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Missouri City officials and staff are continuing to work closely with local, state and federal experts to implement proactive measures that will ensure the safety of citizens and stakeholders.
To further assist all MCTX constituencies during this public health crisis, here are some frequently asked questions and associated responses:
Yes; the City received notification on Saturday, March 28 that an individual who attended the March 16, 2020 Special and Regular Missouri City Council Meetings has tested positive for COVID-19. On the same day, Mayor Yolanda Ford issued a public statement letting residents know that the “City’s thoughts and support are with the individual. It is not known whether this individual had symptoms prior to or during the meeting and if anyone who attended the meetings has concerns, they should contact their doctor and ask him or her for guidance on quarantine protocol.” See Mayor Ford’s complete statement here: https://bit.ly/3aBiFeQ.
No; City officials and staff cannot comment per the Texas Health & Safety Code and per the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), a law that protects the privacy of individuals’ medical records and other health information. Additionally, the laws stipulate that an entity cannot provide medical information on an individual without his or her specific consent.
Dry cough, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing. If individuals are experiencing any of these symptoms, they are encouraged to contact a doctor or testing site and to stay home for 14 days.
Yes, both Harris and Fort Bend counties have testing centers open now. Individuals are required to complete a self-assessment tool to determine, if they are qualified to get tested at these sites. For details on the assessment tool, testing centers and other COVID-19 information visit the respective county websites below:
For assistance, citizens can also call:
Yes. During this crisis, several local stores have made special accommodations for those at higher risk, including senior citizens. For a list of stores with details on services and unique hours, click this link: https://bit.ly/33X6iXH.
City officials and staff are proactively responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines. Actions include:
In compliance with the Stay Home orders issued by Fort Bend and Harris Counties, some City facilities are closed to the public through Friday, April 3. This includes Municipal Court, the Recreation & Tennis Center, Inspections & Permits, the Visitors Center, the Community Center, the City Hall front lobby, Council Chambers and the Old Municipal Courtroom.
The Animal Shelter will schedule visitations by appointment only for the next 30 days. For questions, please call 281.403.8707.
The Quail Valley Golf Course remains open for play and the City Centre is cancelling all events until the end of the month. The Bluebonnet Grille is open for carry-out only. For information, please call 281.403.5910.
All City parks are still open to the public. New pavilion rentals will not be scheduled until April 13; however, existing rentals will not be cancelled.
Municipal Solid Waste service is still on schedule; residents can contact WCA customer service at 281.403.5800 for details on pickups.
The City’s websites, www.missouricitytx.gov and www.missouricityready.com, Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, Twitter—@MissouriCityTX and @MissouriCityEM, and Nextdoor and Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).
Fort Bend County’s “Stay Home to Save Lives” order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 and will run through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3. Harris County issued a similar order “Stay Home, Work Safe” on March 24 and it is also effective through April 3.
Both orders mandate that:
The full orders may be found here: Fort Bend County - https://bit.ly/2WFMeri | Harris County - https://bit.ly/3ahVQws
Businesses looking for resources during the shutdown may contact the Small Business Administration (SBA) at 1800-659-2955. Businesses may also visit their website at www.sba.gov. Additionally, businesses are encouraged to contact their mortgage companies and/or landlords to ask about options available during this time.
No. Both Harris and Fort Bend Counties have placed temporary suspensions of eviction within their jurisdictions. For additional details, contact the Justice of the Peace courts.