Bell County COVID-19 FAQ
**Responses are subject to change**
Revised 06/24/2020 @ 4:00PM
When can my business open? Will there be stipulations to opening?
- Governor Abbott issued The Governor’s Report to Open Texas on April 27, 2020. This document guides the opening of Texas.
- View the report at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
- Questions regarding the opening of any business or guidance for open businesses can be directed to http://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/
When are updates available?
- Bell County Public Health District website bellcountyhealth.org will update around 4pm M-F
- Press conferences are scheduled as needed
- Watch the local media for information
What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?
The following symptoms may occur after 2-14 days of exposure:
- Fever, cough, shortness of breath
- Fever can be low grade such as 99.0F
- Cough may be productive or not
- Chest pain
When should I seek emergency medical attention?
- Severe difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or difficulty to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
How do I seek medical care?
- Call your local provider prior to your visit
- If you do not have a provider, Baylor Scott & White will assign one to you, via https://my.bswhealth.com/login
- Click on set up an account and follow the prompts
- You will fill out a short COVID-19 screening form and be able to have an e-visit with a provider to see if you need testing.
Can I meet with out of county health care providers?
How does the virus spread?
- Spreads from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another closer than 6 feet via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
Can a person develop an immunity?
- Research is currently insufficient
How do I protect myself?
- Washing your hands OFTEN for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap especially after being in a public place or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- If soap is not available use a hand sanitizer.
- Sneeze into a tissue and toss in the trash, then wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet apart from others in public
- Limit close personal contact with others in public
Who is considered a direct contact?
- Person within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
- Having direct contact with the infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case such as being coughed on
How do I know if I am at higher risk of severe illness?
- Over the age of 60
- Heart disease
- Lung disease including asthma
- Kidney disease
- Pregnant women
- Immunocompromised such as HIV, autoimmune diseases, and cancer
How can I clean and disinfect my surroundings and laundry?
- Wear gloves when possible when cleaning
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. CDC has a 7 page list of cleaners on their website
- Lysol or Clorox cleaners are preferred. Items such as baby wipes will not kill the virus
- A bleach solution for surfaces can be made using 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- For clothing, use the warmest water and launder as labeled
- Use a separate laundry bag for people infected
Can I visit my family in the nursing home retirement facility or long-term care facility?
- No, visitation is prohibited per the governor’s executive order with the exception of those that provide critical assistance.
- Any questions related to school closures, openings or activities, please direct to the appropriate ISD.
Face Covering Requirements
- All businesses shall require employees, including volunteers, to have a face covering when either in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public, where six (6) feet of separation from other individuals is not feasible.
- All business shall require that all visitors, to include contractors and vendors, wear face coverings while on the business’ premises.
- Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
- Exercising or physical activity inside or outside
- Driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security rick
- While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
- While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening for example, banks
- When consuming food or drink
- Percentage of occupancy is the responsibility of the individual business to manage. Occupancy load information can be obtained through the local building/inspection department or local Fire Marshal’s office.
- Face coverings for an individual business’ staff and patrons are the responsibility of that individual business to manage.
- Comments or concerns about enforcement of the governor’s executive order or the judge’s directives, call the Bell County COVID-19 Hotline at (254) 933-5203
Failure to comply is an offense punishable by a fine of up to $1000 per day.