COVID‑19 | #communityofimmunity
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic. To receive official COVID-19 information, sign up for the latest CDC updates. 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 July 19, 2021.
As of July 19, Tarrant County was in a confirmed uptrend for COVID-19 and cases and hospitalizations were increasing. The positivity rate has passed the 10% threshold and brings our Community Spread back up to High. The most recent statistics show just 30% of the county’s 2+ million residents are fully vaccinated. We have to do more to move the needle on vaccinations. We have the tools to help stop the spread of COVID-19: 1) getting vaccinated or, 2) if unvaccinated, by continuing to wear masks covering your nose and mouth and practicing social distancing.
You are encouraged to register for vaccination. Everyone ages 12 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. Visit the Vaccine Finder for locations throughout Tarrant County.
THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE FOLLOWING SOURCES FOR THE MOST CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
- Tarrant County Public Health (including current Tarrant County statistics)
Tarrant County continues accepting registrations for those who wish to receive the vaccine and are within an approved group. Those eligible can register at tarrantcounty.com/covidshot. Everyone ages 12+ is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.
- Dial 2-1-1 to be connected with specialists across the state (available 24/7)
- Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline: 817-248-6299 (available 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily)
Assistance Programs and Resources
FUMC’s Mission Store and Community Food Pantry (229 W 4th Street) offers produce, canned goods, and staple foods on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
View Other Local Food Resources
Rental Assistance Program For Tarrant County Residents
If you have a COVID-related loss of income that keeps you from paying your rent and you live in greater Tarrant County (outside of Fort Worth), rental assistance may be available. Get information and applications at renthelp.tarrantcounty.com.
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.
Second COVID-19 Relief Package
Among its many provisions, the package includes direct payments of up to $600 per adult and child (dependent upon income); unemployment, SNAP, and rental assistance; small business aid; and funding for vaccine distribution.
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.
- FFCRA Fact Sheet for Non-Federal Employees (Federal Employees)
- Responsibilities and Rights under FFCRA
- Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the FFCRA
- Questions and Answers (Q&A) about FFCRA
Assistance for Small Businesses and Employers
- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- View all Coronavirus Relief Options from SBA
- Loans For Texas Small Businesses
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.
- Department of Justice (DOJ) Coronavirus Fraud Prevention
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Avoiding Coronavirus-Related Scams
- VIDEO: Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office (Video 2)
OTHER RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
- Coronavirus-Related Information from the IRS
- YourTexasBenefits.com (Information on food and health benefits and support services)
- All Federal Agency Actions Related to Coronavirus
- FFCRA Fact Sheet for Employees (and Federal Employees)
- Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Information (SBA)
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Nextdoor "Help Map"
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)