COVID-19 NEWS & INFORMATION 

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cITY OF ANNA PREPARES FOR COVID-19

The 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, COVID-19@annatexas.gov.  Your concerns are important to us and will be addressed as they are received.

COVID-19 STATISTICS

Check this section and the link below for the COVID-19 cases in Anna and Collin County.

Collin County COVID-19 Statistics

IMPORTANT UPDATES

Check this section often for the most up-to-date, current happenings related to COVID-2019. 

4/4/2020

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.  

CDC Video How to Make Cloth Face Masks at Home

CDC Guidance Document How to Make Cloth Face Masks at Home

Please note, surgical masks are in short supply and continue to be reserved for front line healthcare workers and first responders.

4/2/2020

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.

  • October 5, 2020 - Voter Registration Deadline
  • October 23, 2020 - Applications for Ballot By Mail Deadline
  • October 19, 2020 through October 30, 2020 - Early Voting 

City of Anna Ordinance Postponing Election from May 2, 2020 to November 3, 2020

3/31/2020

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.

Third Executive Order of the County Judge

3/31/2020

Governor Greg Abbott issued another Executive Order aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.  The Executive Order directs Texans to:

  1. Adhere to social distancing recommendations.
  2. Minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
  3. Provide or obtain essential services through remote telework from home unless the essential services cannot be provided through remote telework, then, the Guidelines from the President and Center for Disease Control should be followed.  
  4. Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios or cosmetology salon; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pick-up, and delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged.
  5. Abstain from visiting nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities or critical facilities except to provide critical assistance.
  6. Engage in daily activities such as physical activity like walking or jogging so long as necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
  7. Keep schools closed to in-person classroom attendance.

Documents relating to Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order are listed below.

Executive Order GA 14 By the Governor of the State of Texas

Steps To Determine If A Business Is An Essential Service By Texas Executive Order G 14

Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker’s During COVID-19

President’s Coronavirus Guidelines

3/26/2020

The City Council passed Ordinance No. 850-2020, extending the City of Anna Declaration and Public Health Emergency.  This ordinance puts in place Stay-At-Home Orders for Anna Neighbors and requires non-essential businesses to close operations.  The ordinance and Stay-At-Home Order is below.

City of Anna Ordinance Extending Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency

Stay-At-Home Order

3/24/2020

The 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

3/24/2020

Collin 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

3/24/2020

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!”

3/23/2020

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.

3/19/2020 

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:

  1. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  2. Avoid eating and drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged.
  3. Abstain from visiting nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  4. Keep schools closed, temporarily.  

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.

Executive Order GA 08 By the Governor of the State of Texas

March 19, 2020 Video Message from the Mayor

3/18/2020

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.

Collin County COVID-19 Public Guidance Report

Collin County COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

3/17/2020

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.

City of Anna Proclamation Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency

March 17, 2020 Video Message from the Mayor, AISD and Chamber

3/16/2020

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.

Collin County Proclamation Declaration of Disaster and Public Health Emergency

3/13/2020

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.  

3/11/2020

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.  

3/2/2020

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. 

city parks

  • All facilities in City Parks are closed until further notice.  This includes athletic fields, courts, the skate park and splash pad at Slayter Creek Park, the paw park at Natural Springs Park and the train depot at Sherley Heritage park.  Playgrounds, pavilions, gazebos and restrooms are closed at all parks.  Anna Neighbors are still encouraged to use open space and trails as long as a six foot distance is maintained from other neighbors, and there is no gathering of groups larger than ten people.

BUILDING ACCESS

  • The Municipal Annex, Utility Billing and Municipal Court is closed to the general public at this time.  Neighbors are encouraged to use alternative payment options for utility bills and court fines listed below.
  • City Hall, the Public Works and Planning & Development Building and Inc. Cube housing Economic Development, Community Services and Code Compliance is closed to the general public at this time.  Prior to visiting any municipal building, please, contact the respective department to request a meeting.  City contact information is listed here.

Meeting Cancellations 

  • The Planning & Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for April has been cancelled.  
  • All Parks Advisory Board meetings and Community and Economic Development Corporation meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • Any and all non-essential meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Meeting Postponements

  • Municipal Court has rescheduled the court docket that was set for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to Tuesday, April 14, 2020.  For those that cannot make a personal appearance in court, please, refer to the alternatives for payment of  citations and below.

Meetings on Schedule

  • City Council meetings are still being held on their regularly scheduled dates.  They are being recorded and streamed live via Facebook for Anna Neighbors to view.  Since the City is practicing social distancing, only ten people are permitted in the Council Chambers at a time. Therefore, neighbors are encouraged to refrain from attending the meeting.  Those who wish to speak may complete a Speaker Registration Form located here and email it to the City Secretary, Carrie Land, at CLand@annatexas.gov by 5:00 pm.  Comments from the Speaker Registration Form will be read into the record.  

PROGRAM SUSPENSIONS

  • Fire station tours and ride-outs are suspended until further notice.
  • The solicitor permit program is suspended.  All solicitors with active permits are prohibited from soliciting in the City.
  • Food trucks and mobile vendors are not allowed in the City until further notice.  The itinerant vendor program through which they are permitted through is suspended.    
  • All special event permits are revoked, and requests for new special event permits are not being taken until further notice.
  • All pavilion, gazebo and baseball field rentals are suspended and requests for new rentals will not be taken until further notice.

public safety operations

PUBLIC SAFETY OPERATIONS

  • Emergency response services continue to operate as normal.
  • The Anna Police Department has implemented the following operational changes:
    • Police will respond to all calls for service where a crime is in progress
    • Police will respond to all accidents where there are injuries, major damage, roadway blockage, a hit and run is involved and a disturbance occurs
    • Officers will only respond to accidents on private property when the aforementioned conditions exist, otherwise, drivers are encouraged to exchange information and contact their respective insurance companies
    • Police will handle most “report” calls via phone if the situation is:
      • Not in progress
      • Non-violent in nature (i.e. crimes involving property damage, fraud, or theft)
      • No crime scene/physical evidence is present
      • Civil in nature with no immediate threat of violence

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. 

municipal operations

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.

  • Online at  https://www.annatexas.gov/1034/Pay-Utility-Bill-Online.
  • By phone call toll free to 1-866-480-8552. 
  • At the City’s kiosk located at 101 South Powell Parkway with cash, check, credit or debit card used as credit.
  • At the City’s drop box located at 101 South Powell Parkway.
  • For account inquiries and payments you may call 972-924-3325.
  • For deferrals and payment plans, please, fill out the form located here.   
  • Additional information on Utility operations and how to pay your bill is located here.

Pay your court fines two ways.

  • Online at www.trafficpayment.com with your ticket number located on the ticket itself, and the fine on the envelope provided by the Officer.
  • By phone call toll free to 1-800-444-1187.
  • For court inquiries and payments you may call 972-924-3325.
  • To submit documentation by email, please, contact Norfe Garcia at NGarcia@annatexas.
  • Additional information on Municipal Court operations and how to pay a court fine is located here.

Submit Your Development & Zoning Applications Electronically.

  • Lauren Mecke at LMecke@annatexas.gov or Olivia Demings at OHeard@annatexas.gov can assist you with the submittal process.
  • Payments should be by check, made out to the City of Anna and sent to the Planning & Development Department, P.O. Box 776, Anna, Texas 75409.
  • Additional information on Planning & Development operations during COVID-2019 is located here.

Submit your contractor registrations, residential Permits and Certificates of Occupancy electronically.

  • Residential permit applications, contractor registrations, certificates of occupancy and sign applications should be submitted to Sarah Blakely at SBlakely@annatexas.gov.
  • Payments should be by check, made out to the City of Anna and sent to the Building Inspections Department, P.O. Box 776, Anna, Texas 75409.
  • Additional information on Building operations during COVID-2019 is located here.

Submit your commercial permit applications in a mailbox outside the public works building

  • Commercial permit applications require hard copies.  They should be dropped off during working hours in a mailbox outside the Public Works building located at 3223 N. Powell Parkway.  
  • Payments should be by check, made out to the City of Anna and sent to the Building Inspections Department, P.O. Box 776, Anna, Texas 75409.
  • Additional information on Building operations during COVID-2019 is located here.

submit your Fire PLAN REVIEWS and inspection requests ELECTRoNICALLY

  • James Dockray at JDockray@annatexas.gov can assist you with the submittal process.
  • Fire plan reviews should be submitted to firecad@annatexas.gov.
  • Fire inspection requests should be submitted to firecad@annatexas.gov.
  • Payments should be by check, made to the City of Anna and placed at the drop box located at 101 South Powell Parkway. When making payments, please, include the form located here.  This form must be filled out in its entirety and signed off by the Fire Marshall prior to making payment.

What to do if you suspect you or a loved one has COVID-19

If 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.

Baylor, Scott & White Pre-Screening

HCA 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:

  • Baylor Scott & White McKinney, 5252 W University Drive, 469-764-1000
  • HCA Medical City of McKinney/Medical City ER Stonebridge , 4500 Medical Center Drive, Mckinney, 972-547-8000
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, 1105 Central Expressway, Allen, 972-747-1000
  • Baylor, Scott & White Centennial, 12505 Lebanon Road, Frisco, 469-764-8000
  • Baylor, Scott & White Frisco, 5601 Warren Parkway, Frisco, 214-407-5000
  • Baylor, Scott & White Plano, 4700 Alliance Boulevard, Plano, 469-814-2000
  • HCA Medical City of Plano, 3901 West 15th Street Plano 972-596-6800
  • Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, 6200 West Parker Road Plano, 972-981-8000
  • Wilson N Jones Medical Center, 500 North Highland Avenue, Sherman, 903-870-4611

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:

Fever

Cough

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:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

What do I do if I think I may have COVID-19? 

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.

Email: coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov

DSHS COVID-19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Collin County Health Department

https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/news.aspx

Texas Department of State Health Services

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/

Centers for Disease Control - CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html