Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Update: January 6
Per a provision of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening order: due to coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q, which includes Fort Bend County, being above 15 percent for seven consecutive days, new restrictions are required.
- See Fort Bend County Judge KP George's announcement regarding COVID-19 orders for Fort Bend County.
- Executive Order GA-32 defines parameters to suspend reopening in areas with high hospitalizations. Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q, which includes Fort Bend County, have been above 15 percent for seven consecutive days. That triggers a provision of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening order that requires new restrictions. Based on our Trauma Service Area being identified as an “area with high hospitalizations” the governor’s Emergency Order GA-32 now requires the following restrictions for Fort Bend County … including Sugar Land … elective surgeries must cease, businesses are limited to 50 percent occupancy, and bars must close.
- This order takes effect immediately.
- These new restrictions will continue until our Trauma Service Area 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.
An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman: January 4
Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman encourages everyone to get a COVID vaccine when it becomes available. The city of Sugar Land continues to work with our regional health care authorities to ensure we remain informed of issues that impact the safety of our community. This includes the distribution of new vaccines that will keep our community safe and help return us to a more normal way of life sometime this year.
A message from the city of Sugar Land - Dr. Joe Anzaldua
The distribution of vaccines has begun, but it will take some time to develop the herd immunity that will keep us all safe. It will greatly depend on the public's willingness to get vaccinated as the vaccines become available. These FDA-approved vaccines are safe and important. We must get vaccinated. Our public health objective is to achieve about 70 percent herd immunity mainly through this vaccination program. So we ALL need to do our part in reducing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. In the meantime, we are seeing a sharp increase in COVID cases as a result of holiday gatherings.
New Year Celebrations
The safest way to celebrate the new year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you or virtually with friends and family. If you’re celebrating New Year’s with people outside your household, make sure you take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear a mask.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) apart.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Get a flu shot as soon as possible.
Consider other activities to celebrate New Year’s, such as:
- Have virtual celebrations with loved ones.
- Plan a New Year’s party for the people who live with you.
- Plan a neighborhood countdown to midnight.
- Watch a livestreamed firework display, concert, First Night event, or other New Year’s programming from your home.
Please don't forget that we must continue taking the simple precautions that will keep us safe and help our businesses prosper. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces, wash your hands often, avoid touching your nose, avoid large gatherings and wear a mask.
For answers to general questions, visit www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/distribution/index.html.
A message from the city of Sugar Land - Dr. Joe Anzaldua
Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land's public health authority, encourages you to get vaccinated. It's safe, and it's important to protect us all. Learn more about the state's vaccine distribution plan
An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman: December 17
Since the pandemic began, we've all eagerly awaited a COVID-19 vaccine. On December 11, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to the first of these vaccines. Several other vaccines will be available in the future. It's anticipated that somewhere around 20 million U.S. adults will be able to be vaccinated by the end of 2020. However, this is only about 6 percent of the country's almost 330 million residents. Given that demand for the vaccine will dramatically exceed the supply for the first several months of vaccine distribution, you may be wondering when exactly the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to you.
An update from Dr. Joe Anzaldua - City of Sugar Land Health Authority
COVID-19 remains a threat to our community, as evidenced by the alarming increase in positivity rates we are now seeing. We expected to see this surge during the winter flu season, so please continue to take all necessary precautions to stay safe. Now is not the time to let our guard down.
I continue to work with regional health care authorities to ensure we remain informed of issues that impact the safety of our community. This includes the distribution of new vaccines that will keep our community safe and help return us to a more normal way of life sometime next year.
It's important that as many people as possible take advantage of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. As you know, the first FDA-approved vaccines are now being provided to first-responders and health care workers. To ensure the effectiveness of these valuable resources and create the herd immunity that will protect our families, we must get vaccinated. I plan to do so, and you should too unless you have severe allergies to medications or your doctor tells you otherwise. I know many are asking if the vaccines are safe. The answer is yes.
Now that there is an authorized and recommended vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are eight things you need to know about the new
COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines.
- The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.
- Right now, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine be offered to healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities.
- There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.
- After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
- Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost.
- The first COVID-19 vaccine is being used under an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.
- COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.
At the beginning, unfortunately, there will not be sufficient vaccine to immunize everybody. We are probably looking at March 2021 until we get sufficient quantity for everyone. Our public health objective is to achieve about 70 percent herd immunity mainly through this vaccination program. So we ALL need to do our part in reducing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
So please don't forget that we must continue taking the simple precautions that will keep us safe and help our businesses prosper. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces, wash your hands often, avoid touching your nose, avoid large gatherings and wear a mask.
Also, vaccinated persons should continue to follow all these mitigation measures (such as wearing face masks, social distancing and proper hand hygiene) until both vaccination doses have been administered and immunity has been established.
An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman: November 25
Please have a safe and healthy holiday! Remember to wear a mask, practice safe distancing and frequently wash hands to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Update: November 24
Fort Bend County Updates COVID-19 Health Guidance for the Public
Fort Bend County has moved to the "Moderate/Significant Risk" level.
Update: October 20
Holiday Preparations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Staying home and avoiding gatherings is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved and prepare. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land's Health Authority, shares answers to common questions and provides safety recommendations.
Update: October 12
This year, Halloween may seem a little different to us all. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land's Health Authority, provides some insight and suggestions as this time-honored American tradition draws near.
Update: October 7
Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14th, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Governor's Executive Order also increases the occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75%.
More information is available at open.texas.gov
- Fort Bend County has moved to the "Moderate/Significant Risk" level. See the full risk assessment and community guidance.
- Trick or Treat or Stay Home? Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land's Health Authority, provides insight and suggestions as the upcoming Halloween tradition draws near.