North Parker / Tarrant County Communities Consolidated COVID-19 Response
What is COVID-19
A 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.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
What to do if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who has the virus?
How can you prepare for and prevent the spread of the disease?
Follow the guidelines set out by the Center for Disease Control (link below) on proper hand washing and sanitizing.
What is your local Government doing about it?
Local Elected and City Officials representing the area of Briar, Pelican Bay, Reno, Sanctuary, and Springtown are teleconferencing regularly to receive updates on the spread of the corona virus and discuss how they can best serve you by providing uninterrupted services and infrastructure. You will notice some changes about the way that government operates such as lobby closures and changes in the way calls for service are handled. The health of our city and county personnel is of vital importance to continuing operations. While it may appear that the government is closed, they are still all hard at work making sure things keep running smoothly. You can click on the buttons below to take you to the City Website for your area.
*Please note that first responders in your area have made changes to their protocols for emergency responses to protect the public and themselves during this crisis.
Pandemics and Mental Health
During the government emergency declaration your normal routine will likely be disrupted. Some businesses are closed, you may be out of work, and your children out of school. You may also fear getting sick. This can cause stress and anxiety. Watch the video below for tips on how to remain mentally and physically healthy.
Tarrant County - MHMR of Tarrant County - 1-800-866-2465
Parker County - Pecan Valley Centers for Behavioral & Developmental HealthCare - 1-800-772-5987
Wise County Helen Farabee Centers - 1-800-621-8504
What can you do to help?
Use common sense and don't panic. Remember there is a limited quantity of food and supplies and there is not enough to go around if we all panic buy. Please be considerate of those who can not afford to buy in bulk or stock up a month's supply of food.
Be patient with people around you. They are all feeling the stress.
Follow the rules set by your federal, state, and local government regulating social distancing and quarantine. The better we follow these rules, the sooner we will get through this.
Check up on your elderly or sick neighbors by phone, email, Skype, or other video calling. You can also stand at the fence and holler like they do in Arkansas.
Donate. Public and charity resources will be under financial strain, and in short supply of many every day items you may take for granted. If you are one of those who bought a thousand rolls of toilet paper, experienced buyer's remorse, and are too embarrassed to return them to the store, you can contact one of the food banks below. They will happily accept donations of whatever you are willing to part with that will help those in need. Most donations are tax deductible.
Demand is very high and resources are running low. Please help your local food pantry keep food available for those in need.
Many store shelves are empty and certain foods may not be available. There are several resources in your area that may have food and supplies at little or no cost. See below for a list of those resources. For those who can not leave their homes, volunteers may be available to deliver care boxes. If you are in our coverage area you may call for information or request delivery from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 817-381-6950. If no answer leave a message and someone will call you back.
* Azle ISD Breakfast & Lunch
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at Squiggly Park across from Pelican Bay City Hall, Azle ISD will serve breakfast from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM and lunch from 12:00PM -1:00 PM They will serve Monday through Thursday.
Government Emergency Declarations
Helpful Websites and Additional Information
Office of Governor, Texas (Resource on statewide waivers, assistance, and declarations by Governor Abbott.)
Texas Division of Emergency Management (Website)
Tarrant County COVID-19 (Local declarations and links to other resources.)