COVID-19 NEWS & INFORMATION
cITY OF ANNA PREPARES FOR COVID-19The City of Anna’s top priority is the health and safety of Anna Neighbors and employees. Efforts are underway to prepare for the virus and reduce its spread should COVID-19 come to Anna. We are working closely with County and State health officials and monitoring developing impacts of the virus. Please, refer to the City’s Facebook page and website for important communications on COVID-19 and its impact on the community and municipal operations. Updates, resources and other information which may be of value to Anna Neighbors during this time will be posted on an ongoing basis. The City has, also, established an email address for your specific questions related to COVID-19, COVIDemail@example.com. Your concerns are important to us and will be addressed as they are received.
Check this section and the link below for the COVID-19 cases in Anna and Collin County.
Check this section often for the most up-to-date, current happenings related to COVID-2019.
The City of Anna is urging Anna Neighbors to follow Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), recommendations and wear cloth face masks in public settings to slow the spread of COVID-19. This helps people from catching the virus and those that do not know they have it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face masks made at home can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure in addition to staying in, social distancing and hand washing. A CDC video and guidance document on how to make cloth face masks at home is below.
Please note, surgical masks are in short supply and continue to be reserved for front line healthcare workers and first responders.
The election that was scheduled for May 2, 2020 to elect Council Members for places 3, 4 and 5 has been postponed to November 3, 2020. The candidate filings for the postponed election will remain valid for the election held in November, and the candidate filing period will not be re-opened for the November election date. All applications for ballot by mail for voters that are voting by mail due to being over the age of 65 or due to a disability will still be valid for the postponed election. All applications for ballot by mail for voters who submitted by mail based on absence from the county will not be valid for the postponed election. The ordinance postponing the election and key dates for the November 3, 2020 election are listed below.
Collin County Judge Chris Hill issued a third executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order calls for fair and equitable compensation of health care providers and emergency responders. The Order of the County Judge is below.
Governor Greg Abbott issued another Executive Order aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order directs Texans to:
Documents relating to Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order are listed below.
3/24/2020The City Council passed Ordinance No. 848-2020, City of Anna Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency. The ordinance is below.
City of Anna Ordinance Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency
3/24/2020Collin County Judge Chris Hill issued a second executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order requires anyone who is sick, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or been exposed to COVID-19 to stay at home except to seek medical or emergency care. All businesses and employers are ordered to take actions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under the order, all businesses are considered essential and may remain open, however, persons shall avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. The Order of the County Judge is below.
Second Executive Order of the County Judge
The City of Anna Utility Billing Department will continue regular operations to provide Anna Neighbors with clean, safe drinking water, as well as wastewater service, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective March 17, 2020 and through the Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency, the City of Anna will not perform service shut-offs due to non-payment. All penalties and fees associated with late payments will, also, be waived during this time. Access to the Municipal Annex housing the Utility Billing Department is outlined in the section on Building Access, Status of Meetings and Programs below. Payment methods and options are outlined in the section on Municipal Operations below.
The Public Works Department would also like to remind Anna Neighbors that only toilet paper should be flushed down the drain. Flushing other items down the toilet may lead to clogs in personal sewer lines that may lead to back-ups in homes, clogs in the City’s sewer lines and lift stations that may lead to disrepair of City facilities, and damage to wastewater treatment equipment. Wipes may indicate that they are flushable but they often lead to clogs because they do not break down completely like toilet paper. Anna Neighbors are urged to dispose of used cleaning and sanitizing wipes by throwing them in the garbage. PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH THE “FLUSHABLES!”
The City of Anna’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) increased to a Level 2 Activation from a Level 3 Activation. A Level 2 Activation is a mid-level activation that establishes essential emergency support functions and puts in place appropriate resources to respond during disasters and public health emergencies.
Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The Executive Order directs Texans to:
The Executive Order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Anna has been confirmed. City officials are monitoring the situation closely. Please, remember to adhere to the currently recommended safety procedures outlined in the Collin County Public Guidance Report below and continue to practice social distancing as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, (CDC). If you suspect that you or a loved one may have symptoms of COVID-19, please, follow the recommended protocol in the Collin County COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions document below.
Mayor Nate Pike declared a local state of disaster and public health emergency for the City of Anna. This declaration authorizes the City to take any actions necessary to promote the public health and suppress disease. The proclamation is below.
Collin County Judge Chris Hill declared a state of disaster and public health emergency for Collin County. In the proclamation that was passed, he said it is critical to take additional steps to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of Collin County citizens. The proclamation is below.
Recognizing the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Anna activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at a Level 3 Activation. The EOC is where the City organizes preparedness and response activities related to probable events that could arise from the spread of COVID-19. A Level 3 Activation means the City of Anna is monitoring the situation, notifying emergency support personnel to be in a state of readiness and coordinating disaster planning efforts with partner agencies.
The Collin County Health Department has activated all its public health staff and Medical Reserve Corps to assist in the response to COVID-19. More information on Collin County’s efforts and those of other agencies as well as the City of Anna has been posted on the City’s of Anna’s Facebook.
The Fire Department, Emergency Management Division sent out communications and educational announcements about COVID-19 to Anna Neighbors on social media. They are closely monitoring the developments of the virus and initiating outreach efforts so Anna Neighbors have the most up-to-date, relevant and factual information regarding the virus.
building access, status of meetings and programs
To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to Anna neighbors and employees, the City of Anna is practicing social distancing. The City is taking steps to reduce situations where Anna neighbors and employees are in close contact with each other. As a result, City offices are subject to closure and municipal meetings may be cancelled or postponed at any time. A list of meeting cancellations, postponements, office closures and program suspensions is listed below.
Meetings on Schedule
public safety operations
PUBLIC SAFETY OPERATIONS
daytime juvenile curfew Law
As a friendly reminder, even though school is closed, the daytime juvenile curfew law is still in effect. During the school closure, students should be home during what would be “normal” school hours . Since the school has implemented "distance learning" protocals, students are still required and bound by compulsory attendance laws.
The City of Anna is committed to maintaining the highest levels of service possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has options in place for conducting business with the City from your home or other remote location.
Pay your utility bill four ways.
Pay your court fines two ways.
Submit Your Development & Zoning Applications Electronically.
Submit your contractor registrations, residential Permits and Certificates of Occupancy electronically.
Submit your commercial permit applications in a mailbox outside the public works building
submit your Fire PLAN REVIEWS and inspection requests ELECTRoNICALLY
What to do if you suspect you or a loved one has COVID-19If you or a loved one has symptoms of COVID-19 or been exposed to it, please, contact your healthcare provider or go to an emergency department. Patients are being asked to call their healthcare provider or emergency department ahead of time so personnel can collaborate care in a safe manner. In many cases, patients are being told to wear a mask (if one is available) and wait outside until they can be helped.
Both Baylor, Scott & White and HCA are offering online pre-screening.
Texas Health has established a COVID-19 hotline. The hotline number is 682-236-7601 and will connect you with a nurse that is able to respond to your questions and concerns about COVID-19.
Hospitals close to Anna include the following:
All suspected cases of COVID-19 are reportable to Collin County Health Department. To report a suspected case of COVID-19, please call 972-548-4707.
WHAT ANNA NEIGHBORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
How does COVID-19 spread?
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID‑19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
Shortness of breath
How can I prevent infection?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
If you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and you have been exposed to an exposed person with COVID‑19 in the last 14 days, you should contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.
Where do I find additional information?
For additional information, a DSHS COVID-19 Call Center has been established and an e-mail created to receive incoming questions from the general public.
DSHS COVID-19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
Collin County Health Department
Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control - CDC