Last Updated: March 4, 2021, 9:05 a.m.
Town of Flower Mound Response
Town Information Links
- Facility Closures and How to Conduct Town Business Online
- Facility Reopening Dates
- Police Department Response to COVID-19
- Special Event Cancellations
If you received a confirmation text or email, you are on the DCPH waitlist and do not need to do anything else. As DCPH are allocated additional vaccines, they will send out appointment scheduling to the next eligible individuals on the waitlist, as well as scheduling second doses for individuals who already received their first vaccine thru DCPH.
If you do not receive a confirmation text or email within 24 hours of submission into the waitlist, please call their COVID-19 hotline at 940.349.2585 and they can verify your information.
Beginning Tuesday, February 2, 2021, DCPH will vaccinate registered individuals at the Texas Motor Speedway. To help alleviate calls and questions, DCPH has asked for assistance in relaying the following information:
- Appointments are required for all vaccination clinics. Eligible individuals can be put on a waitlist to receive the vaccine on the Vaccine Interest Portal at https://dentoncounty.gov/covid19vaccine.
- If you receive an appointment time, please arrive as close as possible to your appointment time. Message boards and directional signs will guide individuals with appointments through the property to the clinic.
- When receiving a vaccination at the DCPH clinic, you will be unable to select a preference of a certain vaccine. As a state vaccination hub, DCPH is not allowed to provide this option.
- DCPH cannot give you the second dose of a vaccine, if they did not provide you the first dose. You must return to the provider of your first dose, as this is important to make sure you receive the second dose from the same manufacturer as the first.
Denton County has teamed up with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) and Span Inc. of Denton County to provide bus transportation to the DCPH vaccination clinics. Please call the DCTA customer service hotline at 940.243.0077 to schedule a ride. The complementary service is only available to those who have a scheduled vaccination appointment at Texas Motor Speedway. View additional details.
State Announces Locations of Large COVID-19 Vaccination Hubs
The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the locations of its vaccine hubs along with information on how to sign-up at: https://bit.ly/3qjZOMP.
Who can get the vaccine right now:
- Front-line health care workers (Phase 1A)
- People 65 and older (Phase 1B)
- People 16 and older with health conditions that increase risk of severe COVID-19 illness (Phase 1B)
- School and Child Care Personnel
The vaccine remains limited based on the capacity of the manufacturers to produce it, so it will take time for Texas to receive enough vaccine for the people in the priority populations who want to be vaccinated. The supply is expected to increase in the coming months, and additional vaccines are in clinical trials and may be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Providers should use all doses allocated to administer the first dose of vaccine to people. There is no need to reserve shots for a second dose because they will get a matching number of doses for that at the appropriate time.
People can find more information on COVID-19 vaccine and its availability at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.
Confirmed Cases in Flower Mound
As of Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Town will no longer post daily updates of COVID-19 confirmed cases, recoveries, and active cases on this webpage due to the uncertainty of the numbers. In August, the Texas Department of Health Services reported a backlog of more than 500,000 cases that were attributed to coding errors. The backlog created confusion with the State’s online dashboard and showed sudden changes in testing, case numbers, and the State’s positivity rate. As a result of the backlog, Denton and Tarrant Counties received hundreds of positive tests that were previously unreported that are older than a week, dating back to June. In addition, Denton County’s positivity rate was removed from its site since it relied on numbers supplied from DSHS and is therefore invalid.
- To view the Flower Mound-specific statistics on Denton County’s website, please visit www.dentoncounty.gov/covidstats.
- To view the Tarrant County statistics for the portion of the County that lies within Flower Mound, please visit https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/disease-control---prevention/coronaviruas.html.
Recovered Cases in Flower Mound
Unfortunately, due to privacy laws around personal medical information, that is all the information surrounding this news the Town can share. For additional questions, please contact the Denton County Public Health Department, which has set-up a hotline at 940.349.2585 for community members seeking additional information. The call center is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Staying Connected to Public Health Officials
The Town of Flower Mound follows the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Denton County Public Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC. In addition, the Town’s Emergency Management Office is in communication with the Denton County Public Health Department and other health partners to ensure the Town has the latest information and is proactively protecting residents and Town staff.
Town Facility Reopenings
On Monday, May 18, Town facilities began reopening to the public. Reopening dates are subject to change, depending upon State mandates.
Residents are encouraged to continue conducting Town business online when possible and if it is necessary to meet with staff, to make appointments in advance. While visiting Town facilities and amenities, it is important to practice social distancing. Find out how you can conduct Town business online.
Previous Actions Taken by Mayor and Town Council
Due to the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Denton County, Flower Mound Mayor Steve Dixon first signed a disaster declaration (https://bit.ly/33sl74w) for the Town of Flower Mound on March 15, 2020. On March 19, the Town Council unanimously approved the extension of the disaster declaration until April 20 and postponed the May 2 General Election to November 3, 2020.
Following the Town Council’s voted to approve the disaster declaration extension, Mayor Steve Dixon signed an amended declaration on March 20 and a second amended declaration on March 23, 2020. Due to the County’s March 24 Executive Order, Mayor Dixon followed suit with a third amended declaration to ensure the Town was in compliance with the County mandates.
On the last day of the third amended disaster declaration, April 20, Mayor Steve Dixon formally signed a fourth-amended disaster declaration that aligned with current State and County stay-at-home mandates.
On April 28, Flower Mound Mayor Steve Dixon formally signed a fifth-amended disaster declaration that aligns with the new State of Texas mandates Gov. Abbott announced to safely and strategically open Texas in a phased approach while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. To view the Town of Flower Mound’s fifth amended disaster declaration, which expired May 18, please visit https://bit.ly/2Wb9viU.
Denton County Response
- Denton County COVID-19 Hotline: 940.349.2585 (Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- DentonCounty.gov/COVIDstats - Interactive maps, charts, and data divided by zip code, city, or unincorporated area, and recovered counts by city
- DentonCounty.gov/COVID19 - local COVID-19 information, previous press releases, and additional recommendations for community members and healthcare providers
- DentonCounty.gov/COVID19vaccine - learn which phases are able to be vaccinated, when registration for DCPH vaccine clinics open/close, and find other providers in Denton County who've received COVID-19 vaccine
December 8 Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Criteria
On December 8, Denton County Public Health (DCPH) updated COVID-19 quarantine criteria for those who have been exposed to COVID-19, mirroring the CDC's updated scientific brief.
Both DCPH and the CDC recommend a 14-day quarantine for most situations, with the date of exposure being day zero. However, quarantine after exposure may be shortened in these situations:
- Only ten days of quarantine are required when no symptoms were ever present
- Only seven days of quarantine are required when no symptoms were ever present and the individual exposed tests negative from a diagnostic specimen collected on day five through seven.
Daily symptom monitoring must continue through quarantine day 14, along with correct and consistent mask use, social distancing, hand and cough hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfection, and avoiding crowds. View the latest CDC guidance on quarantine recommendations and CDC scientific brief regarding lessening quarantine timelines.
Previous Denton County Mandates
Denton County issued a Disaster Declaration that expired on May 15, 2020 that stated:
- The Denton County Emergency Operations Plan and the Denton County Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan shall remain activated through the end of the COVID-19 disaster.
- As allowed by Local Government Code 262.024, exempt bidding requirements for the purpose of purchasing items necessary to preserve or protect the public health or safety of the residents of the county. This exemption shall remain in effect until a time when the Disaster Declaration is lifted.
- Nothing in this Order is intended to impose restrictions inconsistent with Order GA-18 or any other subsequent order issued by the Governor in effect relating to COVID-19. Please visit www.gov.texas.gov/news to read the current Executive Orders of the Governor.
- To the greatest extent possible, all businesses and residents shall comply with the Social Distancing Guideline set forth by the CDC and Governor’s Report to Open Texas dated April 27, 2020. (www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas)
State of Texas Response
March 2, 2021 Update
Gov. Abbott in a press conference announced he will be rescinding most of his COVID-19-related executive orders, as outlined in Executive Order GA-34. This will include expanding capacities at all Texas businesses and facilities to 100 percent and allowing the statewide mask order to expire on Wednesday, March 10.
As the basis for his decision, Gov. Abbott cited positive trends in active cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations, as well as the ramp-up in vaccine distribution to as many as one million shots administered per week. While the statewide mandates are set to expire, Gov. Abbott urged Texans to continue taking precautions to keep themselves and others safe. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
His latest order also allows for county-level restrictions. Specifically, if a Trauma Service Area sees COVID-19-related hospitalizations rise above 15 percent for seven consecutive days, county judges will have the ability to issue limited orders of their own. As a reminder, Trauma Service Area E, which covers Denton and Tarrant counties, hit that milestone in early December 2020, but was able to roll back these restrictions on Tuesday, February 16.
February 16, 2021 Restrictions Update
On February 16, Denton County received notification that Trauma Service Area E has had seven consecutive days where total COVID-19 hospital capacity is 15 percent or less. This includes Denton County, which now allows all restaurants to increase capacity to 75 percent and allows bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity.
In addition, all licensed hospitals may resume elective surgeries as outlined in Executive Order GA-32.
December 3, 2020 Restrictions Update
Denton County is part of Trauma Service Area Region E, along with 18 other counties. In Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-32 it outlines occupancy restrictions when hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in a Trauma Service Areas (TSA) exceed 15 percent for seven consecutive days.
On December 3, TSA Region E exceeded this threshold, which triggers the following occupancy restrictions, as outlined in Executive Order GA-32 (and Executive Order GA-31 for elective procedures):
- Any business currently operating at 75 percent occupancy, will now be limited to 50 percent occupancy. This occupancy limit does not apply to any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, religious services, childcare facilities, youth camps, recreational sports programs, schools, drive-in concerts, movies, or similar events (under guidelines that maintain appropriate social distancing and that generally require spectators to remain in their vehicles, and that minimize in-person contact between people who are not in the same household or vehicle), and local government operations. This also excludes certain personal care/service businesses that operate with at least six feet of social distancing between work stations such as hair salons/barber shops, nail salons, tattoo studios, tanning salons, and massage establishments.
- Any non-essential medical surgery or procedure must be postponed, if such surgery would deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.
- All Denton County bars will close, until operations determined by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
- The visiting of nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities is determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
The occupancy limits can return to 75 percent when TSA Region E has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.
September 17, 2020 State of Texas Update
Governor Abbott has issued Executive Orders Nos. GA-30 and GA-31, allowing most of Texas to take the next step in reopening due to the decline of COVID-19 throughout much of the state. During his press conference, there were three main updates to the current guidelines:
- Starting Monday, September 21, all restaurants, retailers, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums, and libraries will be able to expand their maximum capacity from 50 to 75 percent capacity.
- Hospitals may schedule elective procedures
- All nursing, State-supported living centers, assisted living and long-term care facilities will be allowed to open for visiting, as long as they comply with the State’s health protocols and do not have a COVID-19 outbreak within the facility, as early as Thursday, September 24.
Bars are still not allowed to reopen at this time, although the governor said his team is still trying to find a way to safely reopen them soon. Several other types of businesses will remain at 50 percent capacity for now, including wedding reception venues, movie theaters, amusement parks and waterparks, bowling alleys, fine arts performance halls, video game facilities, zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and more.
Gov. Abbott is relying most heavily on hospitalization data when making decisions and reiterated it has always been his goal to contain COVID-19, minimize its harm, and to prevent our medical system from being overwhelmed. He stated he would be using the benchmark of 15 percent of hospitalizations being COVID-19 patients for seven consecutive days to determine if the virus was adequately contained within that region. Three regions near the Texas’ southern border do not meet this threshold and will maintain current State mandates.
For a complete list of current restrictions and protocols, visit https://open.texas.gov/.