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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/media/releases/2020/p0625-update-expands-covid-19.html
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The cases in Bell County have been steadily increasing since June 2021. Here are the latest numbers:
Here is Governor Greg Abbott’s latest Executive Order from July 29, 2021. Residents must follow guidelines set by private businesses, as well.
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 continues to change, 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.
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All facilities are under normal operational hours. Masks and social distancing are encouraged, but not mandated. Click each department for their business hours.
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No; However, churches are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation measures. Attendees should check each church website for specific information on how individual religious institutions are conducting their services.
A Texas Supreme Court rejected Governor Aboott’s mask mandate suspension in Texas schools on Aug. 19, allowing schools to require students to wear masks as per the mandates by local authorities. Please visit the individual school website/call the individual school for any additional information on COVID-19 measures they may enforce/follow. Here is a link to Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 site: https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.
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.
Yes. Citizens are encouraged to properly follow CDC guidelines of indoor masking, social distancing and washing hands. Here is also the Governor’s latest Executive Order from July 29. https://www.killeentexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4518/Governors-Executive-Order-GA-38?bidId=
Please follow this link for the latest on halting eviction proceedings. https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus/resources_for_renters
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.
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.