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​Galveston County Health District 's Information: COVID-19

Please follow this link to view the latest Galveston County Health District News, including daily updates and videos from the district.

Additional Resources


Report Any COVID-19 Related Business Violations
Dickinson Economic Development Corporation's Disaster Assistance Page
Governor Abbott's Executive Order
Ellis County, Texas' Coronavirus page
Governor's Report to Open Texas - 04/27/2020
Executive Order GA-18 - Reopening Services - 04/27/2020
Executive Order GA-26 Amended - June 23, 2020
Texas Secretary of State's Health Protocols for Voters
Executive Order GA-28 - June 26, 2020
Executive Order GA-28 Amendment - July 2, 2020
Executive Order GA-29 Face Covering - July 2, 2020
Businesses Minimum Standard Health Protocols
Executive Order GA-30 - Continued Response to COVID 09/17/2020
Executive Order GA-31 - Relating to Hospital Capacity 09/17/2020

Coronavirus Testing Information

TDEM Texas COVID-19 Testing Site Map
Galveston County Health District COVID-19 Test Info
Texas DSHS COVID-19 Testing Information
UTMB / GalCo Free COVID-19 Testing for Residents

COVID-19 Info & Resources for Businesses


Executive Order GA-29 Face Mask Required Door Sign
CDC COVID-19 Info for Businesses & Workplaces
Guidance on Preparing the Workplace for COVID-19
WHO: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
Hand Washing & Glove Use for Food Workers
COVID-19 Worker Safety & Support
NEW:Galveston County COVID-19 Business Task Force

March 19, 2020 Statewide Executive Order Affecting Dickinson



On March 19, 2020  Governor Greg Abbott made an Executive Order that will affect numerous businesses and institutions across Texas.

The City of Dickinson is in step with Governor Greg Abbott’s order and will be asking all bars, restaurants, gyms and business affected by the order to stay in compliance. The City of Dickinson also asks for all citizens to limit their social interaction and not to gather publicly in groups of more than 10 people.

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott: 

 

  • Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, 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.
  • Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

 

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

 

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-19. 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.


Additional Information Regarding COVID-19



City of Dickinson Emergency Management continues to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) and encourages all citizens and businesses to take precautions to stop the spread of this disease. Below are links to CDC webpages that have Coronavirus guidance for families and businesses and instructions for proper disinfecting.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communitie

s

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

CDC Preparing Communities on the Possible Spread of COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/preparing-communities.html

SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

World Health Organization: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=359a81e7_6

Handwashing & Glove Use for Food Workers

https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1334.pdf

CDC Steps to Prevent Illness

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

For Businesses that Handle Money

  • You should wash your hands regularly, including any time after handling money, especially if you’re eating or touching food.
  • COVID-19 doesn’t spread by penetrating the skin on your hands
  • Getting coronavirus, or other respiratory viruses like influenza, on your hands only leads to infection when it is transferred from your hand to places like your mouth, nose or eyes
  • Additionally, if you stick to contactless payments but don’t wash your hands after touching your phone, credit card or a payment terminal, you are still susceptible to potential infection
  • Given this, the best measure you can take to prevent the spread of germs is hand-washing. If your job requires that you handle money (or any other potentially contaminated surface), it’s important to be diligent about washing your hands and not touching your face
  • If you want to wear disposable gloves, it’s still a good idea to change them and wash your hands between touching money and preparing food or doing anything else. Otherwise you’re just spreading germs with your gloves instead of your hands.
  • You should also wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (Using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is recommended if you can’t wash your hands.)
  • The CDC suggests that you also clean and disinfect anything else that you tend to touch a lot using a regular cleaning spray or wipe.

Best Practices for Locations Accepting Cash or Other Payments

  • Move the credit card machines out to the ledge or area where the customer can run the card themselves. This limits staff exposure of the card or machine.
  • Remind staff to wash their hands at minimum of once an hour. If handling cash or payments, wash hands thoroughly after each time of handling any money or payments. If you utilize gloves, when done dispose of the gloves in a single trash container and wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Keep your area clean, wiped down and disinfected. Your area should be wiped down and disinfected at minimum once a day. If a customer or staff appears ill this should be done upon their exit of your building or area.
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