Update: March 10
State health department announces next group to get the COVID-19 vaccine
Texans age 50 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, March 15, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced today.
Texas has prioritized health care workers, nursing home residents, those 65 and older and people with certain medical conditions for the vaccine in categories 1A and 1B. School and child care personnel recently were also determined to be eligible, following a federal directive to vaccinate teachers.
According to the TDSHS, more than 90 percent of COVID deaths in Texas have been among people age 50 and older, with 20 percent of death between the ages of 50 and 64. Officials say by expanding the vaccination eligibility they believe hospitalizations will continue to be reduced.
Update: March 2
Governor rescinds mask mandate, reopens businesses to 100 percent
Gov. Greg Abbott in a press conference this afternoon announced that he will be rescinding most of his COVID-19-related statewide mandates next week. This will include expanding capacities at all Texas businesses to 100 percent and allowing his statewide mask order to expire, on Wednesday, March 10.
The governor cited positive trends in active cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations — as well as the ramp-up in vaccine distribution to as many as 1 million shots administered per week — as the basis for his decision.
While the statewide mandates are set to expire, Gov. Abbott urged Texans to continue taking precautions to keep themselves and others safe.
His latest order also allows for county-level restrictions. Specifically, if a Trauma Service Area sees COVID-19-related hospitalizations above 15 percent for seven consecutive days, county judges will have the ability to issue limited orders of their own to fight back against the spike.
Update: Feb. 23
County Judge extends mask mandate until May 25, hospitalization decline results in new guidelines
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley extended the county’s mask mandate until at least May 25 when the Tarrant County Commissioners Court met Feb. 23. Commissioners also voted unanimously to extend the declaration of disaster until the same date, which allows Whitley to put the mask in place. The judge has the power to rescind the order at any time.
The declaration of disaster was first enacted on March 13, 2020. The judge's mask order supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s July 2 order, which requires people in counties with 20 or more confirmed COVID-19 cases to wear a face mask in buildings and businesses open to the public and outdoors where maintaining six-feet distance isn't possible.
The county has seen a drop in coronavirus hospitalizations during February, which the judge has maintained is a figure he watches closely. That number drop below the 15 percent threshold for seven consecutive days last week during last's winter storm. This was the first time that number dropped below 15 percent for a one-week period since early December.
As such, the North Texas region is no longer consider a “high hospitalization” area as defined by Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order 32. These are the guidelines now defined in that order:
• Restaurants, retailers, office buildings, gyms, museums, libraries, and manufacturing facilities may return to 75 percent indoor capacity.
• Tarrant County bars may reopen at 50 percent capacity.
• Elective surgeries at licensed hospitals may resume.
For more details on COVID-19 in Tarrant County, visit coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com.
Update: Jan. 28
Catholic Charities helping seniors get to vaccine appointments
Need a ride? If you're a Tarrant County senior and you've got an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccine, Catholic Charities can help get you to the vaccine site. The service is offered Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 817-336-8714 to see if you qualify. Please remember that you must have an appointment to receive the vaccine. The Tarrant County Public Health vaccine registration site is www.tarrantcounty.com/covidshot.
Update: Jan. 11
Johnson County residents can register with Tarrant County Public Health for COVID-19 vaccine
Mansfield residents living in Johnson County who qualify for the COVID-19 under the Phase 1A and 1B distribution plan may register with Tarrant County Public Health to receive the vaccine at Tarrant County sites. Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley agreed to the plan and issued an announcement late Friday. If you are a Mansfield resident in Johnson County, visit the TCPH Vaccine Clinic App site and follow the step-by-step instructions for registering to receive the vaccine. Residents must sign-up to determine eligibility prior to receiving instructions and appointment information. For more information, call the TCPH Coronavirus hotline at 817-248-6299.
Update: Dec. 29
Information on COVID-19 vaccine provided online by Tarrant County Public Health
Tarrant County Public Health has launched an online resource for residents interested in COVID-19 vaccine information. The TCPH Vaccine Clinic App provides step-by-step instructions for registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents must sign-up to determine eligibility prior to receiving instructions and appointment information. For more information, call the TCPH Coronavirus hotline at 817-248-6299.
Update: Dec. 22
Tarrant County Public Health site provides COVID-19 testing information
A list of community testing sites is available online from Tarrant County Public Health where residents can screen symptoms and schedule testing. The site also provides a list of testing sites across the state.
Visit the COVID-19 Testing in Tarrant County page and follow the self-screening instructions prior to scheduling an appointment at a testing site. Public health officials suggest scheduling an appointment before visiting a site. Testing is free, but if you have insurance please bring your card with you to the testing site. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
City of Mansfield Health and Safety Policy
Update: Nov. 23
Governor, DSHS announce COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) today announced the guiding principles for the state's COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which will serve as a foundation for the initial distribution of the vaccines expected as early as next month.
The guidelines were established by the Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel, created by DSHS to make recommendations on vaccine allocation decisions including identifying groups that should be vaccinated first to provide the most protest to vulnerable populations and protect critical state resources.
"These guiding principles established by the panel will ensure that the State of Texas swiftly distributes the COVID-19 vaccine to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Gov. Abbot. "This process will help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, protect the most vulnerable Texas and safeguard critical state resources."
Government Orders & Declarations
- Resolution Continuing Ninth Amended Declaration 7-6-20
- Executed Ninth Amended Declaration 7-2-20
- Resolution Continuing Eighth Amended Declaration 6-8-20
- Executed Eighth Amended Declaration 6-4-20
- Resolution Continuing Seventh Amended Declaration 5-26-20
- Executed Seventh Amended Declaration 5-20-20
- Resolution Continuing Sixth Amended Declaration 5-12-20
- Executed Sixth Amended Declaration 5-8-20
- Executed Fifth Amended Declaration 5-1-20
- Modified Fourth Amended Declaration 4-13-20
- Mayor David Cook Statement Regarding Mansfield Golf Courses
- Executed Fourth Amended Declaration 4-7-20
- Executed Third Amended Declaration 3-31-20
- Executed Second Amended Declaration 3-24-20
- Mayor Cook - First Amended Public Health Emergency Declaration 3-20-20
- Official Emergency Declaration 3-18-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 3-2-21
- Tarrant County Executive Order 11-24-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 8-25-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 6-25-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 4-21-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 4-3-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 3-24-20
- Tarrant County Executive Order 3-22-20
Proclamation Amending GA-28 (7-2-20): Related to limitations on mass gatherings.
Executive Order GA-28 (6-26-20): Related to limitations of certain businesses and services.
Executive Order GA-24 (5-21-20): Related to termination of air travel restrictions.
Executive Order GA-23 (5-7-20): Related to the expanded reopening of Texas.
Governor Abbott Open Texas Report: Related to the guidelines for employers and customers during re-opening of Texas economy.
Executive Order GA-18 (4-27-20): Related to the expanded reopening of services.
Executive Order GA-17 (04/17/20): Relating to the establishment of the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas.
Executive Order GA-16 (04/17/20): Relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
Executive Order GA-15 (04/17/20): Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.
Governor’s Disaster Declaration Extension 4-12-20: Governor Greg Abbott extends the state’s disaster declaration to May 13.
Texas Attorney General Guidance for Houses of Worship (04/01/2020): Clarifying direction given for in-person religious and worship services under Executive Order GA-14.
Executive Order GA-14 (03/31/2020): Renews and expands the previous directive enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants, to minimize social gatherings, and to minimize contact with people who are not in the same household.
Executive Order GA-13 (03/29/2020): Relating to detention in county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster
Executive Order GA-12 (03/29/2020): Mandating a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana. Does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
Executive Order GA-11 (03/26/2020): Mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-Stae Area of New York/New Jersey/ Connecticut, or from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Executive Order GA-10 (03/24/2020): Requiring hospitals to submit daily reports on hospital bed capacity to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and for all public and private entities using FDA-approved COVID-19 tests to submit daily reports of all results to the local health department and DSHS.
Texas Attorney General Opinion on Firearms Sales (03/24/2020): Stating that local emergency orders cannot restrict the sale or transfer of firearms.
Executive Order GA-09 (03/22/2020): Expanding hospital bed capacity by directing licensed health care professionals to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary.
Texas Supreme Court Emergency Order #4 (03/20/2020): Suspending residential eviction proceedings
Governor’s Executive Order GA-08 (3/19/2020): Restrictions on public gatherings, restaurants, nursing homes, schools
Governor Abbott releases a video on the importance of social distancing
211 Texas activated
The State of Texas has activated the statewide 211 network to provide COVID-19 information 24/7 to residents. 211 specialists from across the state are available to answer the most frequently asked, non-medical questions on the coronavirus based on material provided by the CDC and the DSHS. Any questions the 211 specialists cannot answer will be referred to the information lines of the state health department and local public health officials, in Mansfield’s case the Tarrant County Health Department.