The tire drive scheduled for April 18, 2020 at the Rosenberg Annex has been cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In Texas, everyone over 12 years of age is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Also, Fort Bend County run COVID-19 vaccine sites now accept walk-up vaccinations! Please click here to view our vaccination sites.
Minor Consent Form: Click here to get the Minor Consent Form if you would like to complete it prior to bringing your child to be vaccinated. All children 12-17 years of age must provide a completed COVID Informed Consent – Minor Form signed by their parent or legal guardian at the vaccination site before they can be vaccinated. The COVID Informed Consent – Minor Form is also available at each vaccination site to ensure that the child’s parent or legal guardian is able to complete prior to the child being vaccinated.
Fort Bend County HHS is excited that the pause, and research that followed, allowed the CDC and FDA to confirm the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This research found that there were only about two cases of the rare clotting disorder were found per every one million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine administered. We are committed to providing safe and effective vaccines that will permit our community to return to the activities we have been missing.
Many residents have been waiting for this vaccine to return to distribution. The CDC estimates that using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the United States will prevent more than 2,200 ICU admissions and 1,400 deaths in the next six months. Consequently we will make our supply of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines available to the public. As with all vaccines, we will make sure those who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are aware of the risks and benefits. The majority of the vaccine Fort Bend County receives and administers is Pfizer. Residents will continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at our locations at no cost or insurance charge.
The tire drive scheduled for April 18, 2020 at the Rosenberg Annex has been cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should—
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency was issued to allow Fort Bend County to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of Fort Bend County residents; and
Whereas, on March 13, 2020, a Declaration of State of Disaster was issued by Governor Abbott to take additional steps to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and welfare of Texans; and
Whereas, on March 16, 2020, President Donald Trump acknowledged the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, releasing strict new guidelines to limit people’s interactions, including that Americans should avoid groups of more than 10 people; and
Whereas, on March 17, 2020, the Fort Bend County Commissioners at a Special Meeting of Commissioners Court approved an extension of the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency to March 24, 2020, and such was further extended by Order of Commissioners Court on March 24, 2020, and March 31, 2020; and
Whereas, due to the substantial risks to the public, certain establishments were ordered closed to implement the “All of Community” approach, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), focused on slowing the transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing to reduce illness and death, while minimizing social and economic impacts by Order of the County Judge of Fort Bend County, on March 17, 2020, and further amended on March 20, 2020; and
Whereas, due to the continued rapid spread of COVID-19, additional measures are necessary to protect the ability of the public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients, and safeguard public health and safety through the use of mandates to remain at home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential business and public infrastructure.
NOW THEREFORE, I, COUNTY JUDGE OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED BY TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 418, HEREBY FIND AND ORDER:
SECTION 1. That the findings and recitations set out in the preamble to this Order are found to be true and correct and they are hereby adopted by the County Judge and made a part hereof for all purposes.
SECTION 2. That this Order shall be read to comply with Executive Order No. GA-14 signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 31, 2020 relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster, which supersedes any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster, but only to the extent such local order restricts Essential Services allowed by Executive Order No. GA-14 or allows gatherings prohibited by such.
SECTION 3. To minimize social gatherings and to minimize social in-person contact with people who are not in the same household to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, effective as of 12:01 a.m., April 2, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, unless a declaration of the local disaster for public health emergency is no longer in effect, and subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below:
SECTION 5. Pursuant to Annex U, Section V. (A) (4) (a) of the Fort Bend County Emergency Operations Plan approved by Commissioners Court on January 15, 2019, and in accordance with Texas Government Code §418.173, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office, and other peace officers, as defined by Article 2.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, are hereby authorized to enforce this order, and the failure to comply with this Order is an offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term of up to 180 days.
SECTION 6. Fort Bend County will post this Order on its website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of this Order.
SECTION 7. This Order applies to all unincorporated and incorporated areas within the boundaries of Fort Bend County and shall be effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, unless a declaration of the local disaster for public health emergency is no longer in effect.
ORDERED this the __________ day of April, 2020.
KP George, County Judge
Laura Richard, County Clerk
An epidemiologic investigation has launched at Richmond State Supported Living Center (RSSLC) after a laboratory report identified two cases of COVID-19 at the facility.
The cases include two residents in their 60s, who are both currently hospitalized. To protect the privacy of the individuals, no additional identifying information will be released.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services (FBC HHS) is working alongside RSSLC to identify potential contacts. Any individuals identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by FBC HHS.
“The residents at the Richmond State Supported Living Center represent some of the most vulnerable members of our community. We have received support from Texas Department of State Health Services in order to test and investigate all contacts to these cases. Our staff is working alongside Richmond State Supported Living Center staff to implement additional infection prevention and control measures to protect the residents and staff,” stated Dr. Jacquelyn Minter.
“Keeping our residents and staff healthy and safe is our top priority. We are working closely with Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and the Texas Department of State Health Services and taking precautions to prevent spread of infection in the center and the community,” said Scott Schalchlin, HHS Associate Commissioner for State Supported Living Centers. “Visitor restrictions will remain in place at all state supported living centers and we will continue to routinely screening staff, residents, and any essential visitor prior to entry on campus.”
On March 13th, Texas Health and Human Services suspended nonessential visitation and on-campus events at state supported living centers across the state. Everyone coming on campus since then has been screened and has had their temperature taken before being allowed to enter the facility.
FBC HHS will continue to monitor and investigate COVID-19 within Fort Bend County. Visit www.fbchealth.org/ncov for additional local information regarding COVID-19. For additional information from Texas Health and Human Services, please visit www.hhs.texas.gov.
Fort Bend County and AccessHealth have collaborated to open the first county-supported COVID-19 testing site and online screening tool.
Those in our community who are experiencing symptoms and want testing must utilize an online screening tool, developed by Houston-based Health Tech company, Luminare, to access medical screening which will, in turn, determine their eligibility for testing. Fort Bend County and AccessHealth will deploy QuickScreen on the internet via www.fbchealth.org.
There is no cost to those who need testing, but access to testing will only be granted after completion of the online screening and the medical screening. After screening is complete, people receive a unique testing code that will be required at the testing site.
Initial testing efforts will focus on those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 include:
“Fort Bend County is committed to increasing the level of testing for our residents. In this light, I am proud to announce that we have collaborated with AccessHealth, our longtime community partner, to bring a free COVID-19 testing site to Fort Bend County,” said Fort Bend County Judge and Director of the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, KP George. “If you are seeking to be tested, it is critical you follow the policies and procedures to ensure a smooth process for everyone involved.”
The testing site will operate as long as there are supplies readily available.
Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, Local Health Authority and Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, “AccessHealth will administer the testing and will provide the administrative and medical staff, along with the laboratory needed for this operation while Fort Bend County provides the infrastructure, security, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies. This collaboration is an extension of our existing partnership, and we could not be more thankful.”
“AccessHealth is prepared and ready to expand our long-standing partnership with Fort Bend County Health and Human Services to include COVID-19 screening and testing,” said AccessHealth CEO, Mike Dotson. “Our staff are positioned to assist residents, many of whom are eager to get screened for COVID-19. If that’s you, we ask that you follow the process that starts with online screening or phone screening for those who don’t have online access, and you’ll be directed from there. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We’re obliged for the opportunity to serve the Fort Bend community in this capacity.”
Luminare, supported by Microsoft for Startups, has the goal of empowering individuals to understand if they are at risk for COVID-19 and to seek medical attention accordingly so exposure to the community can be limited. In addition, the COVID-19 self-assessment platform will help decrease potential exposure to healthcare workers, avoid emergency room overcrowding, and allow efficient communication between the health department and the population at large. “We’ve had 70,000 people to date use our self-assessment platform as a funnel towards testing for COVID on site. As we roll expand coverage areas soon we will be able to predict where a surge in-hospital is expected to happen weeks prior to it happening”, said Luminare CEO & Co-founder Sarma Velamuri.
Fort Bend County residents may choose any of the sites for screening, as Harris County and Houston sites are still open to Fort Bend County residents.
A virtual press conference is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on: www.facebook.com/judgekpgeorge/
Parties interested in obtaining access to the software platform should contact email@example.com.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is announcing the first COVID-19 related death in Fort Bend County.
The resident was a woman in her 70s with significant pre-existing medical conditions. She was hospitalized briefly prior to passing away and her physicians agree that COVID-19 was a contributory factor in her death. She died at a local hospital late Wednesday, March 25. The department received test results today confirming the woman as a COVID-19 case.
“The hearts and prayers of Fort Bend County are with the patient’s family in these trying times,” said KP George, Fort Bend County Judge and Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. “As a community, we must come together to follow the CDC Guidelines and the Fort Bend County ‘Stay Home to Save Lives’ Order to slow the spread of this unprecedented global pandemic.”
COVID-19 has been identified in our communities, and likely above the number of cases we already know. Most people infected by the virus suffer mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover.
“This is a tragic and sad outcome for this family and our community. Today we face a historic public health event affecting not only Fort Bend County but communities around the globe,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, Local Health Authority and Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the patient’s family and friends.”
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services continues to work closely with the local and regional partners, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve. It is critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus following all applicable guidance. We all need to take precautions to protect the most vulnerable populations within our communities and slow this disease.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services urges the public to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.
Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@FortBendHealth) and check our website for regular updates (www.fbchealth.org/ncov)