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 July 30, 2020 Note: The fatality increase observed this week is due to a change in the data from DSHS, not from new fatalities.

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Bastrop County

COVID-19 Hotline

Information regarding COVID-19

for Bastrop County citizens.

Call 512-303-4300

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Ascension Medical COVID-19 Hotline

Symptoms and if you think you have COVID-19

for Bastrop County citizens.

Call 833-978-0649

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For Emergencies

Call 9-1-1

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Food Assistance for Seniors

Age 65 or older needing assistance getting food.

Provide your name, address and phone number.

Call 512-303-4300

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Bluebonnet Trails 24/7 Crisis Hotline

If you or a loved one may be experiencing a mental crisis,

please call the 24-hour crisis hotline.

Call 1-800-841-1255

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to answer information hotline

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Bastrop County Emergency Medical Professional

  

ABOUT COVID-19

The novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, through contact or from droplets spread through the air. That is why CDC says to wash hands often, sanitize your frequently touched items, and stay 6-feet away from other people (social distancing)

Bastrop County Local Governments are working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against COVID-19. Please do your part and stay home as much as possible.

PREVENTION

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus by staying home. The rest of the precautions are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Wear a face covering in public when social distancing cannot be maintained.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.


**Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • 1.1.1         Where can I get information or ask questions?

    See Bastrop County Coronavirus Information page

    https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus

    1.1.2         THE DASHBOARD

    The “dashboard,” with current counts, is also on this page. To see more information, the map, and demographics, please click on the link directly underneath the dashboard.

    Please note on the map that the large red dot between Bastrop and Elgin represents the number of positive cases in the unincorporated portions of Bastrop County, NOT the location of those cases. Dots are also shown in the cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville, reflecting confirmed cases inside those cities. Confirmed cases by zip code have now been added to the Dashboard.

    Information is received by the Health Authority from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and sent to be updated on the dashboard. Due to HIPAA laws, the people who post the information do not know any more information.

    Any changes to information on the dashboard is at the request of the Health Authority.

    1.1.2B  TRENDS IN TEXAS AND INDIVIDUAL COUNTIES

    See the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) DASHBOARD. 

    1.1.2C  HOSPITALIZATIONS, ICU ADMISSIONS AND VENTILATOR USE

    The State is broken up into 22 Trauma Service Areas (TSA), labeled A through V, and is overseen by the DSHS. Our Central Texas area is TSA O, and includes 11 counties:  San Saba, Llano, Burnet, Blanco, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Fayette. The TSA hospital bed, ICU bed, and ventilator availability can be found in the DSHS dashboard.

    1.1.3   BASTROP COUNTY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COVID-19 HOTLINE

    Call 512-303-4300. The hotline is staffed by volunteers to answer general questions and is open Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline is closed on weekends but your call will be returned if you leave a message. For medical questions or if you have symptoms, see Section 1.5 WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

    1.1.4 WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?

    The answers compiled in Frequently Asked Questions is from various sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The White House, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Texas Supreme Court, the Office of Governor Abbott, Bastrop County Health Authority, Bastrop County, the Office of Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, the City of Bastrop, the City of Elgin, the City of Smithville, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, Elgin Chamber of Commerce, Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, , Bastrop ISD, Elgin ISD, McDade ISD, and Smithville ISD. 

    This information changes rapidly in response to decisions made by the above entities.

    All information is meant to help Bastrop County citizens have a better understanding of COVID-19, precautions to take for health and safety, and how related regulations affect them. 

    1.2         How can I help?

    1.2.1  TO STAFF THE PHONES for the Bastrop County COVID-19 HOTLINE:

    Direct Link:  https://www.bcltrt.org/volunteer-form

    1.2.2   FOR THOSE WITH MEDICAL SKILLS:

    Direct Link:  https://bastropcountyconnects.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=509270

    Or go to www.bastropcares.org.

    • In right column, click on “Click Here To Get Connected!” button
    • Click on “VOLUNTEER NOW” button.
    • Click on “Bastrop County Emergency Medical Professional Volunteer Registration - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)” and sign up.

    1.2.3   FOR THOSE WANTING TO HELP DRIVE FOOD TO SENIORS AROUND THE COUNTY:

    Direct Link:  https://bastropcountyconnects.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=510731

    Or go to www.bastropcares.org.

    • In right column, click on “Click Here To Get Connected!” button
    • Click on “VOLUNTEER NOW” button.
    • Click on:“Bastrop County Senior Home Delivery - CORONAVIRUS COVID-19” and sign up.

    1.3         What is COVID-19?

    About COVID-19

    https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus

    ·      To learn more, go online to:                 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

     1.4         WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

    The COVID-19 coronavirus is formally known as SARS-CoV-2.

    Coronavirus patients can experience a diversity of issues – from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Patients may be most infectious in the days before they began showing symptoms, studies show.

    Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the list of possible symptoms to include the following:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills, repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

    For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

    1.5  WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

    1.5.1   I THINK I HAVE COVID-19, BUT I HAVEN’T SEEN A DOCTOR. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    Stay home when you are sick or think you are sick.
    Do not go to the store or out in public. 
    Try to isolate yourself from your family members.
    *If this is an emergency, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, or other severe symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately. If possible, notify the operator that you think you have COVID-19 and put on a face covering before medical help arrives. 
    Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit.
    If you have symptoms but no doctor,

      Call the Ascension Medical Hotline at 1-833-978-0649.  If you have symptoms that place you in the medium to high risk category, they will try to return your call within the hour. If you are a low risk caller, they will return your call within 24 hours. 

    Sign up online for free COVID-19 testing here or call 512-972-5560. Bastrop County is now part of the Austin Public Health portal for registration of local testing. You will need to create a free account. For full details, see Section 4.1 IS THERE A TESTING SITE IN BASTROP COUNTY? 

    If you do not have insurance or a doctor, you can call one of two places for free care:
    CommUnityCare COVID-19 Hotline at 512-978-8775 for guidance from a medical professional. Hotline is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    Smithville Community Clinic at 512-237-2772 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. You will need to go to Smithville to sign forms before a medical professional will call you. Spanish speaking call 512-593-1697. 

    For fast 1-hour test results (Rapid Test), call Physicians Premiere ER at 512-321-0911 to set an appointment time. There is a cost to this test, but they do take insurance. Please wait at least 4 days from exposure before seeking test. Patients with symptoms will be prioritized over those without.

    1.5.2     MY DOCTOR TOLD ME HE THINKS I HAVE COVID-19, BUT I HAVEN’T GOTTEN A TEST. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    • Go to your residence and stay there. You are now under mandated self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days or until a medical doctor releases you.
    • Everyone who lives in your household is also under a mandatory minimum 14-day self-isolation period as well.
    • You and other members in your household are forbidden to go to work, school, daycare, social or religious gatherings, shopping or any other community function, until released by a Medical Doctor.

    1.6         What are Best Practices to avoid COVID-19?

    The best way to protect yourself and your family is to take the following preventive actions to avoid exposure:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Wear a face covering when out in public.

    1.7         How can I reach the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management?

    For more information and official updates:

    ·        Website

    https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus

    ·        Facebook

    o  Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management

    ·        Twitter

    o   @BastropCntyOEM

    1.8         HOW DO I FIND OUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SICK?

    See Section 1.1   Bastrop County Coronavirus page and Dashboard.

     

     

     

     

  • 2.1         WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?

    Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding gathering in groups larger than 10, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

    2.1.1 WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING?

    • Staying home, unless for work or essential errands such as grocery shopping, is also a way to practice social distancing.
    • Using curbside services for groceries, and limiting the number of times and hours you go out in public are other examples of social distancing.
    • Do not get into a vehicle with someone who is not from your household, nor allow any non-household member into your vehicle. Inside a vehicle is a small, enclosed space, and there isn’t enough room for social distancing.
    • Do not ride on the same golf cart unless it’s with a member of your household.

    With the reopening of businesses and activities, we want to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

    2.1.2   I’M OVER AGE 65, AND I’M CONCERNED ABOUT GOING OUT IN PUBLIC. WHAT DO I DO?

    The Governor has released Special Guidance for Texas Over 65. People 65 years or older, especially people 65 years or older with medical issues like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for getting very sick or dying from COVID-19. Every Texan is part of the solution. Strictly adhere to all CDC guidelines, as well as all recommendations in “Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas,” April 27, 2020.

    • Stay home if you can.
    • Minimize face-to-face contact with others.
    • Avoid young children.
    • If someone is assisting you, you and your family members or caretaker should wear cloth face masks. Remember a family member or caretaker can give you the virus even if they don’t appear to have symptoms.
    • Try grocery or restaurant delivery, mail order prescriptions, and phone appointments with your doctor. Call the Bastrop County Local Governments hotline at 512-303-4300 if you need help with essentials.
    • If you must go out, wear a cloth face mask, and stay six feet away from others.
    • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
    • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils with others.
    • If you have mild symptoms (difficulty breathing, or a rapidly worsening cough or fever), call your healthcare provider. If symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1.
    • Check in regularly with neighbors, friends, and family by calling, texting, emailing, video chatting, or even writing letters.
    • Walking, gardening, digital books, games, and online religious services are great ways to stay active and connected.

    Please read the SPECIAL GUIDANCE FOR TEXANS OVER 65  

    2.2 SHOULD I WEAR A MASK? 

    Yes, Governor Abbott has announced a statewide face covering requirement for any county with more than 20 active cases. Bastrop County and all the surrounding counties meet that threshold.
    STATEWIDE: See Executive Order GA-29 here.
    Everyone, barring exceptions, must wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when in Bastrop County in the general public, in businesses, and in outdoor spaces when you can’t maintain social distancing measures, following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order GA 29, which remains effective until rescinded.

    Please note that a face covering is not a replacement for at least six feet of social distancing; it is an added safety measure when in public spaces or businesses, such as in grocery, convenience and retail stores, OR whenever you cannot guarantee social distancing outdoors. It is always best to have face covering with you just in case.

    BASTROP COUNTY:  County of Bastrop requires a face covering over nose and mouth in county facilities.
    CITY OF BASTROP: 

    All people, age 10 and older, must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in all businesses and premises in the Bastrop city limits. Exceptions include while exercising outside or engaging in physical activities outside, while driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household, when it would hinder the performance of a service or procedure, while in a building conducting an activity that requires security surveillance or screening, when consuming food or drink, and when the person is unable to remove the face covering without assistance. Emergency Order of the Mayor E.O. #2020-7. 

    CITY OF ELGIN:  

    All persons ten years and older shall wear a face covering inside commercial entity or other buildings where difficult to keep six foot distance from others or working in close proximity, and outside with a group of people where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other persons in a group. The requirement to wear face coverings does not apply to the following situations: When exercising or engaging in physical activity; when in a building that requires security surveillance or screening, such as banks; while consuming food or drink; when doing so poses a greater mental or physical health safety or security risk; when outside with a group of only members of a single household, and when other mitigation strategy such as plexiglass provides adequate separation. See Order here


    CITY OF SMITHVILLE:  

    Inside the City of Smithville city limits, a face covering that covers mouth and nose is required for anyone age 10 and older in all commercial businesses and city facilities, and where social distancing cannot consistently be upheld both in public buildings and outside. Masks are not required during the activities of eating, drinking or exercising, or when in a building that requires security surveillance or screening such as banks, or when outside with members of your household (you live at the same address). City of Smithville Ordinance #2020-587.

    2.2.1   WHILE IN MY CAR?

    No, as long as it is only you and your household members in the vehicle. However, we encourage the use of face coverings when social distancing cannot be properly maintained, such as at a drive thru or when talking to someone who is standing outside your car. 

    It is best to not mix non-household members in a vehicle since it is impossible to social distance and it is an enclosed space. If you are required to ride with non-household members, all parties should wear a face covering.

    2.2.2 WHILE EXERCISING?

    No. You do not have to wear a face covering while actively exercising, both in a building and in public spaces. However, you do need one when you stop or take a breather. It is best to have one on hand.
    If you are going to a gym, please see Section 5.6.4C.3 GYMS AND EXERCISE FACILITIES AND CLASSES.

    2.2.3   WHILE ON MY PRIVATE PROPERTY?

    No, you do not need to wear a face covering.

    2.2.4   WHAT IF I AM JOGGING OR BIKING OR WALKING WITH MY FAMILY IN A RURAL AREA?

    If you are in an area where you can easily practice social distancing, you do not need a face cover while exercising. Please note that because you have no control over the actions of others, please have a face covering on hand to use if someone else gets near you or your family. This is a health and safety measure.

    2.2.5   DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AT A DOCTOR’S OFFICE?

    Yes, Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 19 made it mandatory for patients and their physicians to wear masks at doctor’s offices in the State of Texas.

    2.2.6   WHAT TYPE OF FACE COVERING SHOULD I WEAR?

    This is not a surgical mask or an N-95 respirator, which are to be used by medical providers and first responders.
    Face coverings can be made with homemade items, please see link for more instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/

    2.2.7  HOW DO I REPORT SOMEONE NOT WEARING A MASK?
    Please do not call 9-1-1. This is NOT an emergency. 
    Do your part by wearing a “face covering”, encourage others to do so, AND stay at least 6 feet apart from others. This is a health and safety measure, not a punishment.

    2.2.8   CAN SOMEONE FINED OR JAILED FOR NON-COMPLIANCE?

    There may be fines or penalties of up to $250 after a first warning, but no one can be jailed. We ask you to wear a face covering to protect the health and lives of others.

    2.2.9     WHAT CAN I DO AS A STORE OWNER?

    2.2.9A    CAN I REFUSE SERVICE TO SOMEONE WITHOUT A FACE COVERING?

    Yes, you can refuse to serve someone who doesn’t wear a “face covering” in your business.  Governor Abbott has mandated that every person, with a few exceptions, has to wear a face covering in any county with more than 20 active cases. See section 2.2 SHOULD I WEAR A MASK (FACE COVERING)? 
    This also includes you and your employees. 

    2.2.9B    I’VE SEEN SIGNS AT OTHER STORES SAYING “FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED.” WHERE CAN I GET ONE?
    Contact the hotline at 512-303-4300 or a local Chamber of Commerce in Bastrop, Elgin or Smithville for Face Coverings Required and Face Coverings Recommended signs. The Chambers are helping all businesses – members or not – with signs, and answering questions on best practices, financial information, and more.

    2.2.9C      DO MY CUSTOMERS HAVE TO WEAR MASKS?

    Yes. See Section 2.2 SHOULD I WEAR A MASK (FACE COVERING)?

    2.3 CAN MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE GATHER IF THEY ARE IN THE SAME FAMILY?
    Yes.  However, close contact with non-household members is discouraged – in other words, people who don’t live at the same address. Gathering in crowds larger than 10 people  is also discouraged where you cannot maintain social distancing. Face coverings are also strongly recommended as a health measure.
    Per the Governor’s Report to Open Texas, following minimum health protocols in everyday life is vital in containing COVID-19 and reopening Texas. Please read the CHECKLIST FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS 

    2.4         WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOUSEHOLD AND A FAMILY?

    A household is a group of people who live in the same residence (same address). Family members may live at different addresses.

    2.5         HOW DO I KNOW IF I WAS EXPOSED?

    You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:

    • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19.
    • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19.
    • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for several minutes.
    • Being in direct contact with droplets from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).

    2.6        WHERE DO I CALL TO REPORT AN INFECTIOUS PERSON?

    There is currently no authority to report suspicion of infection to.  Practice social distancing and avoid contacts with the individual you feel may be sick. If you begin to feel ill, please call your primary physician or the Ascension hotline for screening. If you have a relationship with this person, suggest to them that they contact a medical professional.

    2.7         CAN I GET COVID-19 FROM:

    2.7.1 MY PETS?

    There is no reason at this time to think that any animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Cats can spread the disease to other cats but there have been no reports of transmission to humans.

    However, according to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals, cats and dogs, in some situations. If there is a sick person in your household, someone else should take care of the pet, and the sick person should have no contact with the pet. Treat your pet as you would any other household member – do not let the pet interact with people or animals outside your household. More information is on the CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html

    2.7.2        MOSQUITOES OR TICKS?

    To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks, according to the CDC. The main way that COVID-19 is spread is through person to person contact.

    2.7.3    FREQUENTLY TOUCHED OBJECTS?

    Studies done have been varied on how long COVID-19 stays on a surface. Guidelines are to wash your hands for 20 seconds, don’t touch your face, and sanitize frequently touched surfaces. Go beyond just wiping down your counters. Think of your car keys, your car handle, your cell phone, doorknobs, your tv’s remote control, and objects on your workstation like keyboard and mouse.

    2.8         WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE A RESURGENCE OF ILLNESS?

    2.8.1   GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S STRIKE FORCE TO OPEN TEXAS

    Governor Abbott has issued Executive Orders on reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID- 19 disaster. The Governor created the
    Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas to study and make recommendations on safely and strategically restarting and revitalizing all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture. 

    2.8.2     GOVERNOR’S RIGHT TO CLOSE REOPENED SERVICES

    The Governor has the right to close Reopened Services (See Section 5.6 WHAT ARE “ESSENTIAL SERVICES” and “RE-OPENED BUSINESSES”?) in response to factors including an increase in the transmission of COVTD-l 9 or in the amount of COVID- 19-related hospitalizations or fatalities.

    2.8.3    SURGE RESPONSE TEAMS

    Surge Response Teams will serve nursing homes, prisons, packing pants, and other facilities that experience flare ups of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment, testing supplies, onsite staffing, and assessment assistance. These teams will also work with local officials to establish health and social distancing standards to contain these flare ups. Several Surge Response Teams have already been deployed to locations across the state. These teams are led by TDEM and HHSC and include representatives from the Texas Military Department, DSHS, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and BCFS Health and Human Services.

    2.9         WHAT ARE THE CDC GUIDELINES TO PREVENT GETTING SICK? WHEN DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW THEM?

    In Governor Abbott’s “Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas,” all people must continue to follow critical health guidelines at all times, including the following:

    • Stay home if you can.
    • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, doorknobs, and other places touched often.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Continue to practice 6 foot social distancing
    • Avoid crowds
    • Limit physical contact
    • Wear a cloth face covering in public

    These guidelines are published on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/

  • 3.1         HOW MANY CONFIRMED CASES IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    See Section 1.1   Bastrop County Coronavirus page and Dashboard

    3.2         WHAT TOWN OR PART OF THE COUNTY IS THE AFFECTED PERSON FROM?

    This information is only available to healthcare professionals, First Responders, and state and national medical reporting agencies. HIPAA Laws apply.  It is posted on our Dashboard as it becomes available from the Texas Department of State Health Services. See Section 1.1   Bastrop County Coronavirus page and Dashboard. Select “more detail” for a chart showing cases by zip code.

    3.3         WHERE HAS THE COVID-19 POSITIVE PERSON BEEN LATELY?  HOW CAN I KNOW IF I’VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THEM?

    With limited resources, the Texas Department of State Health Services may investigate the recent travel habits of the affected person and notify people who have been in contact with the person sick with COVID-19.

    3.4 IS SELF-QUARANTINE REQUIRED FOR THOSE WHO TRAVELED FROM HIGH RISK AREAS?

    Not any longer. In his Executive Order GA-24 on May 21, 2020, Governor Abbott terminated all travel quarantines from out-of-state locations listed under Executive Order GA-20 effective immediately. 
    Governor Abbott also terminated self-quarantines for those persons who traveled from one of the prior locations effective immediately. So even if you are in the middle of a 14-day self-quarantine after traveling from one of the prior restricted locations, your quarantine is now over. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please see Section 1.5 WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19? 

    The CDC currently discourages all non-essential international travel. If you did travel out of the United States, the CDC recommends that you stay home, monitor your health, and practice social distancing for 14 days after you return from travel. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

    3.5  WHAT DOES “SELF-QUARANTINE” OR “SELF-ISOLATE” MEAN?
    Do not go to work or school, and avoid all public places for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
    See Section 1.5  WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

    3.6 WHAT DOES COVID-19 “TRAVEL RELATED” MEAN?

    The person most likely contracted COVID-19 through travel such as being in a high risk country, on a cruise ship, or in a high risk area in the United States.

    3.7         WHAT IS “COMMUNITY SPREAD”?

    Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

    3.8         IS IT OKAY TO DONATE BLOOD?

    YES, with precautions.

    Donated blood is a lifesaving, essential part of caring for patients, and blood centers are open and in urgent need of donations. CDC encourages people who are well to continue to donate blood if they are able, even if they are practicing social distancing because of COVID-19.

    CDC is supporting blood centers by providing recommendations that will keep donors and staff safe. Examples of these recommendations include spacing donor chairs 6 feet apart, thoroughly adhering to environmental cleaning practices, and encouraging donors to make donation appointments ahead of time.

    3.9         CAN I ATTEND A FUNERAL?

    Please contact the funeral home to find out how they are conducting services and if you can attend.  See Section 5.16 ARE CHURCHES OPEN FOR SERVICES?

    3.10     CAN I HAVE SURGERY?

    As of June 25, 2020, Governor Abbott has suspended elective surgeries at hospitals in four Texas counties. Those include nearby Travis County (Austin), Harris County (Houston), Bexar County (San Antonio), and Dallas County (Dallas.)  This suspension includes “all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician,” according to the governor’s press release.

     

     

     

  • 4.1         IS THERE A TESTING SITE IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    Yes, there is a free designated drive-thru site for taking specimens in Bastrop County. This is an open testing site and an appointment is required. IF YOU qualify, you can register to be tested locally as follows:

    Either apply online or by phone.
    ONLINE: Sign up online for free COVID-19 testing at bastropcountycovid19.org. To register online, you will need a unique email address for each person testing; one email for one person. Google and Yahoo are just two services which can provide free email addresses. Remember your email and password because you will check back for test results using the online portal. 
    BY PHONE: Make the appointment by phone at 512-972-5560, but you will need to call back for test results.
    For more information, click Frequently Asked Questions for the testing sites.  

    4.2         WHY CAN’T I JUST DRIVE UP AND GET SCREENED?

    4.2.1 SYMPTOMATIC TESTING

    The CDC has recommended that only those with symptoms, or certain other conditions that make them more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, be tested. There are not enough test kits or personnel for those without symptoms to be tested.

    This facility is closed to the general public. In order to be tested at this site, you must be recommended for testing after going through the online screening process and registering for a test at the Bastrop County test site.

    4.2.2      CAN I GET TESTED NEARBY WITHOUT AN ORDER?

    You can get tested in Bastrop County without a doctor’s referral through the online portal, if you have symptoms of COVID-19. See Section 4.1 IS THERE A TESTING SITE IN BASTROP COUNTY?  

    The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has a list of drive-thru test sites listed throughout the state, which have various criteria for testing. Some of the screening locations are in nearby Travis County. Visit https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/testing.aspx for more information.
    If you need help locating a testing site that does not require a doctor’s referral, insurance, or symptoms, call the hotline at 512-303-4300.

    4.2.3   MY DOCTOR SAID I NEEDED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID-19 BEFORE A MEDICAL PROCEDURE. CAN I GET THAT DONE AT THE BASTROP COUNTY TESTING SITE?

    The Bastrop County site currently only tests people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have certain other conditions that make you more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.  Having two or more of these symptoms or conditions may qualify you for a test. 

    4.2.4   ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES HAS COVID-19. CAN I GET ALL OF MY EMPLOYEES TESTED HERE?

    The Bastrop County site currently only tests people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have certain other conditions that make you more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.  One of those conditions is having been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19.

    4.2.5    MY EMPLOYER IS REQUIRING A TEST SO I CAN GO BACK TO WORK. CAN I GET IT HERE?

    The Bastrop County site currently only tests people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have certain other conditions that make you more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.  Having two or more of these symptoms or conditions may qualify you for a test.

    4.3        I FEEL SICK. DO I NEED TO GET TESTED NOW?

    If you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (See Section 1.4 WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?), go home or stay home. Do not go out in public unless it is for pre-arranged medical care or emergency care.

    Please call your Medical Healthcare Provider for a telephone screening and possible appointment. A Medical Healthcare Provider will determine, upon evaluation, if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a Medical Healthcare Provider please call the Ascension COVID-19 Medical Hotline at 833-978-0649.

    If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, please call 911; or call ahead to an emergency room, in order for medical personnel to prepare for your arrival.

    4.4         IS MY NEIGHBORHOOD SAFE, IF YOU ARE DOING TESTING HERE?

    Lab tests are not being done at the Bastrop County site. Nasal or throat swabs are being collected, labelled, and sent to a lab in another county for testing. The Bastrop County COVID-19 site is for specimen collection only.

    4.5         HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY TEST RESULTS?

    Labs are working as quickly as possible. Results should be ready in 3-5 days. 

    4.6         WHAT IS PREVALENCE TESTING?

    Prevalence testing is random sampling of people who do not appear to be sick. Some will be healthy, but some may harbor COVID-19 without showing symptoms, also known as “asymptomatic.” The Health Authority will be conducting random sampling on April 23-24 of people around the county with a mobile lab help determine the percentage of people who may have COVID-19 but who are not showing symptoms.

    4.7       THE GOVERNOR SAID THERE WOULD BE MORE TESTING. WHERE DO I GO TO GET TESTED?

    We will announce new testing as it becomes available in our county. Currently, the testing site in Bastrop County accepts people with symptoms of COVID-19 through referrals from healthcare providers.
    There are testing sites listed on the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) map, but please call first to find out the requirements at each location before going.  https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/testing.aspx

    4.8       SPECIAL TESTING AROUND COUNTY

    Results of special testing are made available to the extent of HIPAA laws and the Health Authority, including being added to any relevant counts. All participants tested are notified of their results via standard methods. 

    4.8.1   APRIL 23-24 RANDOM PREVALENCE TESTING AROUND COUNTY

    On April 23-24, the Health Authority conducted a limited, random sampling of people around the county with a mobile lab to help determine the percentage of people who may have COVID-19 but who are not showing symptoms. These are swab tests to see if volunteers around the County currently have COVID-19. Appointments were not taken as there were random tests. All people in the testing will be notified of their results. Results are being tabulated and a report, without any personal identifiers, will be publicized. This testing will help in decision making.

    4.8.2   MAY 5 TESTING IN ELGIN AND SMITHVILLE

    On May 5, the cities of Elgin and Smithville hosted testing sites run by the Texas Military Department. These are swab tests to see if people currently have COVID-19.  This is a collaborative initiative between the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Military Department, Emergency Medical Task Force, and the Hospital Preparedness Program Healthcare Coalitions, to test sites around the state. There is no cost for testing received at either of these sites, but people must have symptoms and register on May 4 at https://txcovidtest.org/.  First responders need to call 512-883-2400 to register. If you register early or at a later date, you would be sent to another county for testing.

    4.8.3   MAY 6 TESTING AT NURSING HOMES

    Some nursing home residents and staff members were tested in Bastrop County with the family permissions.

    4.8.4   JUNE 10 TESTING AT ALL NURSING HOMES IN BASTROP COUNTY

    The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Military Department (TMD) conducted COVID-19 testing at the following four nursing homes located in Bastrop County: Towers Nursing Home (Smithville), Silver Pines Nursing Home (Bastrop), Bastrop Nursing Center (Bastrop) and Bastrop Lost Pines (Bastrop). Testing had already been conducted earlier on Elgin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Elgin).  Approximately half tested were staff members and half tested were residents. Out of a total of 694 tests, only one staff member was positive.

     


     

     

  • 5.1         WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT’S MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION MEAN FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS?

    President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

    The President’s action makes Federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas in the State of Texas. Federal funding is also available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the State of Texas impacted by COVID-19.

    5.2         HAS THE STATE OF TEXAS DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER?

    Yes. The Texas Department of State Health Services determined that, as of March 19th, 2020, COVID-19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

    5.3         WHAT ACTION HAS GOVERNOR ABBOTT TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO THE DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER?

    5.3.1 GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S WEBSITE:

    See https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus

    5.3.2 PHASES TO REOPEN TEXAS:

     See https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas

    5.3.3 TEXANS HELPING TEXANS: GOVERNOR’S REPORT TO REOPEN TEXAS - The document expands on Phase 1 to Reopen Texas and GA 18. Please note that the checklists in the report are obsolete, but they can be found at https://open.texas.gov/.
    • Individual responsibilities
    • Special Guidance for Texans over Age 65
    • Long-term Care Mitigation Plan
    • Testing actions
    • DSHS Statewide Contract Tracing Program
    • Steps to Open Businesses
    • Minimum standard health protocols for individuals, customers, outdoor sports participants, all employers, retailers, restaurants, movie theaters,  libraries and museums, churches/places of worship. For links to checklist pdfs, see Section 5.23 WHERE CAN I FIND THE GOVERNOR’S CHECKLISTS ON REOPENING?

    5.4         WHAT ACTION HAS COUNTY JUDGE PAPE TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO THE DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    See https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus

    5.5         DOES THIS MEAN ALL BUSINESSES IN BASTROP COUNTY MUST SHUT DOWN?

    None of these official Orders close all businesses. The Governor's order allows businesses considered Essential Services to remain open, so long as precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  The County Judge’s Order requires all businesses that remain open to maintain a daily record of the health of all employees as it relates to COVID-19 symptoms.

    5.6         WHAT ARE “ESSENTIAL” BUSINESSES?

    5.6.1  Essential Services

    Essential Services are as defined in the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0.  Government and judicial services are Essential Services.  This document is available at: www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices

    5.6.2 Reopened Businesses

    For individuals, customers, businesses and organizations, the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has created easy to follow checklists for health and safety so that we can continue to flatten the curve on COVID-19.  Before going out, please click on the relevant links at Section 5.23  WHERE CAN I FIND THE GOVERNOR’S CHECKLIST ON REOPENING – THE MINIMUM STANDARD HEALTH PROTOCOLS?

    5.6.2A   I AM AN EMPLOYEE OF A RETAIL BUSINESS RE-OPENING. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO KEEP MYSELF AND OUR CUSTOMERS SAFE?

    • All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
    • All employees must be screened before coming into the business for new or worsening cough; shortness of breath; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit; or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Anyemployee who meets any of these criteria should be sent home.
    • Upon entering the business, employees must wash or sanitize hands.
    • All employees must wear face coverings.
    • Employees must maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another.
    • Employees must wash or sanitize their hands after each interaction with a customer, and whenever possible, must disinfect any item that came into contact with the customer.

    Information from Texas Department of State Health Services.

    CHECKLIST FOR RETAILERS 

    5.6.2B   I AM A CUSTOMER. HOW DO I PURCHASE AND OBTAIN GOODS FROM A RETAIL STORE THAT HAS JUST RE-OPENED?

    All retail stores may open at 50% capacity for in-store shopping. This percent does not include staff and contractors.
    However, pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep, is still encouraged, especially for those over age 65 or at risk individuals. The customer should wash or sanitize hands before and after every transaction. 

    Before going, please read CHECKLIST FOR RETAIL CUSTOMERS  

    5.6.2C   HOW DO I SHOP IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN CROWDS?

    You can continue to use the options stores set in place before in-store shopping was available. Those age 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions are encouraged to shop remotely. Call the store to see if they still follow the procedures below.
    Retail to-go (curbside):
    All payments should be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available. 
    Purchased items should be delivered by the employee to the backseat or trunk of the customer’s vehicle whenever possible to minimize physical contact with the customer. 

    Retail delivery to customer’s doorstep: 
    All payments over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available. 
    Purchased items should be delivered by an employee or third-party carrier and delivered to the customer’s doorstep. The employee or third-party carrier may not enter the customer’s house or business. 

    Retail delivery by mail: 
    All payments over the phone or internet. 
    Purchased items should be delivered by mail without customer contact. 

    Home Delivery of essential goods and prescriptions
    Contact the COVID-19 INFORMATION HOTLINE at 512-303-4300 for assistance.

     

    5.6.3      CAN I OPEN AN OUTDOOR MARKET or SIDEWALK SHOPPING?

    Yes. Please be mindful of setting up to allow 6 feet of social distancing. 

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    *** The following sections are listed on this website under tab REOPENED BUSINESSES:
    Section 5.6.4   WHAT BUSINESSES HAVE REOPENED?
    Section 5.6.5   CAN I GET MARRIED NOW?  
    Section 5.6.6   WHAT BUSINESSES ARE STILL CLOSED?
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    5.7         WHAT HEALTH MEASURES DO BUSINESSES NEED TO TAKE?

    All businesses open to the public in Texas are required to follow Governor Abbott’s minimum health standard protocols.  See Section 5.23   WHERE CAN I FIND THE GOVERNOR’S CHECKLIST ON REOPENING – THE MINIMUM HEALTH PROTOCOLS?

    • Daily monitoring of the health of each employee
    • General sanitation
    • Social Distancing measures that keep customers 6 feet apart
    • Designate an employee on each shift to active monitor and enforce these protocols
    • Keep records of these actions, which must be available to the Local Health Authority upon request
    • Businesses should read “Texans Helping Texans: The Governors Report to Open Texas” and follow guidelines therein to keep their customers and employees healthy.

    5.8 WHY ARE THESE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    These restrictions on the movement of people and promotion of health measures such as social distancing and wearing face coverings are meant to strengthen and safeguard our communities by curbing the spread of the virus.  These coming weeks are critical in the fight against COVID-19.  As Texans, we must act responsibly to protect ourselves and our neighbors. 

    5.9         DOES ANY OFFICIAL ORDER REQUIRE THAT WE CLOSE ALL CITY AND COUNTY OPERATIONS?

    No. The Governor’s Order refers to Essential Services as defined in the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0.  Government and judicial services are Essential Services.  This document is available at: www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices

    In Bastrop County, governmental and court offices generally closed to public access, but continue to help people via email and phone, or in person if necessary.

    5.10 ARE RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR DINE-IN?

    Yes, with restrictions.  Please see Section 5.6.4A.2   

    Restaurants throughout Texas may still prepare food for non-dine-in business, such as drive-thru, pick-up, call-in orders, and delivery options.  These non-dine-in options are encouraged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Click on the link for open restaurants in your area:  https://www.bastropcares.org/covid-19 

    5.11       ARE BARS OPEN FOR DINE-IN?

    See Section 5.6.4D REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 22

    5.12       WILL GROCERY STORES SHUT DOWN?

    Food and food services are Essential Services.  We are told that our local grocery stores are here to serve our communities and will not be closing. Their warehouses are full, and deliveries are arriving regularly. 

    Please remember to practice social distancing and we encourage you to wear a face covering 
    When possible, send only one person from your family to purchase your weekly groceries. 
    It is imperative we remember to be kind, only take what you need, and leave some for your neighbors.  

    5.12.1       DO I NEED TO BUY BOTTLED WATER?

    Water provided by the Cities of Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville, and Aqua Water Supply meet or exceed stringent requirements from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is safe to drink. The water from your tap is safe to drink. 

    5.13 WHEN WILL THE TRANSFER STATIONS OPEN?

    Bastrop County Transfer Station, 600 Coolwater Dr., Bastrop is not yet open. Other transfer stations around the county are privately owned; we do not control their operating hours.

    5.14 ARE DAYCARES OPEN?

    Yes. All daycares are reopened. These include YMCA and Boys & Girls Club type care. See Section 5.6.4C.3 Child Care Centers. 

    5.14.1   DAYCARE FACILITY GUIDELINES

    Please follow the guidelines set forth in the checklists under Child Care Centers under Section 5.6.4C.3. 

    5.14.2   FACE COVERINGS AT DAYCARES
    After further review of the CDC’s guidance specifically addressing childcare and child daycare, Bastrop County Judge sees no recommendation for face coverings on children in these programs. Therefore, Bastrop County COVID19 Order #1A does NOT require face coverings for children in daycare or childcare.  Teachers, administrators, directors, parents and guardians of children in such programs should review the CDC details on daycares and preschools in the link below, and follow the recommendations.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html

    5.15       ARE CHURCHES OPEN FOR SERVICES?

    Yes.

    5.15.1   RIGHTS UNDER U.S. CONSTITUTION AND TEXAS CONSTITUTION

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I of the Texas Constitution protect the right of Texans to worship and freely exercise their religion according to the dictates of their own consciences. In addition, the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) provides additional protections to faith communities, and government must ensure that it complies with RFRA when it acts, even during a disaster. Thus, when state or local governments issue orders prohibiting people from providing or obtaining certain services, they must ensure that these orders do not violate these constitutional and statutory rights.

    5.15.2   ALTERNATE WAYS OF WORSHIPING REMOTELY

    Under Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 14, churches are considered Essential Services and can meet in person, though it is encouraged to hold remote services to keep your congregation healthy. Some churches are looking at alternate ways to hold services, such as on Facebook Live or with drive-up services in a parking lot using the car radio. Check with your church to see in what creative ways they are holding services to keep people safe.

    5.15.3   GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW IF IN PERSON

    If you attend a house of worship, each household must sit at least six feet apart on all sides from other households, and people must wear a face covering.

    Other guidelines to follow include:

    • Instruct sick employees, volunteers, and guests to stay home;

    • Practice social distancing by maintaining appropriate distance between people, that means no hugging non-household members;

    • Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, using your elbow to cover coughs, and not touching your face;

    • Implement environmental cleanliness and sanitation practices; and

    • Clean and disinfect work areas frequently.

    Before going, please read the CHECKLIST FOR CHURCH/WORSHIP ATTENDEES  

    Houses of worship, like providers of other essential services, are to follow additional guidance from the White House and CDC whenever possible.

    When conducting services, houses of worship may consider implementing the following practices:

    • Encourage all attendees who are 65 and above to stay home and watch the services online, or provide a “senior service” exclusively for attendees 65 and above to attend in person.

    • Ask all attendees who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch the services online.

    • Equip ushers and greeters with gloves and masks.

    • Consider keeping child care closed, unless the house of worship can comply with CDC guidelines for child care facilities.

    • Ensure all attendees sanitize their hands and put on a mask before entering the building.

    Ensure attendees sit with their family unit, use social distancing between each unit, and, if necessary, add more service times to facilitate distancing.

    • Clergy should dismiss attendees by family unit, maintaining social distancing.

    • Staff should sanitize seats and frequently touched surfaces between services.

    • Consider refraining from passing collection plates and instead provide a central collection box in the building or encourage online giving.

    • Consider how the sacraments can be administered without attendees having to touch the same surfaces and objects.

    CHECKLIST FOR CHURCHES/PLACES OF WORSHIP 

    5.15.4   THESE GUIDELINES DO NOT VIOLATE THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OF HOUSES OF WORSHIP.

    Under the extraordinary circumstances in which we temporarily live, these guidelines provide that houses of worship may remain open. The guidelines make only recommendations to houses of worship. They do not violate the religious liberty of houses of worship because the government has a compelling interest in recommending this guidance (stopping contagion) and the guidance is the least restrictive means of serving that compelling interest (allowing houses of worship to stay open for ministry, but suggesting ways that help slow the spread of COVID-19).

    5.16       WHAT DO I DO IF MY CAR REGISTRATION IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE?

    The Bastrop County Tax Office is open by drive through and in the lobby. However, customers must wear a face covering in the building. The Bastrop County Tax Office employees are still working on your behalf and are available by the following means:

    5.17       CAN I GET MY HAIR OR NAILS DONE?

    Yes, with some restrictions.  See Section 5.6.4B, 5.6.4B.3 

    Before going, please read the CHECKLIST FOR NAIL SALON CUSTOMERS

    CHECKLIST FOR NAIL SALONS / SHOPS 

    5.18       SHOULD I BE WORKING FROM HOME?

    Yes, if feasible, working from home is encouraged.  Please talk to your owner or manager.

    5.19       CAN I FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT IF I QUIT BECAUSE I’M AFRAID OF GETTING THE VIRUS?

    No. Unemployment benefits are only for those who have been laid off or fired from their jobs. 
    However, the Governor’s Executive Order does make exceptions for people who refuse rehire based on specific reason which are reviewed on a case to case basis.  See Texas Workforce Commission:  https://www.twc.texas.gov/texas-workforce-commission-issues-guidance-unemployment-claimants

    5.20       I FEEL BUT MY DOCTOR DOESN’T THINK I NEED TO BE TESTED. MY BOSS WANTS A NOTE OR I’LL BE FIRED. WHAT DO I DO?

    You can call one of the medical hotlines to be evaluated.  See Section 1.5.1  I THINK I HAVE COVID-19, BUT I HAVEN’T SEEN A DOCTOR. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    Your employer may not require a doctor’s note for your sick absence. However, because you are symptomatic, the Judge’s Order mandates that you self-quarantine yourself for 14-days or until you are released by a medical doctor.

    Your entire household must also self-quarantine for 14 days. You and other members in your household are forbidden to go to work, school, daycare, social or religious gatherings, shopping or any other community function, until released by a Medical Doctor.

    5.21       CAN I GET NEW TIRES ON MY CAR OR GET OTHER MAINTENANCE DONE?

    If a business is open, you may buy their products/services but many are taking appointments rather than walk-ins to maintain social distancing guidelines. Please call ahead to see if they are taking customers and when you should go.

    5.22      WHERE CAN I FIND THE GOVERNOR’S CHECKLIST ON REOPENING – THE MINIMUM STANDARD HEALTH PROTOCOLS?

    In Governor Abbott’s “Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas,” there are several checklists provided to assist individuals, businesses, and churches with the minimum standard health protocols. Entire list of PDF documents is at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
    Individuals are encouraged to read any document relevant to their upcoming outing before heading out the door.
    Businesses are encouraged to post the relevant checklists for themselves and their customers in an easy to read location, and to do more than the minimum if their situation calls for more rigorous safety measures. 
    The entire report, “Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas,” is posted on the OEM’s page under RECOVERY:  https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus

    5.22A   INDIVIDUALS

    CHECKLIST FOR INDIVIDUALS

     SPECIAL GUIDANCE FOR TEXANS OVER 65 

    CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE-BASED EMPLOYEES   

    5.22B    BUSINESSES

    CHECKLIST FOR ALL EMPLOYERS

    CHECKLIST FOR SINGLE PERSON OFFICES

    CHECKLIST FOR MANUFACTURERS
    CHECLIST FOR OFFICE-BASED EMPLOYERS 

    5.23 CAN I THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR MY CHILD?

    Yes, however keeping the event small, social distancing of 6 feet even between children, hand washing and face coverings are recommended if people not in the same household are in attendance. 
    Do not let the child blow out candles on a cake – airborne droplets are the easiest way COVID-19 is spread. 
    Do not have a buffet of food or utensils set out. 
    Have one person wearing gloves serve each person all food and drink. 
    Do not let children use playground equipment since it cannot be sanitized between children playing on it.
    Those age 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions are advised to not attend.
    Since it is difficult to keep excited children separated, hosting a virtual birthday party with his friends, with only in-person attendance for those in your household, would be better to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    In Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 23 signed May 18, it states: “In accordance with guidance from DSHS Commissioner Dr. Hellerstedt, and to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-19, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain Covered Services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.”

     

     

  • 5.6.4 WHAT BUSINESSES HAVE REOPENED?

    Businesses should read “Texans Helping Texans: The Governors Report to Open Texas” and follow the checklists therein to keep their customers and employees healthy. Go to the Governor’s Open Texas webpage for complete list of openings and checklists for individuals, customers before going out, businesses, churches, parks, bodies of water, etc. https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
    Please note that capacity limit of people does not apply in many outdoor spaces. 
    Please see Executive Order GA-26 for complete list of capacity restrictions starting June 6, 2020.  https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-26_expanded_opening_COVID-19.pdf
    Please note that the following is in Bastrop County. Counties with more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases may be under different regulations. 
    All events expecting over 100 people must get approval the from Bastrop County government.
    Masks are now required in Bastrop County. See Section 2.2 SHOULD I WEAR A MASK (FACE COVERING)? 

    INDEX OF REOPENED BUSINESSES
    GENERAL GUIDELINES
    All Employers and Event Organizers – Section 5.23B
    Office-Based Employers / Employees – Section 5.6.4C.1  
    All Individuals – Section 5.23A
    Special Guidance for Texans Over 65 – Section 2.1.2

    ALPHABETICAL INDEX BY SUBJECT

    Adult Recreational Sports – Section 5.6.4G.5
    Amusement Parks – Section 5.6.4H.2
    Aquariums – Section 5.6.4D.4
    Barber Shops – Section 5.6.4B.2  
    Bars or Similar Establishments – Section 5.6.4D.1
    Beaches – Section 8.0 Parks / Beaches / Bodies of Water
    Bingo Halls –Section 5.6.4D.2 
    Bowling Alleys – Section 5.6.4D.2
    Child Care Centers – Sections 5.6.4C.3, 5.15 
    Churches and Places of Worship – Sections 5.16
    Cosmetology / Hair Salons – Section 5.6.4B.1
    Driving Schools (Texas) – Section 5.6.4E.1
    Equestrian Events – Section 5.6.4D.3
    Fine Arts Performances – Section 5.6.4H.3
    Golf – Section 5.6.4A.7
    Government Operations (Local) – Section 5.6.4A.8
    Gyms / Exercise Facilities – Section 5.6.4C.3    
    Lakes – Section 8.0
    Libraries – Section 5.6.4A.5
    Manufacturers – Section 5.6.4C.2     
    Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services – Section 5.6.4C.4
    Media Production – Section 5.6.4H.1
    Motorsports (Outdoors) – Section 5.6.4D.5
    Movie Theaters – Section 5.6.4A.3
    Museums – Section 5.6.4A.5
    Nail Salons – Section 5.6.4B.3   
    Natural Caverns – Section 5.6.4D.4
    Outdoor Events – Section 5.6.4H.4
    Outdoor Sports Participants – Section 5.6.4A.8
    Parks / Beaches / Bodies of Water – Section 8.0
    Professional Sports Leagues – Section 5.6.4G.4
    Rafting – Section 5.6.4i.1
    Restaurants – Section 5.6.4A.2
    Retail Shops – Section 5.6.2B, 5.6.2C, 5.6.4A.1
    Rivers – Section 8.0 
    Rodeo Events – Section 5.6.4D.3
    Shopping Malls – Section 5.6.4A.4 and Retail Shops.
    Simulcasting – Section 5.6.4D.2
    Skating Rinks – Section 5.6.4D.2
    Swimming Pools – Section 5.6.4B.5
    Tanning Salons – Section 5.6.4B.4   
    Tubing – Section 5.6.4i.1
    Valet Parking – Section 5.6.4H.5
    Video Game Facilities – Section 5.6.4H.6
    Swimming Pools – Section 5.6.4B.5  
    Waterparks – Section 5.6.4F.1
    Weddings – Section 5.6.5A    
    Wedding Receptions – Section 5.6.5B
    Youth Camps (Daytime) – Section 5.6.4G.2
    Youth Camps (Overnight) – Section 5.6.4G.3
    Youth Clubs – Section 5.6.4C.5
    Youth Sports – Section 5.6.4G.1
    Zoos – Section 5.6.4D.4

    5.6.4A   REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 1

    Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 18, starting May, 1, 2020, opens the following Reopened Services:

    5.6.4A.1 RETAIL SERVICES IN STORES 

    See Section 5.6.2B   I AM A CUSTOMER. HOW DO I PURCHASE AND OBTAIN GOODS FROM A RETAIL STORE THAT HAS JUST RE-OPENED?
    Before going, please read CHECKLIST FOR RETAIL CUSTOMERS  
    CHECKLIST FOR RETAILERS

    5.6.4A.2 DINE-IN RESTAURANTS 

    o DINE INDOORS

    -      Restaurants, defined as having less than 50% of gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages, may operate at 75% capacity now, but at midnight Monday, June 29, must begin operating at 50% capacity.
    - Restaurants may expand table limits from 6 people to 10 people.
    - Valet services are prohibited except for vehicles with placards or plates for disabled parking.
    - Social distancing must be maintained between tables.
    - Take-out, pickup and delivery are still encouraged rather than dining in to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

     o DINE OUTDOORS ONLY

    - The total capacity limit does not apply to outdoor spaces at a restaurant. However, dining must be set up so that there is a six-foot distance between patrons at adjoining tables and social distancing must be followed in waiting areas.

    o Check for open restaurants:  https://www.bastropcares.org/covid-19 

    Before going, read over the CHECKLIST FOR RESTAURANT CUSTOMERS 
    CHECKLIST FOR RESTAURANTS 

    5.6.4A.3 MOVIE THEATERS 

    May operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy of any individual theater for any screening.
    Before going, read over the CHECKLIST FOR MOVIE THEATER CUSTOMERS  
    CHECKLIST FOR MOVIE THEATERS

    5.6.4A.4 SHOPPING MALLS 

    o 50% capacity, excluding staff or contractors
    o Play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
    o Food courts are reopened at 50%.

    Before going, please read CHECKLIST FOR RETAIL CUSTOMERS  
    CHECKLIST FOR RETAILERS  

    5.6.4A.5 MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES

    o 50% capacity
    o Only if permitted by local governments
    o Any interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, remain closed.

    Before going, please read the CHECKLIST FOR ALL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY VISITORS  

    CHECKLIST FOR MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES


    5.6.4A.6 INDIVIDUAL IN AN OFFICE

    Services provided by an individual working alone in an office. 

    5.6.4A.7 GOLF COURSE OPERATIONS

    Only one person to a golf cart unless they are from the same household.

    Before going golfing, please read CHECKLIST FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS PARTICIPANTS

    5.6.4A.8   OUTDOOR SPORTS PARTICIPANTS

    Before participating in outdoor sports, please read CHECKLIST FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS PARTICIPANTS.  

    5.6.4A.9 LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

    Includes county and municipal governmental operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as determined by the local government.

    5.6.4B    REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 8

    5.6.4B.1  COSMETOLOGY / HAIR SALONS

    o 1 customer per stylist
    o Customers can wait inside if 6 foot social distancing can be observed.
    o Both stylist and customer must wear a face covering
    o Operating stations must be six feet apart.
    o Appointments are recommended.

    Before your appointment, read the CHECKLIST FOR COSMETOLOGY / HAIR SALON CUSTOMERS  
    CHECKLIST FOR COSMETOLOGY / HAIR SALONS  

    5.6.4B.2 BARBER SHOP

    o 1 customer per stylist
    o Customers can wait inside if 6 foot social distancing can be observed.
    o Both stylist and customer must wear a face covering
    o Operating stations must be six feet apart.
    o Appointments are recommended.

    Before your appointment, read the CHECK LIST FOR BARBER SHOP CUSTOMERS 

    CHECK LIST FOR BARBER SHOPS

    5.6.4B.3           NAIL SALON

    o 1 customer per stylist
    o Customers can wait inside if 6 foot social distancing can be observed.
    o Both stylist and customer must wear a face covering
    o Operating stations must be six feet apart.
    o Appointments are recommended

    Before your appointment, read the CHECKLIST FOR NAIL SALON CUSTOMERS 
    CHECKLIST FOR NAIL SALONS / SHOPS

    5.6.4B.4 TANNING SALONS

    6 feet of social distancing between operating work stations

    Before your appointment, read the CHECKLIST FOR TANNING SALON CUSTOMERS 
    CHECKLIST FOR TANNING SALONS 

    5.6.4B.5 SWIMMING POOLS

    o Indoor facilities may operate at up to 50% capacity to the total occupancy of the pool facility.
    o Outdoor swimming pools may operate at up to 50% capacity of normal operating limits.
    o Local public swimming pools may operate only if permitted by the local government.
    o To find local parks pool operations, See Section 8.1 ARE PARKS, RIVERS AND LAKES OPEN IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    CHECKLIST FOR PARKS/BEACHES/BODIES OF WATER

    5.6.4C     REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 18

    5.6.4C.1 SERVICES PROVIDED BY OFFICE WORKERS

    In offices that operate up to the greater of 10 individuals or 50 percent of the total office workforce. Social distancing must be maintained.

    Before going back to work, please read the CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE-BASED EMPLOYEES 
    CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE-BASED EMPLOYERS  

    5.6.4C.2 MANUFACTURING SERVICES

    For facilities that operate at up to 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the facility. Please note that these are non-essential manufacturing services.

    CHECKLIST FOR MANUFACTURERS  

    5.6.4C.3 GYMS AND EXERCISE FACILITIES AND CLASSES

    o 50% of total listed occupancy of the gym or exercise facility
    o Gym stations must be sanitized after each use
    o Items brought in by patrons, such as yoga mats, must be sanitized before and after use.
    o Patrons must wear full-fingered gloves; fingerless gloves not allowed.
    o Restrooms may open
    o Locker rooms, shower facilities must remain closed
    o Outdoor classes are not required to follow 50% occupancy but must maintain social distancing

    o Patrons must wear a mask when not actively exercising.

    CHECKLIST FOR GYMS / EXERCISE FACILITY PATRONS  
    CHECKLIST FOR GYMS / EXERCISE FACILITIES 

    5.6.4C.4 CHILD CARE CENTERS

    Governor Abbott announced the reopening of these centers during the May 18, 2020 press conference. This also includes Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA type programs.
    The centers must follow federal and state health protocols for serving children in child care and more in the 13 page

    CHECKLIST FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS

    Parents, please read before taking your child to daycare CHECKLIST FOR CHILD CARE FAMILIES  

    5.6.4C.5 MASSAGE AND OTHER PERSONAL-CARE, AND BEAUTY SERVICES 

    o includes electrolysis, waxing, tattoo salons, piercing studios, and hair loss treatment and growth services
    o Feet 6 of social distancing
    o Because of close proximity of individuals, stringent compliance with Minimum Standard Health Protocols is strongly recommended.

    Before seeking these services, please read the CHECKLIST FOR MASSAGE AND OTHER PERSONAL-CARE, AND BEAUTY SERVICE CUSTOMERS

    CHECKLIST FOR MASSAGE AND OTHER PERSONAL-CARE, AND BEAUTY SALONS  

    5.6.4C.6 YOUTH CLUBS 
     
    o Youth clubs include the following: Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, TOP Teens, FFA, Girls, Inc., and other similar type youth clubs.
    o Indoor meetings should not exceed more than 10 individuals.
    o 6 feet of social distancing between individuals is maintained.
    o Staggering meetings to comply with 10-individual limit is encouraged.
    o Parents should monitor the health of their children, and not send a sick child to the club.

    Parents and youth, before your meeting please read theCHECKLIST FOR ALL YOUTH CLUB PARTICIPANTS  

    CHECKLIST FOR ALL YOUTH CLUBS

    5.6.4D   REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 22

    5.6.4D.1 BARS or SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS

    Starting at noon on May 26, all bars and similar establishments, which have Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) permits and are not restaurants as defined as receiving more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages, are closed to people per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-28. They may continue to serve by delivery, drive-thru and takeout for food and drinks to the extent authorized by the TABC. 

    5.6.4D.2 BOWLING ALLEYS, BINGO HALLS, SIMULCASTING, SKATING RINKS

    These amusements may operate at 50% capacity and should create six feet of social distancing between bowling alley lanes, between customers playing bingo, and in any other activity.
    Any interactive components or exhibits, such as child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades, must remain closed.
    Individuals should follow health guidelines in reopening these interactive activities.
    o Avoid being in a group of people larger than 10 individuals.
    o Minimize contact with those individuals not in your household.
    o Wear a face covering.
    o Washing and sanitizes hands frequently.
    o Avoid sharing utensils and other common objects.

    Before going, please read the CHECKLIST FOR BOWLING, BINGO, SIMULCASTING, SKATING CUSTOMERS 

    CHECKLIST FOR BOWLING ALLEYS, BINGO HALLS, SIMULCASTING, SKATING RINKS

    5.6.4D.3 RODEO / EQUESTRIAN EVENTS

    Starting May 22, these events may start per Governor Abbott in his May 18 press conference. Larger gatherings that include a rodeo or equestrian event, such as a county fair, are not authorized. Please note that any event that expect over 100 people may be regulated by the county or municipality.
    o Spectators
    Indoors – no more than 50% occupancy
    Outdoors – no more than 50% occupancy
    o Six feet of separation between non-household members
    o Must follow the Minimum Standard Health Protocols, per state checklist.

    See more at CHECKLIST FOR RODEO AND EQUESTRIAN EVENTS 

    5.6.4D.4 ZOOS, AQUARIUMS, NATURAL CAVERNS, AND SIMILAR FACILITIES

    o 50% total occupancy or 50% normal operating limits
    o Interaction functions must stay closed, including child play areas, amusement and video game areas.
    o Indoor areas of zoo, except for restrooms, must remain closed.
    o Must follow the Minimum Standard Health Protocols, per state checklist.

    Before going to the location, please read the following CHECKLIST FOR ZOOS, AQUARIUM, NATURAL CAVERN VISITORS 

    CHECKLIST FOR ZOOS, AQUARIUMS, NATURAL CAVERNS, AND SIMILAR FACILITIES 

    5.6.4D.5 OUTDOOR MOTORSPORTS

    o 50% of normal operating limits
    o Social distancing must be maintained – 2 empty seats between patrons unless from same household or attending together, then two empty seats between parties.
    o Alternate rows empty.
    o Encouraged to use remote ticketing

    CHECKLIST FOR OUTDOOR MOTORSPORTS EVENTS 

    5.6.4E    REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 26

    5.6.4E.1 TEXAS DRIVING SCHOOLS

    Governor Abbott reopened Driving Schools up to 50% capacity for classroom instruction with social distancing except when receiving in-car instruction or if participating in a DPS road test.

    Before going, please read CHECKLIST FOR TEXAS DRIVING SCHOOLS 

    5.6.4F    REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 29

    5.6.4F.1 WATERPARKS

    Per Governor Abbott, waterparks may open up to 50% of their capacity on indoor and outdoor activities. Waterpark operators must close any components of the waterpark that has interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, and video game areas.
    o No more than 10 people per party.
    o Maintain social distance between parties.
    o If unable to maintain social distance, please wear a face covering except when in the water. Do not wear a wet face covering.

    Before going to a waterpark, please read the CHECKLIST FOR WATERPARK VISITORS

    CHECKLIST FOR WATERPARK OPERATORS 

    5.6.4G   REOPENED SERVICES ON MAY 31

    5.6.4G.1 YOUTH SPORTS

    Practices may begin May 31 without spectators other than one parent or guardian. Games or similar competitions may begin June 15 with spectators maintaining 6 feet of social distancing from individuals not in the spectator’s group.
    o Parents should monitor the health of their children, and not send a sick child to practice or a game.
    o All attendees including participants, should follow the Minimum Standard Health Protocols including social distancing, wearing a face covering, carry hand sanitizer.
    o Parents/guardians should also avoid being in a group of larger than 10.

    Before the first practice, please read CHECKLIST FOR YOUTH SPORTS FAMILIES

    CHECKLIST FOR YOUTH SPORTS OPERATORS

    5.6.4G.2  DAY YOUTH CAMPS

    Please be aware of health factors, and do not send a child to camp if they are sick. State health protocols may be updated based on guidance from the CDC and/or the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    o Please be aware of health factors, and do not send a child to camp if they are sick. 
    o After camp, the child should minimize contact with anyone older than 65 or those with underlying health conditions for 14 days.
    o State health protocols may be updated based on guidance from the CDC and/or the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Before sending your child to a youth camp, please readCHECKLIST FOR DAY YOUTH CAMP FAMILIES

    CHECKLIST FOR DAY YOUTH CAMP OPERATORS AND STAFF

    5.6.4G.3 OVERNIGHT YOUTH CAMPS

    o Please be aware of health factors, and do not send a child to camp if they are sick. 
    o After camp, the child should minimize contact with anyone older than 65 or those with underlying health conditions for 14 days.
    o State health protocols may be updated based on guidance from the CDC and/or the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Before sending your child to camp, please read the CHECKLIST FOR RESIDENT/OVERNIGHT YOUTH CAMP FAMILIES

    CHECKLIST FOR RESIDENT/OVERNIGHT YOUTH CAMP OPERATORS AND STAFF 

    5.6.4G.5 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES

    Professionals sports leagues which have submitted a plan to the Texas Department of State Health Services and are approved may begin play.
    o Spectators allowed at 50% on outdoor venues.
    o No spectators allowed at indoor venues.
    o All employees, players, and contractors must be screened for symptoms. See checklist for complete list of regulations.

    CHECKLIST FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES 

    5.6.4G.5 ADULT RECREATIONAL SPORTS

    On May 31, adult recreational sports may begin holding practices without spectators. 
    On June 15, games and similar competition may begin, with or without spectators.

    Before going to see the sporting event, please read CHECKLIST FOR ADULT RECREATIONAL SPORT PARTICIPANTS  

    CHECKLIST FOR ADULT RECREATIONAL SPORTS OPERATORS  

    5.6.4H    REOPENED SERVICES ON JUNE 3

    5.6.4H.1 MEDIA PRODUCTION

    o Media production of all type are reopened. 

    o Maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
    o Limit indoors personnel to greater of 10 people or 50% capacity. There is no limit to outdoor activities.
    o Close sets to all visitors, clients, office personnel, and other non-essential personnel.
    o Media productions are encouraged to complete the production registration form on the Texas Film Commission website. 
    https://gov.texas.gov/Apps/Film/production.aspx

    Please utilize the following Minimum Health Standards Protocol checklists while planning and while in production:
    CHECKLIST FOR MEDIA PRODUCTION  
    CHECKLIST FOR OFFICE-BASED EMPLOYEES  
    CHECKLIST FOR MANUFACTURERS


    5.6.4H.2 AMUSEMENT PARKS

    o May open in Bastrop County up to 50% capacity.
    o Ask guests to wear face coverings.
    o Groups of up to 10 people (who are in same household or who traveled together) should maintain distance of 6 feet from other groups.
    o Contactless payment is encouraged.
    o Continuous disinfecting is encouraged.

    Before going to an amusement park, please read:
    CHECKLIST FOR AMUSEMENT PARK VISITORS  

    CHECKLIST FOR AMUSEMENT PARK OPERATORS  


    5.6.4H.3 FINE ARTS PERFORMANCES

    o May operate in Bastrop County up to 50% occupancy indoors. There is no capacity limit on outdoor productions.
    o Groups of up to 10 people (who are in same household or who traveled together) should maintain distance of 6 feet from other groups.
    o Use remote ticketing options and payment where possible.
    o Set reserved entry times to avoid mass gatherings.
    o Create clear pathways for entering and leaving.
    o Please see seating configuration in the following checklists.
    o Please see hygiene requirements in the following checklists.
    o Consider wearing a face covering.
    o Older adults and those with underlying health risks should consider staying home.
    Before attending a production, please read CHECKLIST FOR FINE ARTS PERFORMANCE HALL PATRONS  
    CHECKLIST FOR FINE ARTS PERFORMANCE HALLS
      

    5.6.4H.4 OUTDOOR EVENTS

    - Gatherings of more than 100 people must be approved by local government, with some exceptions..
    - In evaluating large gatherings (those with an estimated attendance exceeding 100 individuals), the county judge or the mayor, as applicable, in consultation with the local public health authority, should consider the following factors:
    - The overall number of projected attendees;
    - The likelihood of individuals over the age of 65 attending;
    - The density of the forum and the ability to ensure social distancing of 6 feet between individuals; and
    - The level of transmission in the county.
    - Attendees should follow all social distancing, and health guidelines.
    - Groups of up to 10 people (who are in same household or who traveled together) should maintain distance of 6 feet from other groups.
    - Attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering.
    CHECKLIST FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS  
    CHECKLIST FOR ALL EMPLOYERS AND EVENT ORGANIZERS


    5.6.4H.5 VALET PARKING

    CHECKLIST FOR VALET PARKING SERVICES


    5.6.4H.6 VIDEO GAME FACILITIES

    o May operate up to 50% of total listed occupancy.
    o Must ensure 6 feet of social distancing between operating machines or install dividers.
    o All staff and contractors should consider wearing face coverings.
    o Disinfect any  items that come into contact with customers after each use.                                           

      o Assign at least one employee or contractor full time to continuously disinfect video games and other interactive amusements

    CHECKLIST FOR VIDEO GAME FACILITIES    

    5.6.4i BUSINESS CLOSURES

    See the list below according to orders from governments and municipalities.

    5.6.4i.1   TUBING and RAFTING

    Per Executive Order GA 28, all rafting and tubing businesses must close. GA 28 states “People shall not use commercial rafting or tubing services, including rental of rafts or tubes, and transportation of people for the purpose of rafting or tubing...”

    5.6.5 CAN I GET MARRIED NOW? 

    Yes, you can. Congratulations!

    5.6.5A    WEDDING VENUES AND SERVICES REQUIRED TO CONDUCT WEDDINGS

    o Indoor weddings other than at a church, congregation or house of worship, the facility may operate at up to 50% of total listed occupancy of the facility
    o If held indoors at a Church, Congregation or House of Worship, follow guidelines for those facilities. See Section 5.1 ARE CHURCHES OPEN FOR SERVICES?

    CHECKLIST FOR WEDDING ATTENDEES  

    CHECKLIST FOR WEDDING VENUES

    5.6.5B   WEDDING RECEPTION SERVICES

    o 50% occupancy of the facility
    o Occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding or reception.

    CHECKLIST FOR WEDDING RECEPTION ATTENDEES  
    CHECKLIST FOR WEDDING RECEPTION VENUES

     


  • 6.1         IS THERE HELP FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES?

    For specific business questions or to find out ways businesses are being helped, please call the local Chambers of Commerce:

    6.2         ARE THERE ANY PLACES THAT CAN ASSIST WITH RENT AND UTILITIES?

    Bastrop County Cares is updating their resource list daily at www.bastropcares.org

    NOTICE:  The Texas Public Utility Commission voted Thursday, March 26, 2020 to ban utilities from cutting off power and water services to Texans who have lost jobs and income during the COVID-19 crisis for at least the next six months. Contact your utility company for instructions on a payment plan.

    6.3 CAN I BE EVICTED IF I CAN’T PAY MY RENT OR MORTGAGE?

    RENTERS
    Landowners can start eviction proceedings on renters for nonpayment of rent since the Texas Supreme Court moratorium has expired.
    However, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act included a 120-day moratorium on eviction filings on renters in homes covered by federally backed mortgages, and a landlord would still need to give a 30-day notice before residents must vacate the property, effectively stopping an eviction until Aug. 23. Renters can check to see if their address is included at the National Low Income Housing Coalition. 

    https://nlihc.org/federal-moratoriums

    PROPERTY OWNERS
    Those concerned about their mortgages should contact their lender.

    6.4         WHAT ABOUT THE FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECKS?  WHEN WILL I GET MY $1,200 CHECK?

    Information about the Economic Impact Payments is at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

    6.5         WHERE CAN I GET HELP FOR FOOD?

    6.5.1   For a list of food services

     Includes mobile services, provided by charitable organizations in Bastrop County, to go: https://www.bastropcares.org/charitable-food

    Volunteers are standing by. We do not want anyone going hungry.

    6.5.2   Senior Food Assistance program

    • Age 65 and older
    • Call 512-303-4300 to sign up
    • You will need to provide your name, address and phone number

    6.5.3   HEB-FAVOR program in Bastrop and Elgin areas

    • Age 60 and older
    • Can place orders for same-day delivery.
    • Within 8 miles of HEB store
    • Seniors can order in the Favor App, online or via phone.
    • For full details, visit https://favordelivery.com/

    6.5.4   HEB Curbside for Seniors – Volunteer Pickup and Delivery

    • Age 65 and older
    • Seniors will forward the confirmation email generated by HEB to curbsidebastrop@gmail.com (including their delivery address, contact phone # and name on the order).
    • Volunteers will pick up your HEB Curbside order and deliver to your front porch
    • County-wide service
    • Call 512-303-4300 to sign up.

    6.6         I AM SO STRESSED OUT ABOUT EVERYTHING. WHAT DO I DO?

    There are several numbers you can call, and one you can text, to discuss whatever is bothering you. The website for Bastrop County Cares, which has quite a few local resources, is also listed.

    • Bluebonnet Trails Community Services 24-hour Crisis Hotline
      • 1-800-841-1255
    • Family Crisis Center
      • For those experiencing the following:
        • stress, emotional challenges or anxiety due to the current crisis
        • stalking, sexual violence, or dating/domestic violence
      • 833-986-1919
    • U.S. Crisis Textline
      • Text TX to 741741
    • Texas COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
      • 1-800-985-5990
    • Request counseling on Bluebonnet Trails website
  • 7.1         WHEN WILL SCHOOLS REOPEN?

    Governor Abbott announced through several executive orders that all Texas public schools, including those in Bastrop County (Bastrop ISD, Elgin ISD, McDade ISD and Smithville ISD) are closed to in-person classroom attendance by students for the 2019-20 school year. This includes all public and private schools, and institutions of higher learning. Online classes may continue. Please check with your school regarding updates and graduation instructions.

    7.2         SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMS FOR ALL THOSE AGE 18 AND YOUNGER

    School districts are providing curbside-pickup breakfast and lunch in their area each weekday for their children (age 18 and younger), regardless if the child attends the school. Children must be present to pick up their meal.

    • Smithville ISD

    Breakfast and Lunch Meal Packages will now be available for pick-up on MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS ONLY!

    • Monday: meal package includes 2 days of breakfast and lunch
    • Wednesday: meal package includes 3 days of breakfast and lunch.

    RURAL LOCATIONS:

    Pickup Time Noon to 1 p.m. (or until we run out)

    • Site 1: String Prairie Community Center, 204 Community Center Road, Rosanky, Texas
    • Site 2: Entrance of Indian Lake, Corner of Indian Drive & FM 153
    • Site 3: Lake Thunderbird Community Center, FM 2104
    • Site 4: Young School House Bible Church Parking Lot, Young School House Road & 115 Easley Road
    • Site 5: Cottletown Road, Corner of Cottletown Road & Long Trail Road


    IN TOWN SITES:

    Pickup time remains 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

    • Brown Primary (front circle)
    • Smithville Elementary (behind Cafeteria on Bishop St.)

    7.3 CAN CLASS OF 2020 SENIORS HAVE A GRADUATION CEREMONY?

    7.3A    STATE-ALLOWED CEREMONIES

    Yes, Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas has issued four ways to hold graduation ceremonies for Class of 2020 seniors.
    1. Completely virtual ceremonies that take place entirely online, with the use of videoconference or other technologies.
    2. Hybrid ceremonies, which consist of a compilation of videos of students being recognized in person as they celebrate graduation in small groups.
    3. Vehicle ceremonies, in which students and their families wait in their cars while other graduates are recognized one at time with their families alongside them.
    4. Outdoor in-person ceremonies, which are currently permitted for counties as follows: 
    a) Between May 15 and May 31, an outdoor ceremony may take place in a rural county that has an attestation as described in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas that remains in effect 7 days prior to the ceremony. 
    b) An outdoor ceremony may take place in any Texas county on or after June 1. 
    Full details of the TEA's graduation ceremony guidance can be found on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/graduation_ceremonies_5.5.2020_vf.pdf

    7.3B    GRADUATION CEREMONIES

    Bastrop High School  

    Cedar Creek High School  

    Colorado River Collegiate Academy  

    Elgin High School and Phoenix High School combined ceremony  

    McDade High School – no information

    Smithville High School  

    7.4   IS THERE GOING TO BE SUMMER SCHOOL?

    This depends on your school district. Please check with your school. 
    The Texas Education Agency has created guidelines for in-class instruction AND virtual instruction during Summer School starting June 1.  SEE DOCUMENT ONLINE.  

     

     

     

     


     
  • Please be sure your children and families practice social distancing and other healthy habits. Remember, it’s best to stay home to limit exposure to others.

    CHECKLIST FOR PARKS/BEACHES/BODIES OF WATER  

    8.1 ARE PARKS, RIVERS AND LAKES OPEN IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    Some parks are open.  See below.

    For parks that are open, Governor Abbott has placed maximum group number to not exceed household members or up to five people. Social distancing standards apply. People must wear a face covering. Please note that Rivers, Lakes and Beaches are under the same minimum standards as Parks.

    8.1.1 STATE PARKS  - BASTROP STATE PARK AND BUESCHER STATE PARK

    All state parks will reopen for day use only, per Governor Abbott. You must reserve your entrance fee online BEFORE going to the park. 

    Visitors must wear face coverings

    Maintain a distance of 6 feet from non-family members
    Not gather in groups of more than five. 


    8.1.2 BASTROP COUNTY PARKS

    Stoney Point, Cedar Creek, and the Nature Park on the Colorado River are open to the public. 

    Playground and park improvements are still closed.

    8.1.3 CITY OF BASTROP PARKS
    The City of Bastrop is opening up certain parks as follows:

    Hike & Bike Trails: pedestrians & bikers

    Fisherman’s Park Boat Ramp

    Bob Bryant Park Boat Ramp

    Playgrounds, restrooms, and the Bark Park are NOT being reopened.

    The use of face coverings and gloves are highly encouraged.

    8.1.4   CITY OF ELGIN PARKS

    All parks in Elgin are open.

    The parks department asks that people stay off playground equipment, wear face coverings, maintain proper social distancing, and not gather in groups.

    The Elgin Recreation Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon by appointment only. Reserve online at www.exgintx.com

    8.1.5   CITY OF SMITHVILLE PARKS

    All city parks and outdoor facilities will reopen at noon on Friday, May 15. The city requests social distancing and no large gatherings. Masks are required in all city facilities.

    The Veteran’s Memorial Park splash pad is open.
    The Indoor Recreation Center reopens on Monday, June 15 with the following hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required to enter facility.

    8.1.6 LCRA PARKS IN BASTROP COUNTY

    Lake Bastrop North Shore has reopened for DAY USE ONLY from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no camping or overnight stays allowed. Visitors must pay entrance registration online ahead of time, and must wear face coverings, are limited to no more than 5 people in a group, and people must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from people not in their group.

    The remainder of LCRA parks in Bastrop County – McKinney Roughs Nature Park and Lake Bastrop South Shore – remain closed.

    8.2   CAN I STILL WALK MY DOG OR DO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?

    Yes. The state and the county’s orders allow visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID- 19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. Please note that Bark Parks follow the park closures of their city. We suggest that you carry a face covering in case you find yourself around other people.

    8.3   IS THERE A CURFEW IN BASTROP COUNTY?

    No, there is not a statewide or countywide curfew. A city – Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville – might have imposed a curfew for other reasons. You would need to check on their websites or call their city halls to see if they have a curfew.

    8.4         IS IT OKAY TO TRAVEL?

    8.4.1  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is discouraging non-essential travel.

    8.4.2 Governor Abbott encourages people to stay home as much as possible when not working or seeking services of essential or reopened businesses. He does advocate social distancing of six feet, wearing face coverings and washing hands as ways to keep healthy and keep Texas opening.

    More and more businesses are being reopened by Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas. See Section 5.6.2 REOPENED BUSINESSES
    Some parks have reopened also. See Section 8.1 ARE PARKS OPEN IN BASTROP COUNTY? 

    8.4.3  Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order No. GA-11 on March 26, 2020, and revised on March 29, 2020, to require those who arrive in an airport in Texas OR by road travel from certain high risk areas to register with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and immediately self-quarantine at a home or hotel for 14 days or until they leave the state, whichever is less. See Section 3.4 IS SELF-QUARANTINE REQUIRED FOR THOSE WHO FLEW FROM HIGH RISK AREAS?

    8.4.4  If you choose to travel between cities and counties in Texas, states or countries, please check on the restrictions placed on those locations along your route and at your destination, including any stay-at-home orders, quarantine requirements and the like. If you have traveled through or to a high risk area, you may be required to quarantine when you get back to Texas.

    8.5        WHAT GROUP OUTDOOR SPORTS CAN I ENJOY?


    People can play any sport that is four persons or less and where people can maintain a social distance. Tennis and golf are examples. Only one person per golf cart unless it’s people from the same household.

    CHECKLIST FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS PARTICIPANTS

    8.5.1      CAN WE PLAY BASKETBALL AT THE LOCAL COURT?

    Not at this time. Contact sports are not allowed per Governor Abbott, nor any outdoor sporting activity with more than a total of four people. You would also need to check with the cities of Bastrop, Elgin or Smithville, or Bastrop County to see if their park facilities are open for other uses.

  • 9.1 ARE COURTS IN BASTROP COUNTY GOING TO BE IN SESSION? 

    All Jury Trials for the 423rd District Court for weeks beginning March 23, April 20, May 18 and June 15, are cancelled and will be rescheduled. Criminal cases set for April 15 and May 4 will also be rescheduled. 

    9.2         WHAT ABOUT CHILD CUSTODY?

    9.2.1    FAMILY LAW POSSESSION ORDERS

    All possession orders shall continue to be subject to the applicable, previously published school calendar. (21st and 335th Judicial District Court, State of Texas, Bastrop, Burleson, Lee and Washington Counties, March 20, 2020)

    For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of and access to a child shall not be affected by any shelter-in-place order or other order restricting movement issued by a governmental entity. Order expires May 8, 2020. (Supreme Court of Texas, Misc. Docket No. 20-9050, Seventh Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster)

    9.2.2   STANDING ORDER REGARDING PARENT-CHILD VISITATION IN ALL CHILD PROTECTION CASES IN BASTROP COUNTY

    The 2nd EXTENDED STANDING ORDER REGARDING PARENT-CHILD VISITATION IN ALL CHILD PROTECTION CASES IN BASTROP COUNTY, signed by Judge Benton Eskew, County Court at Law, expired on May 31, 2020.
    Please contact the court or the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for more direction.

     

PUBLIC NOTICE LINKS

Bastrop County Community Testing Site Expands to Second Location 8/3/2020

Bastrop County Health Authority Receives COVID-19 Fatality Update from DSHS 7/30/2020

Rescinding Health Authority Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction 7/29/2020

Statement regarding Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction 7/24/2020

Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction 7/21/2020

Bastrop County update on CARES Small Business Grant Program 7/8/2020

Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 Testing 7/3/2020

Statement from Bastrop County Health Authority and President of the Bastrop/ Lee County Medical Society 6/26/2020

Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 6/25/2020

Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 6/10/2020

Bastrop County Update on COVID-19 5/29/2020

Bastrop County Update on Nursing Home COVID-19 Testing Results 5/11/2020

Bastrop County Update on Random COVID-19 Testing Results 5/1/2020

Directive #3 of Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1A 4/27/2020

Directive #2 of Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1A  4/20/2020

Bastrop County Local Governments Update 4/17/2020

Bastrop County Update 4/8/2020

Bastrop County COVID-19 Order #1 A

Bastrop County Local Governments Update 4/6/2020

Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-14

Bastrop County COVID-19 ORDER #1

Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-28-2020

Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-25-2020

Bastrop County Local Governments Joint Statement Regarding COVID-19 Test Center 03-24-2020

Declaration of Disaster (First Amended) Consented by Commissioners Court 03-23-2020

Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-21-2020

Joint Statement of Bastrop County Local Governments 03-20-20

Bastrop County Local Governments Update 03-19-2020

Declaration of Disaster 03-16-2020

Bastrop County Update on COVID-19

Letter from Judge Pape RE: COVID-19 03-12-2020

 

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