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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:
- “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.
- 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.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- 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:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
- 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.”
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as this is the most common means by which viruses are introduced into the body.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
- 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.
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.
WILL MANVEL GET CORONAVIRUS TESTING KITS?
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.
HOW IS THE MANVEL ORDER STRUCTURED? HOW LONG IS IT IN PLACE?
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.
CAN THE MANVEL ORDER BE CHANGED?
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.
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?
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.
HOW DOES THE MANVEL ORDER AFFECT MY HOUSEHOLD OR BUILDING UTILITIES?
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.
WILL MANVEL REQUIRE BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS TO CLOSE?
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 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 DOES THE MANVEL ORDER NOT ENCOURAGE?
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 ITEMS ARE PROTECTED IN THE MANVEL ORDER?
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.
WHAT DOES PRICE GOUGING MEAN?
City Announcements and Updates
City Declaration of Disaster - View Here
Ord 2020-O-11 Extending Emergency Measures - View Here
What do the City and State COVID-19 Disaster Order Mean? View Response Here
National information and basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
- Brazoria County COVID-19 Testing Facilities
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Brazoria County Health Department
- Harris County Public Health
- Fort Bend County Health and Human Services
- Proper Handwashing Video
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Spotting and Reporting Price Gouging
Brazoria County Stay Safe at Home Info
Brazoria County Stay Safe at Home Order Extended
Post Date:03/31/2020 5:49 PM
With the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Brazoria County, and following in-line with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Extension, Judge Matt Sebesta is extending the Stay Safe at Home Order through April 30, 2020.
- Initial Brazoria County Stay Safe at Home Order-View
- Brazoria County Non Essential Business List-View
- Brazoria County Stay Safe Guidelines-View
- Brazoria County Video update 3/25-View
Gov Abbott’s Executive Order
|Gov Abbott’s Executive Order
||Texas Governor Greg Abbott Disaster Declaration Proclamation 4/12/2020 Click here to view