(COVID-19) Archived Information

Update: June 30

County Judge KP George’s Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health and Order on Facial Coverings for Commercial Entities was extended by the Commissioners’ Court to continue through July 31, 2020. The order requires all commercial entities with a physical location within Fort Bend County providing goods and services directly to the public, must require that all employees and visitors to their business premises or other facilities to wear face coverings.

An update from the city of Sugar Land: June 25

Fort Bend County’s mask order took effect today and supersedes Sugar Land’s mask order relating to businesses and commercial entities. The county’s order requires commercial entities’ employees and visitors to wear face coverings when in an area or performing activity that involves close proximity with co-workers or the public. Failure of the commercial entity to comply with the requirements may result in a fine up to $500 for each violation. Violations may be reported to 311 or 281-275-2900.

Sugar Land’s mask order will continue to provide guidance on city facilities such as City Hall, other municipal buildings and facilities, and all outdoor public areas. Face coverings do not need to be worn in public areas when exercising outside or engaging in outside physical activity. Read Sugar Land’s full order for other details. Sugar Land’s order is intended to supplement the county’s order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and keep Sugar Land safe; however, Executive Order GA-26 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott does not allow civil or criminal penalties for failure to wear a face covering in public. Sugar Land’s order follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Texas Department of State Health Services; and Sugar Land’s public health authority, Dr. Joe Anzaldua.

An update from the city of Sugar Land: June 23

Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman has signed a mask order through July 7 to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and keep Sugar Land safe. The order follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Texas Department of State Health Services; and Sugar Land’s public health authority, Dr. Joe Anzaldua. Effective immediately, all businesses must require employees or visitors to wear face coverings when 6 feet of separation is not feasible. Non-compliance could result in a fine of up to $1,000 for business owners. Violations should be reported to 311 or (281) 275-2900. The order also requires face coverings to be worn in public areas where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of separation; however, Executive Order GA-26 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott does not allow civil or criminal penalties for failure to wear a face covering in public.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman: June 11

Mayor Zimmerman provides the latest on the City’s response and recovery efforts in line with Phase 3 of the Governor’s Open Texas Plan.

What to know --

  • Under Phase 3, all businesses in Texas are able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Effective this Friday, June 12, restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
  • COVID-19 is still actively spreading throughout our county and the city is working with our partners to closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. We ask that you continue to remain vigilant and protect yourselves when you leave your home by following all CDC, state and local health authority guidelines.
  • If you have questions or concerns as we continue to safely reopen Sugar Land, please contact 311 www.sugarlandtx.gov/311.

Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas

An update from Dr. Joe Anzaldua, city of Sugar Land health authority: May 27

As we slowly resume our normal lives under orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, we must continue to protect our most vulnerable populations. A strong economy is important, but the safety of our community will always be our first priority. Until we have a vaccine, we must learn to live with the threat of this disease. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, has been working closely with staff and regional health officials to gradually reopen businesses and city facilities. A slow, phased approach has been developed that places a priority on the safety of our community while complying with the governor’s orders. These decisions are guided by close collaboration with the Fort Bend County Health Department and guidance from the CDC.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman: May 22

Mayor Zimmerman provides the latest on the phased re-opening plan for the City’s parks facilities and programs in line with Phase II of the Governor’s Open Texas Plan.

What to know 

  • The Imperial Park Recreation Center reopened for restricted use on Monday, May 18.  There are new procedures and operating hours for the center -- visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/IPRC to learn more BEFORE you go. Parks, benches and picnic tables not under a picnic pavilion or adjacent to a playground or other play feature are now open for use. The Skate Park and Pawm Springs Dog Park also reopened earlier this week.
  • While you are visiting any of our City facilities, please make sure to follow all social distancing guidelines, consider wearing a cloth face covering and please do not enter if you aren’t feeling well.
  • As new phases of the Governor’s Open Texas Plan are announced, we will revisit the reopening of additional City parks facilities and programs in line with any new orders. We will continue making these decisions based on the advice of our health authorities. Future openings will include currently closed or suspended programs and amenities, such as:
    • 4+ person sports like volleyball and basketball,
    • Park pavilion and building reservations,
    • Day camps, sports camps, special events and the T.E. Harman Senior Center,
    • Playgrounds,
    • Splash pads, and
    • Drinking Fountains. 

For Parks and Recreation information www.sugarlandtx.gov/Parks

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Fire Chief Doug Boeker: May 18

As we now begin to gradually re-open our economy and move from crisis mode to sustained mitigation and management, it’s important that we don’t let our guard down.  This pandemic will not be over soon, so we need to be prepared for possible periodic resurgences of disease over the next two years. We must continue to protect our most vulnerable populations. We remain in close contact with nursing homes and assisted living facilities in our city. The city hosts a conference call with all Sugar Land nursing homes every other week to keep them up to date on the virus.  Through a partnership with the state of Texas and our local emergency services partners, we will survey every licensed nursing facility in our city.  During the next two weeks, we will ensure every nursing home employee and resident is tested for COVID-19. This is a part of a statewide effort, and we are already developing plans to expand this testing to other facilities if necessary. The safety of our community must be a shared goal -- everyone should continue doing the simple things that will keep us all safe.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman: May 15

Mayor Zimmerman provides the latest on how the City is responding to the Governor’s Open Texas plan and supporting local small businesses through the Safe & Well Campaign.

What to know

  • The safety of our residents has and will always be our number one priority in Sugar Land. We must all work together to create a new normal that balances public safety with economic recovery.
  • The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation has launched the Safe & Well campaign to provide local small businesses with the supplies they need to reopen and keep their employees and customers safe. Request supplies and donate to the cause at www.sugarlandlegacy.org.
  • We are all a part of keeping Sugar Land moving forward. As we define our new normal and begin venturing out into the community again, our individual actions remain important in protecting ourselves, our families, and our community.

For business resources and support: www.sugarlandecodev.com

Safe & Well Campaign: www.sugarlandlegacy.org

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Nicole Solis, Assistant Director of ENS: May 11

We are strongly committed to working closely with our business community to keep the public safe and our economy strong. We’ve continued this approach as the governor issues updated orders allowing the gradual reopening of even more businesses such as barber shops, hair/nail/cosmetology stores, tanning salons and swimming pools.  We want to stress the importance of the health protocols established to allow these businesses to reopen. A few examples include 6 feet of distance between clients, no extra people at appointments, mandatory face coverings and washing hands upon entry. Sharing lessons learned at places that have stayed open all along, such as grocery stores, has been invaluable. We encourage continued patience while we all adapt to these new changes. They are intended to keep our city safe and prosperous.  This pandemic may be with us for the foreseeable future, so we must adapt and adjust to what lies ahead.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Jennifer Brown, Director of Finance: May 7

Unprecedented social distancing measures issued by the state and county have been necessary to protect us during the COVID-19 public health disaster. The shared hardships we are all experiencing are creating financial challenges that won’t go away anytime soon.  We are actively evaluating the FY21 budget through this event and planning for multiple scenarios- recognizing that we can be hopeful for a quick recovery, but prepared if it doesn’t happen. Through our ongoing financial resiliency efforts, we have already implemented budgetary restraints such as limiting spending to essential items and placing a hold on new initiatives and special projects.  It is our goal to build as much resiliency as we can so that we can be prepared to take action, whenever the data is available.  Our decisions will always be guided by our goal to promote a strong economy and be a financial leader.  A focus on strengthening our resiliency allows us to both improve quality of life and minimize our residential tax burden.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Nicole Solis, Assistant Director of ENS: May 4

As the city focuses on ensuring compliance with Governor Abbott¹s Open Texas executive orders, we have streamlined a process to help the re-opening efforts to better serve both our residents and the business community.  This has been a multi-layered, sustained approach, and planning began weeks ago in anticipation of the governor¹s order.  We have a shared goal to balance public safety with economic resiliency as we move from crisis mode to sustained mitigation and management. We must create the kind of confidence that enables everyone to safely go back to work and visit our businesses. As an example of our efforts to support the governor¹s Open Texas orders, we are regularly meeting with restaurant owners to ensure required health protocols are in place to keep the public safe and ensure our businesses thrive and remain open.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman: May 1

Mayor Zimmerman provides information on how the City is responding to Governor Abbott’s Open Texas plan, which went into effect May 1, 2020. 

What to know

  • A strong local economy is important to the City of Sugar Land, but our new challenge is to balance public safety with economic recovery.
  • Staff from across the organization to lead our recovery efforts, including responding to the new guidelines for reopening the economy.
  • Although Texas is taking cautious steps to reopen our economy, we should also continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman: April 24

Our staff in the Office of Economic Development has been hard at work supporting our local business community and assisting in developing plans for how we will gradually reopen our city and get back to business.

The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts as we navigate this unprecedented situation. 

The gradual process of reopening our city will result in a “new normal,” but our overall goal remains protecting our most vulnerable, while reducing economic disruptions and getting Sugar Land back to work. 

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Assistant Fire Chief Pat Hughes: April 21

Extensive city resources have been focused on response and planning since early February. It’s a city wide effort guided by an incident command structure intended to keep the community safe. Many city staff have been assigned responsibilities outside their normal duties to ensure continued services and the efficient operation of an emergency operations center. Activities such as screening operations are ongoing.  Teams have also been in active conversations with local nursing homes to test residents and staff.  We host regular conference calls with all City of Sugar Land nursing homes to keep the facilities up to date about the virus. A free test site at Smart Financial Centre has provide a valuable community resource.

We’ve now shifted our focus to recovery; it’s something we’ve been planning for weeks. It is our goal to gradually reopen the local economy in a manner that ensures the safety of our community and the prosperity of our city. We will continue to utilize the incident command structure to support decisions that will be necessary to balance public safety with economic recovery.

The public is encouraged to follow our COVID 19 website and social media platforms for ongoing updates. These platforms are updated daily to ensure the public is aware of important information, changes to city services and to answer questions from our citizens. For accurate and reliable information, please also be sure to visit the online resources of the CDC, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Fort Bend County health department. They are the authoritative sources of information on COVID-19.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman and Director of Economic Development, Elizabeth Huff: April 16

Our entire is team is working hard to ensure our community remains safe. Our top priority is the safety of our community and the continued delivery of essential city services.  There’s been a tremendous amount of work by our employees since the beginning of February.  We continue to work closely with the health department, our local health authority and other regional partners to make decisions that keep our city safe, healthy and prosperous.  City staff and community partners have been working for weeks to develop contingency plans to address possible outcomes and needs.  The ability to quickly provide a free testing site for a community was one example. Another recent focus has been planning to gradually reopen the local economy in a manner that ensures the safety of our community and the prosperity of our city. We’re asking for the business community’s help by completing a survey that will help guide our efforts to support our business community.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Police Chief Eric Robins: April 13

Our police officers remain on the job to ensure Sugar Land remains safer than ever before. While the job of a first-responder is inherently dangerous … it is even more so now. Contact with the public cannot be limited. Their safety is a top priority. A number of mitigation measures have been implemented to keep them safe. They’ve been provided personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves, sanitizers, and other items. On a regular basis, we decontaminate their work areas, including their vehicles and writing stations. We’ve also adjusted dispatch protocols and taken other measures to safeguard against exposure to the virus to the extent possible.  You can help us by staying home.

An update from the city of Sugar Land - Keisha Seals, Engineering Manager: April 9

Sugar Land employees remain at work to ensure our community remains safe.  There’s been a tremendous amount of effort since the beginning of February. Teams have been working non-stop to put together contingency plans and prepare for possible outcomes.  Our top priority is the safety of our community and the continued delivery of essential city services. The safety of our employees is also among our top priorities. We are doing everything possible to keep them safe to minimize any disruptions to city services to the extent possible. While we do have a number of employees working from home, much of our essential work cannot be done by teleworking.  Our first responders remain on the job, and like other cities across the country, we have faced challenges acquiring N95 masks. But we also have a number of other front-line employees who are in constant contact with the public, and in many cases, this contact cannot be limited.

The CDC is recommending that not only first responders wear masks but now everyone should wear a mask.  Therefore … we are asking those in our community with sewing abilities to donate cloth masks that are crafted following the CDC’s guidelines.  These will be used by our essential staff who are continuing to serve our residents.

More information on donating to the city is available at: www.sugarlandtx.gov/DonateToSL

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A message from Dr. Joe Anzaldua, City of Sugar Land Health Authority: April 4

The Centers for Disease Control  now recommends that everyone wear a cloth facemask when out in public areas to protect others in case they are unknowingly carrying coronavirus.

A summary of the CDC’s recommendation follows:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a CLOTH face cover when around other people such as going to the grocery store or other essential activities.
  • The CLOTH face cover is meant to protect OTHER people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a medical or surgical facemask intended for healthcare personnel, such as first-responders, doctors, nurses and other medical office or hospital staff.
  • CLOTH face coverings should NOT be placed on:
    • children under the age of two; or
    • anyone who has difficulty breathing, unconscious or incapacitated as they may not be able to remove the face cover without assistance.

And remember…the CLOTH face cover is NOT intended to replace social distancing. Please continue to keep about 6 feet distance between yourself and others.  For more details, please visit the www.cdc.gov.

An update from Dr. Joe Anzaldua, city of Sugar Land health authority: April 1

Residents are asked to remain home and comply with current recommendations and restrictions as the country experiences an acceleration of COVID-19 cases. Community transmission continues to spread, so a serious public health threat will remain for at least the near future.

Social distancing measures remain in effect until April 30 to help slow the transmission of the virus.  Challenges are being experienced locally and on the national level.

Efforts to increase testing capacity and personal protective equipment such as face masks continue. Like most cities nationwide, the city of Sugar Land continues to struggle to acquire N95 face masks for first-responders.

City teams are working around-the-clock to ensure the continued delivery of city services and keep the community safe.  Close collaboration with local, county, state and national public health officials continues daily.  City staff and community partners have been working for weeks to develop contingency plans to address possible outcomes and needs.  One recent example of these efforts was the city’s partnership with United Memorial Medical Center to organize and implement a FREE COVID-19 testing site in Sugar Land.

Remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation.  Residents should take care themselves with daily health behaviors such as getting enough rest, exercise, good nutrition and staying hydrated. Those having feelings of sadness, anger, fear or anxiety should realize that some the symptoms are probably temporary. 

Everyone is important. Working together as a community, Sugar Land will get past this crisis … just as the community has done during past threats.

A message from mayor Joe Zimmerman: March 25

Fort Bend county has issued “stay home, work safe” orders through April 3. The actions taken by Fort Bend County and other counties and cities in the greater Houston region have not been taken lightly.  Covid-19 is a serious public health threat and community spread of the disease is occurring in the region. All residents should take these orders seriously.

Fort Bend County, Sugar Land and our other cities in Fort Bend county worked with Harris County, the city of Houston and other Harris County cities to balance the risk of imposing additional economic restrictions against that of overwhelming the healthcare system because of the continued spread of the covid-19 virus.  The county’s order ensures essential businesses remain open. Essential businesses are those people need to use daily, including hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, gas stations, restaurant take-out and delivery, day cares for essential employees, hardware stores, and more. Visit the county’s website for the complete order that includes a comprehensive listing of essential businesses

Residents may leave their homes to go for walks or runs, but should practice social distancing of 6-feet to prevent the spread of this disease. The city’s parks remain open, but playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions and other parks facilities are closed.  A list of city closures is posted at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1963/CancelationsClosures.

The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information:

Please also check the Fort Bend County COVID-19 Response Hub at https://covid-19-fort-bend-county-response-fbcgis.hub.arcgis.com/ .

Update from the County Judge: March 24, 4:30 p.m.

County Judge KP George, In coordination with Fort Bend County Mayors and the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, has issued a Stay at Home Order effective March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Department is managing the local response.

The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts

For questions about this order

We ask that you don’t call our dispatch center with your questions/concerns about the Fort Bend County Judge’s ‘STAY HOME TO SAVE LIVES’ order.

Please call 281-633-7795 or email: Fbcovid19@fortbendcountytx.gov.

An update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman: March 20, 3:15 p.m.

Mayor Zimmerman encourages residents to avoid large crowds and practice social distancing, but the City has not shut down and grocery stores are open. With social distancing in mind, private businesses and corporations within Sugar Land also continue to operate by practicing telecommuting and shift modifications. We continue to maintain strong partnerships with our business community and want to encourage the support of our local restaurants by participating in drive-through. We have heard from our business community, and the majority of the office workers are working remote and our manufacturers remain open while practicing social distancing and modified shifts. We have several businesses that are providing essential products and services to the healthcare and grocery industry. While the situation is rapidly evolving, these business currently remain open to support the community by implementing practical preventative measures to mitigate risks to their workforce and customers.

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

UPDATE: March 17, 6:45 p.m.

By order of Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman, all Sugar Land restaurants and other establishments that serve food will be limited to take-out, delivery and drive-through services.

Order by the Mayor of Sugar Land

All Sugar Land bars and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food will close for operation -- including nightclubs, lounges, taverns or arcades and private clubs. These measures are effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on March 31.

Violations should be reported to the city for follow-up compliance efforts.

In addition, all other gatherings at places such as gyms, theaters and shopping malls should be limited to no more than 10 people.

These measures follow actions based on new guidelines issued by Fort Bend County and the Centers for Disease Control. They are intended to protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Houston region, and they are consistent with the city of Sugar Land’s disaster declaration that follows Fort Bend County’s guidelines and actions taken by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. 

The following community mitigation initiatives continue through March 27, at which time the restrictions will be reevaluated.  

  • Any event of more than 10 people sponsored or permitted by the city of Sugar Land will cease.
    • This includes The Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.
    • This also includes Constellation Field.
  • Municipal Court appearances, trials and arraignments are canceled. All cases will be reset.
  • The Imperial Park Recreation Center and the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center are closed.
  • All community meetings sponsored by the city will be postponed. These include Sugar Land 101, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and task force meetings.
  • The city’s block party trailer will be unavailable, and park rentals for events of more than 10 people will cease. Contact the IPRC at (281) 275-2885 for rescheduling or refunds.
  • The T.E. Harman Center is closed due to its members being at greater risk.
    • Other gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed.  Those at higher risk include people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, mellitus, cancer, hypertension, etc.), people who have weakened immune systems and pregnant women.
  • Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the city of Sugar Land will not discontinue water service for anyone through March 27; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.
  • Any event or community gathering of more than 10 people held at private facilities are urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
  • Events under 10 people should be considered for postponement.
  • Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
  • Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Maximize telecommuting options and consider staggering start and end times.
  • Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities with populations at higher risk for COVID-19 should limit interactions with the general public. This includes reducing large gatherings, limiting programs with external staff, consider having residents stay inside, limiting visitors and screening people entering the facility.
  • Faith-based organizations and communities should implement social distancing measures to minimize close contact with groups of 10 or more people. This includes group congregation and religious services, especially for organizations who are at increased risk.

The International Art and Kite Festival is scheduled for after March 27, but it has been canceled.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. At this time, the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed.

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

Disaster Declaration | March 13, 2020

To protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Houston region, the city of Sugar Land has declared a disaster declaration that follows guidelines issued by Fort Bend County and actions taken by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.  

The following community mitigation initiatives take effect immediately and will extend through March 27, at which time the restrictions will be reevaluated.

  • Any event of more than 250 people sponsored or permitted by the city of Sugar Land will cease.
    • This includes The Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.
    • This also includes Constellation Field.
  • Municipal Court appearances, trials and arraignments are canceled. All cases will be reset.
  • The T.E. Harman Center is closed due to its members being at greater risk.
    • Other gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed.  Those at higher risk include people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, mellitus, cancer, hypertension, etc.), people who have weakened immune systems and pregnant women. 
  • Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the city of Sugar Land will not discontinue water service for anyone through March 27; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.
  • Any event greater than 250 people held at private facilities are urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
  • Events under 250 people should be considered for postponement.
  • Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
  • Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Maximize telecommuting options and consider staggering start and end times.
  • Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities with populations at higher risk for COVID-19 should limit interactions with the general public. This includes reducing large gatherings, limiting programs with external staff, consider having residents stay inside, limiting visitors and screening people entering the facility.
  • Faith-based organizations and communities should implement social distancing measures such as reducing activities like group congregation and religious services, especially for organizations who are at increased risk.

The International Art and Kite Festival is scheduled for after March 27, but it has been canceled. 

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. At this time, the health department says the threat in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County remains low, so the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed. 

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

A COVID-19 update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman and Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land public health authority | March 6, 2020

Message from Sugar Land’s public health authority | March 5, 2020

Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, continues to work closely with local, state and federal health officials responding to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

For accurate information and updates:

Message Highlights

  • Local city officials and our first responders here in Sugar Land are staying on top of the situation, and are working closely with local, state and federal health officials on this matter.
  • As this epidemic unfolds, we are continuously reviewing and updating our emergency management operations and protocols here in Sugar Land to ensure the safety, health and welfare of our citizens.
  • We will continue to participate in daily briefings with the state of Texas in conjunction with the CDC to make sure that we are getting the latest information.
  • In addition, our local healthcare providers and hospitals are working together with public health officials to assist in containing the spread of the virus and providing the necessary medical care.
  • According to Fort Bend County Health and Human Services, this is a serious public health threat, and county residents should plan for community spread and take everyday precautions.
  • Public health measures such as quarantine, isolation and travel restrictions are being implemented which will definitely help control the spread of this virus. In addition, medications and vaccinations are currently being studied with clinical trials underway with the expectation that these tools will become available to the general public in the next few months.
  • So remember to cover your mouth and your nose when coughing and sneezing, and make sure to wash your hands on a regular basis. Also, if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, especially if you are running a fever, please stay home and call your primary care provider for further instructions.

A Statement from Sugar Land’s Public Health Authority | Friday, January 24,2020

Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, is working closely with regional and state public health officials as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s investigation into the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The CDC believes that the immediate risk to the American public continues to be low at this time, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • washing 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 the touching of eyes, noses, and mouths with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • staying home when sick;
  • covering coughs or sneezes with tissues, then throwing the tissues in the trash; and
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to coronavirus should contact a healthcare provider immediately.  Steps are being taken to assist medical providers to prepare for the possible increase in coronavirus cases. Anyone with flu-like symptoms who has recently traveled to China (since Dec. 1, 2019) should immediately report this information to medical staff when seeking treatment at an emergency room or urgent care center.  This information will alert staff to immediately provide a surgical mask and flag medical records to obtain a more detailed history, as well as allow medical staff to take necessary precautions for themselves and for other patients.