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Based on the recommendation of the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Department, Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt declared a local state of disaster for a public health emergency for Coppell on Friday, March 13, 2020. On March 16, 2020, based on recommendations from DCHHS, Hunt issued an amendment to the order. The amended state of disaster will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16 and will continue until 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, unless otherwise specified.
"While the virus has begun to hit close to home, Coppell continues to be prepared and is taking all necessary measures to react if and when warranted," said Hunt. "Dallas County has imposed additional precautionary measures in hopes to slow the spread of the virus and protect the ability of our healthcare system to handle any influx of patients. Our goal is the continued safety of our citizens and community."
It is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients. To slow the spread of the virus and to protect the most vulnerable members of the Coppell community, the amended state of disaster order prohibits community gatherings of 50 persons or more anywhere in the city of Coppell beginning at 11:59 p.m. on March 16 and continuing through 11 a.m. on March 20.
For all other gatherings, Dallas County and the City of Coppell strongly recommend following social distancing protocols, including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 50 persons. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that high-risk individuals [as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] not attend events that are likely to have more than 10 people.
To comply with this order and the recommendations, the City of Coppell is taking the following steps. All closures are subject to change as circumstances warrant.
New Closures and Impacts (in effect 11: 59 p.m. on March 16, 2020 – 11 a.m. on March 20):
Existing Impacts (in effect 11 a.m. on March 13, 2020 – 11 a.m. on March 20):
"While this is a serious situation, I continue to urge the community to remain calm," added Hunt. "The declaration and amendment of local state of disaster allows the City access to necessary state and federal resources, including financial resources. Continue to take simple, precautionary measures that will help keep you and our community safe: wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are feeling sick. Our emergency service teams are prepared to respond, and we have plans in place to ensure that the city continues to operate through the pandemic."
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and updates will be made as new information becomes available. The City of Coppell is working closely with community partners, including Coppell ISD, to keep the community informed. Visit coppelltx.gov for the latest information about closures and community impacts.
For more information about COVID-19, precautionary actions you can take or what to do if you fall ill, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.