Public Health Emergency: Disaster Declared
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March 12, 2020
President Trump, Governor Abbott, Judge George and Mayor Boudreaux have all signed declarations of disaster regarding the Public Health Emergency: COVID-19.
What is a Public Health Emergency Declaration?
A Public Health Emergency Declaration allows the City of Simonton to prepare by expanding operations, in the event that it’s necessary, and do a broader assessment of the City’s capacity to respond in the event that there is an outbreak.
An emergency declaration can help a government get reimbursed for the money it spent on preparedness from the state and federal government. They are usually adopted in cases of natural disasters, such as: wild fires, hurricanes, earthquakes or other major weather events. There are no presumptive cases at this time, but the City is being proactive in taking precautionary measures to protect its citizens and staff.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the City doing?
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the City of Simonton remains in daily contact with county and state health authorities.
Our staff are taking appropriate precautionary measures. We are pleased to announce a new emergency response program to serve our most needed populations. ‘Simonton Assist’: A request matching platform for homesite drop off of essential pharmacy, grocery and sanitization supplies for single parent households, 60+ year old and high risk residents. The City of Simonton is committed to flattening the curve and keeping our residents as risk free and healthy as possible.
The less exposure to the Covid-19 the better we as a city do to containing this virus.
This is a volunteer based program facilitated by the City so all payment for products must be arranged via the city coordinator prior to services rendered. Requests can be made at email@example.com. Requests must include: Name, address & contact information, payment info for items(cash or check preferred), list of essential items and delivery instructions. A ‘Simonton Assist’ coordinator will contact you upon receiving your request to set up delivery.
Delivery hours will be between 8am and 7pm and services provided are for ESSENTIAL items and specified populations only.
What is the County’s role?
The County health department is responsible for case investigation, follow-up with persons under monitoring, reporting to the state and control orders.
What should I know about COVID-19?
The virus can be spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact and touching your face after touching a surface with the virus on it. Symptoms include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing and severe illness, flu-like symptoms. For more information click the CDC box on the top of the page.
Is a face mask needed?
Follow CDC guidance. A face mask is not needed if you are well. People should use face masks if they show symptoms to prevent spread of illness to others. Healthcare workers and persons taking care of those who are ill in close settings should wear them.
Is a vaccine available?
Not at this time.
Is there a specified treatment for this disease?
While there is no specific treatment available for COVID-19, physicians treat symptoms. Supportive care can be provided for severe cases. Please contact your local health care provider for more information.
Can I get tested for COVID-19?
Specimens would be collected by your healthcare provider if it is determined testing is needed. The testing of the specimen(s) then occurs at the CDC lab or at the State lab. Please contact your local health care provider. Local testing facilities are beginning to open up regionally and will be provided to the public when announced.
What should I use to clean surfaces?
Lysol and Bleach are best.... but you can view the EPA list here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-agai...
Should I cancel my trip?
Please refer to the CDC Coronavirus Travelers information webpage. Be aware that information changes frequently. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
What is community spread?
Community spread refers to people who have been infected with the virus in a specific geographic area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Can I call the state to ask more questions?
Yes, the Department of State Health Services established a COVID-19 Call Center and email box to receive questions from the general public. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach the DSHS COVID-19 Call Center by dialing 1-877-570-9779. Their hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Where can businesses receive guidance in preventive health, sanitizing, etc?
The Department of State Health Services website provides guidance for businesses.
How do I know the information I’m receiving is accurate?
Be smart. Make sure you confirm news you hear about COVID-19 by checking one of the official websites shown in the boxes above on this page.
2018.12.06 Emergency Operations Monitoring Upcoming Weather
DECEMBER 6, 2018 BY SIMONTON STAFF
The City of Simonton and the Simonton Emergency Operations Committee are closely monitoring the weather along with Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. Please be aware and stay informed. For more information, please click any of the links below:
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