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An Update From Mayor Mitcham on Coronavirus
03/12/2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

 

I wanted to take a moment to address the developing situation with the COVID-19 virus outbreak and how our City is responding and preparing for the fight.

 

This afternoon I participated in a conference call with Governor Abbott along with other Texas mayors and judges. We were briefed on the current situation in Texas and what resources are available to county and municipal authorities to respond effectively to the growing threat. Here are a few takeaways from that call:

 

  • There are currently 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas with 104 additional individuals undergoing testing and investigation.
  • 1 case is considered of unknown, non-travel-related origin and being treated as indication of early community spread.
  • As more testing occurs, numbers of reported cases are expected to rise.
  • The State is well prepared for laboratory testing at both public and private labs. Agencies are working to increase capacity to meet future demand as more testing kits are made available.
  • To receive a test for COVID-19, the current protocols require a doctor’s order and recommendation. Therefore, if you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your Primary Care Provider or a local clinic and follow their professional advice.
  • Vulnerable populations, including seniors and those with immune-compromised conditions, are advised to avoid large gatherings and limit interactions with others.
  • The State has a website with the most up-to-date information and recommendations at https://dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/

 

At a City level, I have spoken with our City Manager, Austin Bleess, to review our disaster response plans and other continuity plans, making sure the most important functions of local government—public safety, emergency services, and utilities—will continue to operate effectively, and that our first responders have ample access to Personal Protective Equipment. I’m happy to report that our staff has been in the process of preparing for weeks. I will continue to meet with City leadership as often as necessary.

 

The overall goal at this time is to do what we can to slow the spread of the virus and, therefore, prevent emergency services and healthcare providers from becoming overwhelmed. To this end, the City of Jersey Village is cancelling events in the near-term, including the upcoming Concerts in the Park. We will be making decisions on other upcoming events such as Spring Fling and the Easter Egg Hunt closer to those events. We are also assessing the situation with our municipal court leadership and will make a decision soon regarding jury duty, court cases, and other items. 

 

Monday’s City Council meeting will still be held, but we advise anyone experiencing symptoms or those with weakened immune systems to stay home. Our Council Meetings are always available live online via YouTube and you can always email your questions or comments to myself or any other member of Council to become part of the record. Monitor the City’s social media accounts and/or sign up for the email notification list on the City website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Jersey Village is such a great community for many reasons, but our citizens’ willingness to help others rises to the top in times like these. Undoubtedly, this unfolding situation will impact the most vulnerable in our community. Please take the time to check on your neighbors and do what you can to help. I want to thank our first responders who selflessly put themselves at-risk and consistently answer the call to help others. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

 

Lastly, I know this time is stressful on many levels, but we will get through this. Remain calm, practice basic sanitation procedures often, stay informed, follow professional advice, and make the best decisions for yourself and your family.

 

Warm Regards,

Andrew Mitcham 

Mayor