Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19)

The purpose of this page is only to offer a general overview of the existing public health situation that is causing facility closures, event cancelations, and service level adjustments. The information on this page was current as of May 28, 2020. 

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic. There is substantial community spread* of COVID-19 in Tarrant County. The public is urged to stay at home if possible, to avoid gatherings with people who are not in the same household, and to limit in-person contact — except for in the pursuit of essential or re-opened services. To receive official COVID-19 information, sign up for the latest CDC updates.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

Wear a Mask to Help Protect Others

THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE FOLLOWING SOURCES FOR THE MOST CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION:

COVID-19 Hotlines

COVID-19 Testing

To check your symptoms, visit Self-Screening for COVID-19. To find the testing location closest to you by visiting covidtest.tdem.texas.gov.

Tarrant County now has COVID-19 testing sites in Fort Worth and Arlington. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. To do a self-screening and make an appointment go to covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com

Guidance for quarantine and data is posted on the CDC website. For non-urgent questions about COVID-19 call the information line at 817-248-6299 (available 24/7). For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com.

Cloth Maks Guidelines

Closures, Cancellations, and Service Level Adjustments

  • CITY HALL: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    Staff will return phone calls and emails during regular business hours (Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  If you are unsure of whom you might need to speak with, please email City Hall or leave a message at 817-985-2105. View the notice that will be posted on all doors to City Hall and Mayor Brian Johnson’s most recent Declaration of Public Health Emergency at cityofkennedale.com/closure
  • LIBRARY: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    During this closure, staff will be returning phone calls and emails during the temporary business hours of Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Summer Reading Club will be offered virtually, with events posted to the Library’s Facebook page.
  • SENIOR CENTER: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    Through a partnership with Sixty & Better, shelf-stable and/or frozen meals are being delivered to members who wish to receive them. If you or someone you know needs nutritional assistance, email City Hall or leave a message at 817-985-2105.
  • PLAYGROUNDS: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
    The parks themselves – including trails, fishing dock, pavilions, and the disc golf course – will remain open, but play structures, swings, and sport courts will be marked as not for use at this time. Normally, the Splash Pad at Sonora Park would open for the summer in May. However, it will remain closed until further notice.

EVENTS

Visit cityofkennedale.com/cal to view the latest cancellations or postponements.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

City Council meetings and any necessary meetings of the various Boards and Commissions are being held via TeleConference and/or VideoConference until further notice. The most recent meeting (if any) will be available on each Board’s webpage. View all recent meetings on the City’s YouTube channel.

KPD Response to COVID-19

  • All employees will wear masks, goggles, and protective gloves, including in the lobby of the Police department
  • Dispatch offering the option to complete reports over the phone for non-violent crimes that do not require an officer on-scene
  • Temperature monitoring, frequent hand washing, and social distancing 
  • Disinfecting vehicles daily with wipes and weekly with mist 
  • Protocols for reduced staffing or symptom development while on shift

Simple Recycling Curbside Service Has Resumed

Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Simple Recycling curbside collection has resumed. View all facility closures, event cancellations, and service level adjustments relating to COVID-19 at www.cityofkennedale.com/covid19.

No Facility Reservations

Reservations are not being accepted or honored for any City facility. If you have questions, please leave a message at 817-985-2136 and Library staff will respond. 

Stay Informed and Engaged

The City of Kennedale will continue to evaluate service levels. Monitor the City’s online presence for current information in this rapidly changing environment:

There is substantial community spread* of COVID-19 in Tarrant County. The public is urged to stay at home if possible, to avoid gatherings with people who are not in the same household, and to limit in-person contact — except for in the pursuit of essential or re-opened services. To receive official COVID-19 information, sign up for the latest CDC updates.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

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Governor Abbott Continues to Expand Business Openings

TOGETHER, WE CAN CONTINUE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

May 1 marked the beginning of the first phase of reopening, under which select businesses — including retailers, malls, movie theaters, and restaurants — could reopen at 25% capacity.

A second wave of reopenings — including salons, barbershops, nail salons, and swimming pools — began Friday, May 8; and beginning Monday, May 18, gyms and non-essential offices and manufacturing facilities were added to the list. On May 22, some outdoor motorsport events and professional sports were able to resume at reduced capacities. 

Water parks can reopen on May 29; recreational sports programs for adults begin May 31 (but games cannot begin until June 15); driver education programs and food court dining areas within shopping malls can also resume operations with limited occupancy or regulations. 

Newly-opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by the DSHS.

President Trump has also announced guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach recommending that a state or region have a downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period before proceeding to a phased reopening.

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Thursday, May 28, 2020, there were more than 1.7 million confirmed cases and more than 101,000 deaths nationwide. Texas has 59,776 cases and 1,601 deaths. Tarrant County had 5,294 cases and 158 deaths. At this time, there have been 11 confirmed cases and 1 death in the City of Kennedale, and there is substantial community spread in Tarrant County.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide now totals more than 5.7 million; more than 2.3 million people have recovered from the virus; and more than 358,000 deaths have been reported, surpassing the 2003-2004 SARS outbreak.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND TESTING INFO

Texans, when able, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household. People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older. Those who do leave home should implement social distancing, utilize cloth face coverings, and  practice good hygiene.

Tarrant County Public Health continues to encourage residents to stay home as much as possible; engage only in essential activities; and maintain social distancing. If you do go out, cover your mouth and nose with a mask or scarf. Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should cancel or postpone nonessential travel.

Tarrant County now has COVID-19 testing sites in Fort Worth and Arlington. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. To do a self-screening and make an appointment go to covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com

Guidance for quarantine and data is posted on the CDC website. For non-urgent questions about COVID-19 call the information line at 817-248-6299 (available 24/7). For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

Pursuant to a Declaration signed by Mayor Brian Johnson, the City of Kennedale will recognize the more restrictive of the rules adopted by the State of Texas and by Tarrant CountyHowever, staff cannot interpret any directives imposed at these levels of government. Each business or individual must consult the State and County documents to determine how your business or personal activities might be impacted.

Why you should wear a mask

Assistance to Workers and their Families

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 ( or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 from April 1 through December 31, 2020. 

Assistance for Small Businesses and Employers

Fraud and Scam Protection

As the number of people with Coronavirus grows, so does the number of scammers trying to take advantage of our collective fear and anxiety to steal our money. Please be wary of anyone requesting your identifying information through emails or phone calls. Be careful about online sales pitches and requests for information purporting to protect your health and well-being. If you have a question about a call or message you have received, call non-emergency dispatch at 817-478-5416 to speak with an officer. KPD is committed to helping you verify the validity of any communication and preventing you from falling victim to fraud.

Administration Actions and Federal Agency Resources

USA.gov is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus

Federal agencies’ coronavirus websites with important information and guidance: 

  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Department of Education (DoED)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of State (DOS) (View All Travel Advisories)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Department of the Treasury (USDT) (Assistance for Small Businesses)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)