Notable recent local developments regarding the response to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.
CountyIn an effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic, Tarrant County issued an Executive Order. Key provisions:
All persons shall stay at their place of residence; only essential travel is permitted.All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household are prohibited.Individuals sharing indoor or outdoor spaces must practice social distancing.Most non-essential businesses must close.Restaurants may provide service only by drive-through, curbside or carryout service.All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited.If someone in a household has tested positive for COVI D-19, the entire household must isolate at home.
The Order remains in effect until April 7, 2020, unless terminated or modified by a subsequent Order.
StateOn March 19, the Texas Health and Human Services department declared a public health emergency. That same day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order that temporarily prohibits dining in at bars and restaurants, closes all Texas schools and gyms, and bans gatherings of more than 10 people, effective through April 3.
CityOn March 16, Benbrook Mayor Jerry Dittrich issued an Order regarding the coronavirus response. The Mayor’s Order, which was amended on March 17, also strongly urges individuals to avoid gatherings of 10 or more persons, and further states that this recommendation applies to all members of our community, not just those individuals who are considered at “high-risk” for contracting the virus.
Also on March 16, Mayor Dittrich issued a Declaration of Local Disaster, which makes the City eligible to receive federal and state assistance with any needed response and recovery.
Supporting our BusinessesIn an effort to assist local businesses during the crisis, the City has temporarily relaxed its signage regulations, allowing business owners to put up temporary portable signs or banners.
The Benbrook Economic Development Corporation is offering a reimbursement program for these type signs; for more information, call 817-249-6091. Benbrook consumers are encouraged to continue to support local eateries by using their drive-through, curbside pickup, and/or delivery options.
Current StatusAs of Tuesday, March 24, Tarrant County Public Health has reported a total of 71 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, including one Benbrook resident. Three individuals have recovered and there has been one death. The previous Friday afternoon, the County had reported 29 cases.
In the event of a local medical emergency, Benbrook’s public safety teams are prepared to respond quickly with the appropriate precautions. City officials recognize the seriousness of the crisis. They are monitoring the situation daily, and will carefully consider the best course of action. At all times, City officials urge citizens to follow the recommendations of public health and safety officials, remain calm, and continue to work together in the spirit of our community.
Related ResourcesSubscribe to Benbrook City News Flashes and other AlertsSee a list of local cancellations and closuresFollow the City on Facebook, Twitter, and Next DoorTexas Health and Human Services; the department can also be reached by dialing 211.Tarrant County Public Health; the County has set up a coronavirus hotline, 817-248-6299 (staffed only during regular business hours)The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBenbrook Police Department non-emergency: 817-249-1610Benbrook Fire Department and Emergency Services: 249-1727Benbrook City Hall: 817-249-3000 (staffed only during regular business hours)U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) coronavirus website