Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 

Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020 (6:45 PM)

Total Positive Cases *

1236 (+19)

Total Current Cases

311 (-4)

Total Recovered

892 (+23)

Total Deaths **

33 

Hospitalized

21 (-1)

Home

290 (-3)

Negative Tests

16405 (+259)

PUMs ***

2200 (+53)

* Net increase of 19 cases: 23 new cases minus 4 cases identified as out-of-county and removed from the previous total.
** Of the 33 total deaths, 19 have been residents of assisted living facilities. *** Persons Under Monitoring

Collin County COVID-19 Cases

Total, Active, Recovered, & Deceased

Hospital Beds

as of Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ventilators

as of Thursday, May 28, 2020

Adult ICU Beds

as of Thursday, May 28, 2020

Collin County COVID-19 Cases

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Collin County COVID-19 Cases

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Collin County COVID-19 Cases

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Collin County COVID-19 Cases

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Collin County COVID-19 Cases

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Collin County COVID-19 Cases

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Collin County New Unemployment Applications

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Metroplex Counties’ COVID-19 Total Cases

Collin, Dallas, Denton, & Tarrant Counties

Metroplex Counties’ COVID-19 Daily Cases

Collin, Dallas, Denton, & Tarrant Counties

Metroplex Counties’ COVID-19 Total Deaths

Collin, Dallas, Denton, & Tarrant Counties

Collin County COVID-19 Case Details

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Letter to Governor Greg Abbott

Friday, April 24, 2020

Dear Governor Abbott:

Thank you for soliciting the feedback of Texas’ county judges. I am grateful for the opportunity to share these thoughts with you as you lead our great state and make decisions that impact all of us.

Texans are facing two significant dangers today: the threat to our public and personal health from COVID-19, and the threat to our ability to provide for our families’ most basic needs.

Substantial measures have been enacted to address the public health threat and to prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, but these very same measures have increased the threat to our families’ financial health to a dangerous level. It is time to restore balance to the state’s strategy to protect our Texas families from these dual threats.

Now that we have the advantages of time and additional data, we recognize that the worst-case-scenario projections have failed to materialize. Our Collin County hospitals are significantly underutilized and have additional capacity, so much so that they are anticipating financial losses and are actually starting to furlough and lay off medical staff. In a cruel twist of irony, the very restrictions that were enacted to save our hospital capacity could actually lead to a reduction in hospital capacity, particularly in rural communities across the state.

With all this in mind, I propose the following common-sense measures for your consideration:

  • All businesses are essential to the families who depend on those businesses for their livelihoods. Immediately eliminate the artificial distinction between “essential” and “non-essential” businesses. Every Texan has an inherent right bestowed by our Creator to provide for his or her family.
  • Encourage businesses and customers alike to take precautions to stay safe and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here in Collin County, my Economic Recovery Task Force is comprised of talented and experienced business leaders who are already working to provide guidance on best practices to work safe. We would be proud to share that guidance with you and your Strike Force team.
  • Encourage all persons with underlying health complications and those at increased risk of severe illness to take active steps to limit their exposure to others and stay safe and healthy.
  • Continue to advocate for an increase in the availability of testing supplies and PPE resources.
  • For at least six months, leave in place the waivers you enacted on specific state regulations. Use that time to evaluate and determine which regulations may be waived permanently.
  • Declare a statewide sales tax holiday in the near future to help our Texas families stretch their financial resources.

It’s time for Texas families to get back to work. In doing so, we can successfully address both challenges facing Texas today. If we ignore either threat at the expense of the other, we all lose.

It is my pleasure and my great privilege to partner with you in serving the people of Texas and Collin County. May the Lord bless you with wisdom and courageous leadership as you serve Him and all Texans.

For Texas,
Chris Hill

Order of the County Judge (CH-04)

Friday, April 24, 2020

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, I issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, I issued my First Executive Order on March 20, 2020; my Second Executive Order on March 24, 2020; and my Third Executive Order on March 31, 2020;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chris Hill, County Judge of Collin County, Texas, under the authority of Texas Government Code Section 418.108, do hereby order the following:

SECTION 1

My First Executive Order, issued on March 20, 2020, shall expire at 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

SECTION 2. Prompt Filing

In accordance with Texas Government Code section 418.108(c), this order shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the County Clerk of Collin County.

Ordered this 24th day of April, 2020.

Chris Hill

Order of the County Judge (CH-03)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19 has spread through the world and has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and

WHEREAS, President Donald Trump has proclaimed the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency in the United States and Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 13, 2020, issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, I, Collin County Judge Chris Hill, issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, I issued my First Executive Order on March 20, 2020, and my Second Executive Order on March 24, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14 on March 31, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which provides sweeping relief for Americans and seeks to assist persons impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Labor has provided guidelines and definitions for the interpretation and application of the FFCRA; and

WHEREAS, Collin County recognizes and appreciates the dedication of all its employees in working to protect the health, safety and well-being of Collin County citizens during these challenging times and seeks to provide fair and equitable compensation to its employees;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chris Hill, County Judge of Collin County, Texas, under the authority of Texas Government Code Section 418.108, do hereby order the following:

SECTION 1

I hereby rescind my Second Executive Order issued on March 24, 2020.

SECTION 2. Definition of Health Care Provider & Emergency Responder and Election of Exclusion from FFCRA

For the purposes of Collin County operations and the application of and exclusion from the FFRCA, a “Health Care Provider” is anyone:

  1. employed by Collin County Health Care Services or the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office; or
  2. further defined as a “Health Care Provider” by the U.S. Department of Labor for purposes of the application of the FFCRA.

For the purposes of Collin County operations and the application of and exclusion from the FFRCA, an “Emergency Responder” is anyone:

  1. employed by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, a Collin County Constable’s Office, the Collin County Animal Services Department, the Collin County Development Services Department, or the Collin County Fire Marshal’s Office; or
  2. certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (“TCOLE”) as a Peace Officer, Jailer, or Telecommunicator, whose Statement of Appointed Officer or Peace, Jailer or Telecommunicator license is carried by the Collin County Sheriff, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney, a Collin County Constable, the Collin County Fire Marshal, or any other Collin County official; or
  3. who is necessary for the provision of transport, care, health care, comfort, and nutrition of patients, or whose services are otherwise needed to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes but is not limited to law enforcement officers, correctional institution personnel/detention officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services personnel, physicians, nurses, public health personnel, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, emergency management personnel, 911 operators and dispatchers, public works personnel, and persons with skills or training in operating specialized equipment or other skills needed to provide aid in a declared emergency as well as individuals who work for facilities employing these individuals and whose work is necessary to maintain the operation of the facility; or
  4. further defined as an “Emergency Responder” by the U.S. Department of Labor for purposes of the application of the FFCRA.

SECTION 3. Fair and Equitable Compensation

The Collin County Human Resources Department, Administration Department, and all other applicable departments are hereby directed to develop a comprehensive plan for the fair and equitable compensation of County employees in accordance with the FFCRA, and present such plan to the Commissioners Court on or before Monday, April 6, 2020, for consideration and all appropriate action.

SECTION 4. Prompt Filing

In accordance with Texas Government Code section 418.108(c), this order shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the County Clerk of Collin County.

SECTION 5. Term

This order shall take effect immediately from its issuance and shall continue for a period of not more than seven days unless continued or renewed by the Commissioners Court of Collin County, Texas.

Ordered this 31st day of March, 2020.

Chris Hill

Order of the County Judge

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 which causes the disease COVID-19 has spread through the world and has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and

WHEREAS, President Donald Trump has proclaimed the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency in the United States; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, Collin County Judge Chris Hill issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus now designated SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued four executive orders for the State of Texas;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chris Hill, County Judge of Collin County, Texas, under the authority of Texas Government Code Section 418.108, do hereby issue this second executive order.

SECTION 1. Intent of this Order

The intent of this Order is to protect the physical health and well-being of Collin County citizens, to protect the financial health and well-being of Collin County citizens, and to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible while safeguarding the Constitutional liberties of Collin County citizens by utilizing the least restrictive means possible and encouraging the highest level of personal responsibility.

SECTION 2. Protecting the physical health and well-being of Collin County citizens.

Persons who are sick and currently experiencing common COVID-19 symptoms have a responsibility to take actions necessary to protect the physical health and well-being of others.

Any person who is sick or currently experiencing common COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, is hereby ordered to stay home until such time that:

  • he or she has had no fever for at least 72 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers; and
  • his or her other symptoms have improved (for example, when the cough or shortness of breath has improved); and
  • at least 14 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.

This order does not prohibit any person from leaving his or her home to seek necessary medical or emergency care.

If any person in a household has tested positive for COVID-19, all persons in the household are hereby ordered to stay home. Members of the household may not travel to work, school, or any other community function until cleared by a medical professional. This order does not prohibit any person from leaving his or her home to seek necessary medical or emergency care.

All persons in Collin County are hereby ordered to stay home, except for travel related to essential activities. Entertainment activities are not considered essential activities.

SECTION 3. Protecting the physical health and well-being of persons at higher risk for severe illness.

Persons at higher risk for severe illness have a responsibility to take actions necessary to protect their own personal physical health and well-being and to mitigate their own risk and potential exposure to COVID-19.

Any person who believes he or she is at higher risk for severe illness and who believes he or she may be compromised from exposure to COVID-19 is hereby ordered to stay home as long as this order remains in place or until the person determines he or she is no longer at higher risk for severe illness. This order does not prohibit any person from leaving his or her home to seek necessary medical or emergency care.

COVID-19 is a new disease, and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based upon available information to date, those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • Persons aged 65 years and older
  • Persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • Persons with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • Persons who have heart disease with complications
    • Persons who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • Persons of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI]≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

SECTION 4. Protecting the financial health and well-being of Collin County citizens.

To protect the financial health and well-being of Collin County citizens, including those who are the most economically vulnerable and disadvantaged, we have a shared responsibility to take actions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as to protect and promote the ability of all persons to provide for their own financial and material needs, including food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.

All businesses and employers are hereby ordered to take actions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to increase social distancing in the normal course of business activities, and to provide for a safe and healthy work environment.

All persons are hereby ordered to take actions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to increase social distancing in the normal course of business activities. Social distancing is generally understood to mean staying at least six feet away from other people, avoiding mass gatherings, working from home if possible, canceling or postponing large meetings, and not shaking hands. Where social distancing is not possible in the normal course of business activities, extreme care should be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to, and transmittal of, germs and COVID-19.

Pursuant to Governor Greg Abbott’s March 19 Executive Order, every person in Texas shall avoid gatherings in groups of more than 10. Furthermore, persons shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. However, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for bars, restaurants, and food courts is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of his Executive Order.

All businesses, jobs, and workers are essential to the financial health and well-being of our local economy and therefore are essential to the financial health and well-being of Collin County citizens. Persons who are employed need to stay employed.  Persons who lack employment need to gain employment. Businesses that are able to remain open need to remain open.

Employers, employees, and customers have a shared responsibility to promote public health in the normal course of business activities.

SECTION 5. Prompt Filing

In accordance with Texas Government Code section 418.108(c), this order shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the County Clerk of Collin County.

SECTION 6. Term

This order shall take effect immediately from its issuance and shall continue for a period of not more than seven days unless continued or renewed by the Commissioners Court of Collin County, Texas.

Ordered this 24th day of March, 2020.

Collin County Judge Chris Hill

County Judge Issues Executive Order to Suspend Walk-In Traffic at County Buildings

Friday, March 20, 2020 (6:30 PM CST)

McKinney, Texas – Collin County Judge Chris Hill issued an executive order today suspending all unscheduled, in-person visits to county buildings for as long as the county’s disaster declaration remains in effect. The order states that Collin County government offices will remain open for scheduled in-person appointments, as well as for business by phone, by mail, and online.

In an effort to limit the potential exposure to COVID-19 for the public and county employees, several Collin County elected officials have also issued detailed guidance regarding their respective departments. Today’s order, however, will require the county to lock down its buildings, and asks that residents call for an appointment to limit the numbers of people in any one place at the same time.

“We want everyone to understand that Collin County is staying open,” Judge Hill told staff and elected officials during a conference call this afternoon. “Although we’re being creative about service delivery, we remain committed to providing the public with excellent service during this unique time.”

Individuals seeking an in-person appointment are encouraged to contact the appropriate county department directly. Department phone numbers are available on the county’s website at www.collincountytx.gov. Assistance is also available on the county’s main phone number: (972) 548-4100.

County Judge Issues Disaster Declaration for Collin County

Monday, March 16, 2020 (10:30 AM CST)

McKINNEY, TEXAS – Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced a formal disaster declaration for Collin County today, to better position and prepare the county and its communities to respond to the public health emergencies that may arise from the coronavirus outbreak.

The disaster declaration comes in the wake of similar announcements on Friday from President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

“Since the first news of the coronavirus outbreak, Collin County has been working diligently with the State of Texas and our local cities to prepare for this eventuality. We stand ready to partner with and support our communities in any way necessary,” said Judge Hill, whose statutory duties include serving as the county’s emergency management coordinator. “We all have to work together to safeguard the health of our community. This declaration ensures that we are able to access and share strategic resources and supplies as they become available.”

The mayors of Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, working in cooperation with Judge Hill, issued similar declarations today.

As of this morning, county health officials have reported eight presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Collin County.

Public Guidance for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Watch for Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Guidance for People at Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness

People at increased risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. Gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed. Those at increased risk include:

  • People age 60 and older.
  • People with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, asthma)
  • People with weakened immune systems.
  • Pregnant women.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness should consult with their healthcare provider.

Guidance for People who are Sick

  • If you have symptoms like fever, cough, or other respiratory problems, stay home and self-isolate until you have contacted a healthcare professional.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.
  • If you are ill in any way, call your doctor’s office first before going in.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical medical needs.

Guidance for Senior Living and Assisted Living Facilities

Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities serving populations at increased risk should limit interactions with the general public as much as possible. These facilities should:

  • Implement social distancing measures:
    • Reduce large gatherings (e.g., group social events) as much as possible
    • Alter schedules to reduce mixing
    • Limit exposure to the general public
    • Visits should be limited and restricted to residents’ rooms
  • Implement temperature and respiratory symptom screening of attendees, staff, and visitors.
  • Implement short-term closures as needed (e.g., if cases are identified among staff, residents or clients who live elsewhere) for cleaning and contact tracing.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily or more regularly.

Guidance for the General Public

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to visit one of these facilities, keep your visit as short as possible.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
  • Clean household surfaces with standard cleaners.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently.

Guidance for Workplaces and Businesses

Employers should take steps to enable their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Employers should:

  • Urge employees to stay home when they are sick.
  • Maximize telecommuting options for as many employees as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas (doorknobs, handrails, escalator rails, elevator panels, tabletops, countertops, phones, keyboards, etc.) frequently.

Event Considerations

Events for more than 250 people should be postponed if possible. Events of any size in which people will be in close contact should also be postponed if possible. During any gathering of people in close contact:

  • Anyone who is sick should not attend.
  • People at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness should not attend.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas often.
  • Find ways to give people more physical space.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of hand soap, disinfectants, tissues, and paper towels.

Mental Health Resources

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people throughout the community. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Accordingly, we suggest the following recommendations:

  • People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans, stay connected with their healthcare provider, and monitor for any new symptoms.
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress reactions interfere with your daily activities
  • Call the LifePath Crisis Hotline at (877) 422-5939 if you are experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19.

Other Resources

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/
  • Collin County: https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/news.aspx

 

Collin County Faith Community Coronavirus (COVID-19) Briefing

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

McKinney, Texas – County Judge Chris Hill and Collin County Health Care Services will host a Collin County Faith Community Coronavirus (COVID-19) Briefing at 9:30am on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Collin County Courthouse.

Clergy and clerics of all religions and faith traditions serving faith communities in Collin County are invited to attend the event. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

County health officials and Judge Hill will provide an update on the current coronavirus developments in our community and information about epidemiology and emergency preparedness. Time for questions will be provided following the presentation.

This briefing is not open to the general public or members of the media, but is reserved for clergy and ministry leaders of all faiths.

Three Confirmed Cases of Novel Coronavirus in Collin County

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

McKinney, Texas – Collin County Health Care Services (CCHCS) has confirmed three cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within Collin County. The updated number includes the original case of a Frisco man reported on Monday, as well as his wife and a three-year-old child, one of the family’s four children.

Health officials tested all six members of the family and a close family contact on Monday afternoon, hours after the father reported he had tested “presumptive positive” for the virus. All seven individuals are in stable condition and in self-quarantine in their own homes. One school-age child had an inconclusive test and is being re-tested. All other individuals tested negative.

The father, believed to have been exposed to the virus during a business trip to California in late February, did not show any symptoms while flying home, and officials said he did not pose a risk to others who were on the same plane. Likewise, health officials confirmed that both of the family’s school-age children did not have symptoms and were not contagious at any time while they attended school.

County epidemiology staff are closely monitoring the cases, working to identify additional individuals who had contact with the confirmed cases while the individuals were symptomatic. Those identified as having close contact to the cases will be contacted by health officials.

The immediate risk of transmission in Collin County remains low.

Like most Texas counties, Collin County does not have an onsite laboratory to test for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019), but two commercial laboratories have announced their capability to perform COVID-19 testing. Quest Diagnostics began testing March 9, and LabCorp began testing March 5. People seeking testing should contact their doctor for testing referrals.

On a personal note this morning, I ask you to pray for this family in our community, for their quick recovery and return to full health, and for the health and safety of the family members who do not have Coronavirus.

Collin resident tests “presumptive positive” for Novel Coronavirus

Monday, March 9, 2020

McKinney, Texas – Collin County health officials have identified a presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19. A Frisco man in his 30’s who recently traveled to California is stable, in isolation in his home, and is being monitored by county health care staff.

Collin County Health Care Services (CCHCS) will await further testing to confirm the initial results, since the patient’s symptoms have not required hospitalization.

CCHCS is also monitoring the man’s family, setting up any needed tests, and working to identify any contacts who may have been exposed while he was infectious. Anyone found to have had close contact to the patient will be contacted directly by county health care staff.

The immediate risk of transmission in Collin County remains low, according to health officials.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness for COVID-19 cases. Symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash 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.
  • 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 dirty.
  • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

For questions, please call Collin County Health Services during business hours at 972-548-4707. After business hours please call Sheriff’s dispatch at 972-547-5350.

For more information on COVID 19, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Collin County Statement on Coronavirus

Friday, February 28, 2020

McKinney, Texas – While there are currently no known cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Collin County, the county’s Health Care Services department continues to monitor the outbreak closely, and is working daily with state and national health authorities on the best ways to contain the spread of the virus.

Expert advice and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are being followed and passed on to local health care providers, hospitals, and school districts. The county’s health department has activated all public health staff and the Collin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to assist in the response. The Epidemiology and Public Health Emergency Preparedness departments are on call 24/7 and are working around the clock to keep residents of Collin County safe.

Healthcare staff are actively monitoring individuals identified by state authorities or local health care providers who have recently returned from (or been in contact with someone who visited) the affected geographical areas. These individuals are required to remain in home isolation for 14 days and report their temperature to public health officials daily. Individuals who become symptomatic during isolation are tested for Influenza A and B and, if appropriate, COVID-19. As of this morning, county officials are currently monitoring 49 individuals.

County health officials urge residents to follow advice and guidelines from the CDC and DSHS websites, including information for travelers, businesses, and healthcare providers about how the virus spreads, its symptoms, and how to protect yourself.

Although there is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 nor any medications approved to treat the virus, the immediate risk of COVID-19 to the American public is believed to be low at this time. Health officials urge the community as a whole to practice illness prevention. This means staying home when you feel sick, washing your hands often and effectively, covering a cough or sneeze with your elbow, and seeking healthcare when it is medically necessary.

Collin County officials will continue monitoring and preparing for COVID-19, and we ask that you do your part to keep our community healthy.

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