum on COVID -19 Panelists included:

  • US Congressman Pete Olson
  • Doctors –
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Dr. Suma Manjunath, Managing Physician of Travel Medicine
  • HCA Houston Healthcare Clearlake and Mainland, Dr. Carl Vartian, Infectious Disease Specialist and Chief Medical Officer
  • Brazoria County Health Department, Cathy Sbrusch, RN, BSN, CIC
  • Pearland ISD, Dr. John Kelly, Superintendent
  • Alvin ISD, Carol Nelson, Superintendent



WAYS TO HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES - 

  1. Purchase a gift card
  2. Order food to be delivered or drive thru
  3. Order food for your favorite senior citizens
  4. Watch Facebook for ways they are promoting themselves and take advantage of their "special" deals
  5. Keep your memberships current
  6. Call your favorite businesses and ask how you can support them
  7. Tip a little more than usual

WAYS TO HELP EVERYONE - 


  1. Say a little prayer
  2. Don’t panic
  3. Stay home if you feel sick and contact your medical provider
  4. Use reliable news sources
  5. Follow the rules set by experts
  6. Don’t overbuy food and supplies
  7. Leave the baby supplies for babies
  8. Check out businesses before committing to new services/or buying cleaning supplies
  9. Do not mix bleach with other cleansers
  10. Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  11. Don’t touch your face
  12. Disinfect all surfaces including your cell phone
  13. Choose joy
  14. Be patient with others

Texans Urged to Use 2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline 

for COVID-19 Information and Referrals

Texas Health and Human Services encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals to community resources to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Texans, no matter where they live, can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6 to get information and referrals to COVID-19 social services, including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.

Texans can also dial 2-1-1 to find information about local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance, and senior services.

Public safety officials in the City of Manvel are closely monitoring coronavirus news and impacts associated with this illness via regular updates provided by County, State, and National public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The City of Manvel is taking steps to ensure the continuity of essential city services and minimize the consequences to the community in the event that this illness spreads to our community.

The CDC emphasizes that this is still an evolving situation and offers the following risk assessment:  

  1. “For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  2. People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 have been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  3. Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  4. Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  5. Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk for exposure.”

There are practical steps each of us can take, however, not only to prevent the spread of the coronavirus but also seasonal flu, which has had far greater impact on the U.S. and remains a significant health hazard. the CDC suggests:

  1. Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  3. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly soiled.”
  4. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as this is the most common means by which viruses are introduced into the body.
  5. Staying home when you are sick.
  6. Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  7. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  8. Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    1. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19     
    2. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the illness to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone who is inflicted with a contagious illness.

WHAT DO THE CITY AND STATE COVID-19 DISASTER ORDERS MEAN

DOES THE TEXAS GOVERNOR’S ORDER SUPERCEDE THE CITY ONE?

Yes. The city declared its order before the state did. Between 11:59 a.m. March 20 and April 3 Gov. Abbott’s order takes precedence over Manvel’s. Gov. Abbott’s order is more restrictive than Manvel’s order. Hisit clarifies some ways that Texans will respond statewide to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This does not mean that Manvel’s order is mute. Some points that are not addressed in the state’s executive order are addressed in the Manvel one.



WILL MANVEL GET CORONAVIRUS TESTING KITS?

No. COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the Brazoria County Health Department. To learn more about how to get tested, contact them at 281-485-5344. You can also call the Brazoria COVID-19 Information Line at 979-864-2167. It is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m – 2 p.m.



HOW IS THE MANVEL ORDER STRUCTURED? HOW LONG IS IT IN PLACE?

It is a 7-day order that began Wednesday, March 18. It documents the efforts Manvel is implementing to combat the virus outbreak. An accompanying declaration recognizes the public health emergency and activates the city’s emergency management plan.



CAN THE MANVEL ORDER BE CHANGED?

Yes. City Council has that authority. Council will consider updates on Monday, March 23, and council members will vote to formally align the Manvel order with Gov. Abbott’s executive order.



IF THE ORDER CAN BE CHANGED AT A CITY COUNCIL MEETING, WHAT WILL THE CITY DO IF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE SHOW UP TO TALK ABOUT IT?

The Fire Marshal and the police will enforce the state’s executive order on this point. They will regulate the amount of people who can enter to ensure that less than 10 people are inside City Hall. Some people will have to stand outside until someone leaves. This is similar to situations in our daily lives when we are at crowded venues that have a occupancy limit during a popular event.



HOW DOES THE MANVEL ORDER AFFECT MY HOUSEHOLD OR BUILDING UTILITIES?

During this time, the city will not cut off city water and sewer to residents or businesses. Pet and alarm registrations renewals are suspended. Be aware, however, that this does not suspend late fees. Late fees will continue to be charged. This order only ensures that you will have city water and sewer during the crisis.



WILL MANVEL REQUIRE BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS TO CLOSE?

Manvel follows the state’s executive order on this point. The governor’s order does not close businesses, but it does tell Texans to avoid inside dining at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. Nonprofits are not exempt from Gov. Abbott's executive order.



WHAT DOES THE MANVEL ORDER ENCOURAGE?

It follows the state executive order on this point and encourages delivery, drive-thru and pickup services to support local restaurants and businesses.



WHAT DOES THE MANVEL ORDER NOT ENCOURAGE?

It follows the state executive order on this point and mandates that residents avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors.



WHAT ITEMS ARE PROTECTED IN THE MANVEL ORDER?

Prices on certain items are regulated from "price gouging." Items on the list are: groceries, beverages, toiletry articles, gasoline, diesel oil, motor oil, ice, kerosene, grease, automotive lubricants, medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and medical equipment. Restaurant, cafeteria and boarding-house meals are also on the list. These items will be closely monitored within the city as long as the local disaster order is in effect.



WHAT DOES PRICE GOUGING MEAN?

It means a business has deliberately spiked the cost of an item in order to take advantage of a disaster or crisis that leaves its residents vulnerable. The Attorney General investigates these cases. If convicted, a fine of not more than $2,000 can be levied. The Attorney General phone number is 1-800-621-0508.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the City doing to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus?

The City continues to work with local, regional, and state partners to monitor and prepare for Coronavirus through the participation in various conference calls and meetings. Our Emergency Management group including the Incident Management Team and City Departments have been planning and preparing staff, facilities, equipment, and more to continue critical services to our community.
 

What are the City's plans for emergency operations?


City Staff have partially activated key personnel for the Emergency Operations Center in a proactive measure to stay on top of COVID-19 as situations throughout the country, state, county, and local level progress. Any additional information will be made public as events unfold.

Does Manvel currently have a COVID-19 case?
According to Brazoria County, as of March 18, 2020 there is currently one case of the COVID-19 in Manvel.


What do I do if I'm presenting symptoms?

According to the Centers for Disease Control - Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provide for medical advice. Signs and symptoms
Regarding testing: Brazoria County is working with medical providers in the county. Currently there are neither presumed positive cases, nor confirmed cases in Manvel.
Local and state health authorities have established testing locations locally and throughout the Houston area if a citizen has been referred for testing by their healthcare provider.