About the Coronavirus
The following information and resources regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. CDC is responding to an outbreak of this disease that was first detected in China, which has now been detected in most countries worldwide, including the United States. Reported illnesses caused by COVID-19 have ranged from very mild (including some with no symptoms) to severe, including death. Common symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
COVID-19 is a pandemic. A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide. The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries.
People at Risk
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions - like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example - seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
Protecting Yourself & Your Family
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this public health threat. CDC recommends following everyday preventative actions to stay healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Face Masks Recommended
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Current Local Mask Mandate Information
There has recently been some back and forth between state and county officials regarding mask mandates. A reverse timeline of these events is below. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also has a live timeline on its website. The City of Coppell is closely following the rulings and developments that are handed down from the court system. The City will not issue mandates until the issue is more clearly decided in the courts. The City encourages residents to follow CDC guidelines.
- 8/16/21 – Judge Jenkins Amends Mask Mandate Order Removing Enforcement Measures
- 8/15/21 – Texas Supreme Court Issues Stay Orders Temporarily Blocking Dallas County Mask Mandate
- 8/13/21 – Governor Abbott and AG Paxton File an Appeal to the Texas Supreme Court
- 8/13/21 – Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas Rules in Favor of Judge Jenkins
- 8/11/21 – Governor Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton File Petition for Appeal of Dallas County Mask Mandate
- 8/11/21 – Judge Jenkins Issues Mask Mandate for Dallas County
- 8/10/21 – Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker Issues Temporary Restraining Order on Governor Abbott’s Mask Mandate Ban
- 8/9/21 – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins files a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order on Governor Abbott’s Mask Mandate Ban
- 7/29/21 – Governor Greg Abbott Issues Executive Order (GA-38) Prohibiting Government Entities From Mandating Masks or Requiring Vaccines
- CDC will provide the most up-to-date information and guidance as it becomes available on the COVID-19 Situation Summary page.
- Read up on the latest information about COVID-19 in the U.S.
- Learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities such as work, schools, events, and more by visiting CDC's preparedness and action page.
- View the COVID-19 Global Cases Map by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University.