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As of March 27, 2020, there are 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Killeen.
There are are multiple cases in Bell County.
Yes. Bell County and the City of Killeen have ordered residents to remain in there homes unless seeking or performing essential services (medical care, food, household necessities, reporting to work at essential businesses).
Residents are to have no social gatherings of people outside of their immediate household.
This order is effective March 24 through April 3, 2020.
The City of Killeen continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation. We remain engaged with federal, state and local emergency agencies to evaluate risks, obtain resources and plan response. The situation is changing rapidly, and we are adjusting internal and external protocols for employee and public safety.
The City of Killeen is taking all advisories about COVID-19 very seriously and has initiated a number of changes meant to limit virus exposure for employees and the public we serve.
We have closed City of Killeen business offices to the public.
All City of Killeen business offices are now closed to the public. Services may be obtained by phone, email or web as available on this website.
Details on service changes:
Killeen Arts & Activities Center
Killeen Civic & Conference Center
Parks & Recreation
No; however, churches are encouraged to hold services via video or teleconference. If in-person services are hosted, caution should be exercised to include social distancing.
Yes. Killeen Independent School District has established the following webpage to inform the public about the impacts of COVID-19 on schools: https://www.killeenisd.org/covid19.
Bell County has published a frequently asked question webpage to add clarity to what businesses are impacted by the countywide directive. Click here to view.
State and federal water regulations have established treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens like viruses from contaminating municipal water systems. Standard treatment and disinfection processes are expected to be effective against the COVID-19 virus.
The City of Killeen Water & Sewer Division conducts thorough TCEQ required compliance monitoring to ensure the safety of your drinking water.
No. The shelter in place directive orders no social gatherings of any size with anyone other than the members of your household.
The Texas Supreme Court issued an order March 19, 2020 halting eviction proceedings statewide until April 19, 2020 effective immediately. At the end of the period, the chief justice can choose whether to renew the order.
There is one exception: Landlords may proceed with eviction cases only if the actions of the occupants “pose an imminent threat” of physical harm to the landlord, the landlord’s employees or other tenants, or if the occupants are engaging in criminal activity.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is primarily a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a “novel” or new coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Other coronaviruses cause mild disease like the common cold.
The virus that causes COVID-19 may be passed from an infected person in several ways, including:
Most patients with COVID-19 may have no or mild symptoms. Some may develop:
If you have not recently travelled to an area with confirmed COVID-19 infections, your risk of infection is extremely low. Should you develop symptoms, it is more likely you have the common cold or Influenza (flu) and you should contact your medical provider for additional guidance.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus. These are exactly the same precautions you would take to avoid coming down with a cold or the flu.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to the virus.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 infection receive supportive treatment including fluids to prevent dehydration, medicines to decrease fever or muscle aches, and sometimes oxygen therapy.
Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is critically important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of becoming infected with the disease. For more information for people at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
If you believe you may be at risk of infection with COVID-19 and you develop symptoms, call ahead to a healthcare provider for additional guidance. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional may work with the county public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.