COVID-19 FAQ's

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?

 

Medical

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?

  • Yes

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
  • Diabetes
  • 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.


School ISD

  • 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

 

Enforcement

  • 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.