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As the world continues to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, MCTX is monitoring the trajectory of the cases in our region and is working closely with local, state and national officials to implement proactive measures to ensure the safety of our residents.
At around 4:30 p.m. today, Fort Bend County announced its “Stay Home to Save Lives” order which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3. Harris County issued a similar order “Stay Home, Work Safe” earlier today, March 24, which will also go into effect tonight through April 3. Both orders mandate that citizens:
The orders also:
To get additional details and read the full orders, click on the links below:
“As of now, there are no signs of COVID-19 slowing down, so appropriate actions are being taken,” said Mayor Yolanda Ford. “We need our residents now more than ever to stand together and abide by all of the public health, safety and travel guidelines. Fear and panic can easily set in, so it’s important to think logically during this time and for citizens and stakeholders to know that we’re here for them and will continue to provide excellent service to all of our constituencies.”
To ensure safety of our employees and residents, Missouri City is implementing the following changes in operations and is closing City facilities.
“In addition, to practice social distancing to the best of our abilities, the format of official City meetings will be adjusted. All City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Parks Board meetings will now take place virtually instead of being held in Council Chambers” said Mayor Ford. “Councilmembers and Board members may call-in to these audio meetings, and in the spirit of transparency, residents who wish to listen to the meetings will have the capabilities to do so and provide input.” Additional details on this new initiative will be available on the City website soon.
Residents who participate in the Municipal Solid Waste and Recycling Program are still on schedule to receive pickups. Given the COVID-19 awareness, WCA Waste Corp. is implementing changes including limits to their service hours. If your trash is not picked up by 7 p.m. please contact WCA customer service at 281.403.5800.
To help ensure that social distancing is implemented in MCTX neighborhoods, some Homeowners Associations have closed amenities and cancelled upcoming events/meetings. For more details on these updates, contact your HOA. Residents may get details on their HOA and property managers, by visiting the City website, via this link: http://bit.ly/2QoGkH2.
As the financial impact of this pandemic is already being felt around the world, some City utilities are providing delayed billing and waiving late fees. For the next 60 days, Comcast will not cut off internet services for customers who do not pay their bills, and customers of the Quail Valley Utility District will not lose service for failing to pay bills. CenterPoint customers should contact the utility provider directly regarding service issues.
In addition both Harris and Fort Bend Counties have placed temporary suspensions of eviction within the jurisdictions. For additional details contact the Justice of Peace courts.
To learn more about the effects of COVID-19 and the importance of social distancing, click this link: https://covidactnow.org/state/TX.
“We are taking this pandemic very seriously, and are identifying solutions for the proper balance between the safety of our employees and residents while maintaining City operations,” said Interim City Manager Bill Atkinson. “Although the doors to some City facilities have been closed in alignment with social distancing guidelines and safety precautions, we are still open and conducting business operations via virtual meetings, phone calls, the City website and other online portals.”
To receive accurate and timely information, residents may sign-up to receive alerts through the MCTX Emergency Management website, www.MissouriCityReady.com and the MCTX Twitter account, Twitter.com/MissouriCityEM.
EOC officials also reiterate the importance of practicing healthy hygiene habits and taking the following precautions to help contain this public health crisis:
Officials also recommend the following actions to those who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem:
Individuals who are sick, and are experiencing symptoms like high fever, cough and respiratory problems are advised to contact their health care provider for guidance on next steps. Those without a healthcare provider should contact the Memorial Hermann Nurse Health line at: 832-658-6766.
Local agencies have also established phone banks to assist citizens with general concerns/inquiries regarding COVID-19. See details below:
For Fort Bend County Residents:
For Harris County Residents:
For more updates and news, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).