National information and basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
State level information and resources
Texas Department of State Health Services
County specific resources
Harris County Public Health
Public safety officials in the City of Pearland are closely monitoring coronavirus news and impacts associated with this illness via regular updates provided by County, State, and National public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The City of Pearland is taking steps to ensure the continuity of essential city services and minimize the consequences to the community in the event that this illness spreads to our community.
The CDC emphasizes that this is still an evolving situation and offers the following risk assessment:
“For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 have been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk for exposure.”
There are practical steps each of us can take, however, not only to prevent the spread of the coronavirus but also seasonal flu, which has had far greater impact on the U.S. and remains a significant health hazard. the CDC suggests:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly soiled.”
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as this is the most common means by which viruses are introduced into the body.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the illness to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone who is inflicted with a contagious illness.
It is extremely important to get your information about COVID-19 from a reputable source. For accurate and timely information use the following resoruces:
- Official National Sources (protective and recovery measures and national case statistics)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
- Official State Source (State level case statiticss and resources)
Texas Department of State Health Services
- County specific resources (County level case statistics and local resources)
Harris County Public Health
Brazoria County Health Department
Fort Bend County Health and Human Services
Please do not rely on social media for important health information. If social media is your go-to source for news, avoid believing or spreading inaccurate information from unofficial people and pages. Always verify information from a reputable source. Follow the agencies below on Facebook and Twitter for official information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Facebook and Twitter
- World Health Organization Facebook and Twitter
- Texas Department of State Health Services Facebook and Twitter
- Brazoria County Facebook and Twitter
- Harris County Public Health Facebook and Twitter
- Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Facebook and Twitter
City of Pearland Response
Facilities, Parks, and Other Measures
Updated March 17 at 5:20 p.m.
City Staff have made the following adjustments to City-owned facilities and events. Staff will continue to monitor circumstances pertaining to COVID-19 and revisit closures, cancellations, and postponements as events progress.
Jury Duty cancelled through May 1.
Recreation Center & Natatorium
Closed through March 24.
Knapp Activity Center
Closed through March 24; Customers receiving meal service from the Knapp Center can call 281.652.1890 to guarantee that service will continue.
Paws in the Park (including the H-E-B Pet & Owner Fun Run) and Earth Day are CANCELLED. The first two weeks of Concerts in the Park, which was to begin in May, are also cancelled.
Parks and Recreation Programming
Cancelled through March 30.
Pearland Parks and Open Spaces (Independence Park, Centennial Park, Southdown Park etc.)
COVID-19 Pearland PSA
For Local Employers and Businesses
COVID-19: Local Employer Resources
We recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus and the impact that it will have on our community. Emergency measures - while critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 - are already having an economic impact on individuals, businesses, and communities and these impacts likely will be felt for months to come. The City and the City’s Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) understand that our local employers are vital to our community’s economy and is committed to facilitating communications and support from state and local resources during this time. Below are some local resources that can provide assistance during this disruption.
Additional federal and state government resources may be available in the future – as these resources become available, we will update this information.
CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an interim guide to assist businesses and employers plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus Disease. The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as the result of COVID-19.
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Texas is currently working with the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the SBA to qualify for this declaration. Assistance will only be available to small businesses when the SBA determines they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. When the declaration is granted for the SBA EIDL program, applicants will receive information on how to apply for their loan.
These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
Additional information can be found on the COVID-19: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources page on the SBA’s website.
Like all states, the process for these loans within the State of Texas is still being developed.
Frequently Asked Questions
City first responders—the Pearland Police Department, Fire Department, and Public Works Department – will continue “business as usual” as provide usual service to the community. Our first responders will provide the same coverage for the City it always has with no changes in personnel volume at this time. Pearland PD encourages citizens to utilize Online Reporting to make reports online as they arise, as necessary.
- Information regarding closures of facilities, parks, and events is available on the City of Pearland website https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/coronavirus-covid-19.
- Pearland Municipal Courts has announced that all jury duty will be cancelled through April 16.
- Pearland Parks and Recreation has announced:
- Rec Center and Natatorium – closed through March 24.
- Knapp Activity Center – closed until further notice.
- Special Events through March 30 are postponed; dates TBA.
- Park programming cancelled through March 30.
According to the Centers for Disease Control - Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provide for medical advice.
Regarding testing: Brazoria County is working with medical providers in the county. Currently there are neither presumed positive cases, nor confirmed cases in Pearland.
Local and state health authorities have established testing locations locally and throughout the Houston area if a citizen has been referred for testing by their healthcare provider.
For local alerts: Sign up for the City’s e-alerts located at the top of the age.
For county alerts: Subscribe to the alert pages provided by Brazoria County and/or follow the county’s social media channels.