Local response

Rockwall County Judge David Sweet released a statement Saturday concerning the local response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic.

Rockwall County Judge David Sweet released a statement Saturday concerning the local response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic.

Sweet noted the county has been actively monitoring the situation.

“This is a rapidly changing situation, and Rockwall County is taking a proactive approach to ensure that the county is prepared for any type of emergency response,” Sweet said.

 As of the last report, Rockwall County did not have a positive case of COVID-19. “However, there is now evidence of community spread in the Houston and Dallas areas,” Sweet said. “What this means is that several confirmed cases in both cities are not associated with travel. Community spread is the reason why jurisdictions and states across the nation have declared an emergency.”

Sweet said the county has purchased personal protective equipment (PPE) for the sheriff’s department and has been working with jurisdictions to ensure they are doing the same.

“Rockwall County has also purchased sanitizing equipment, such as electrostatic sprayers, to assist in disinfecting all county facilities,” he added.

Other preparedness items that the county departments have been working on have included Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for all departments; developing policies, procedures, and orders designed to protect residents and employees, identifying resources that may be used during increased periods of social distancing, developing communications plans with jurisdictions and residents, developing COVID-19 specific protocols for the detention center and elder-care outreach and guidance.

Residents can sign up to receive Rockwall County employee emergency notifications by texting “Rockwall” to 888777.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rcemo.

The Texas Health Coronavirus Hotline is available 24/7. Call 682-236-7601 to speak to a nurse or residents can contact the DSHS-COVID-19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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