On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Ellis County and all of Trauma Service Area E (TSA-E) reached seven consecutive days in which the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeded 15%.Per Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-32, all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, exercise facilities and classes, and libraries are required to return to a maximum of 50% occupancy levels. Bars are to be closed and all licensed hospitals are required to discontinue elective surgeries.This order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 4, 2020, and will remain until the area has seven consecutive days of COVID-19 hospitalizations under 15%.Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-32 can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-32_continued_response_to_COVID-19_IMAGE_10-07-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3LI_2K9Qf1KMdbvSmbw-OYrrN64ncsDKTMaA8vQujOA3kaK1E9AyfbTwA
“COVID-19 In Ellis County”
“COVID-19 hospitalization trend reaches over 15% in TSA E ”
On September 17, Governor Greg Abbott implemented the use of data driven hospitalization metrics used by doctors and medical experts to help guide the state’s ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19. This metric focuses on areas with high hospitalizations — referring to any Trauma Service Area (TSA) that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of lab confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized patients in a region exceeds 15% of all hospitalized patients.
Where are we today?
It is important that Ellis County residents be presented with the facts and be aware of the current state of COVID-19 in Trauma Service Area (TSA) E — which includes Ellis and 18 other counties. As of today, TSA-E has maintained an average COVID-19 hospitalization rate of over 15% for six consecutive days. This data can be found here.
What does this mean for North Texas?
Due to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-31 & GA-32, If the COVID-19 hospitalization continues to trend over 15% in TSA E for seven consecutive days, GA-32 will revert back to previous reopening guidelines; until such time as the TSA 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.
For all of Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders visit: https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus-executive-orders .
Ellis County Office of Emergency Management advises residents to continue to take precautionary measures to protect the vulnerable and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 prevention guidelines recommends residents wash hands and sanitize, wear a face covering where practicable, and physical distance. You can find the guidelines at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/ .
Earlier today, Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
Pursuant to the authority granted Mayor Juenemann, the following measures are effective at 12:01 P.M. on Friday, July 3, 2020 for all persons, businesses and organizations within the corporate limits of the City of Ennis.
- Wearing face masks or face coverings is mandatory in public and is enforceable by law and fine.
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 persons.
COVID19 & City Services
For help with running errands, grocery shopping, financial requests, prayer or someone to talk to please call the Bluebonnet Non-Emergency helpline at 972-695-3524 or email BBCC@ennistx.gov.
For general questions call the City of Ennis Covid-19 hotline at 972-872-8391 or email email@example.com.
Economic Stimulus Grant Programs
The PURPOSE of the stimulus programs are to stabilize local businesses adversely affected by covid19 and related economic factors and conditions. Emergency Order #5 states - Covid19 poses a direct and imminent threat to the local economy and future employment.
- Funds are disbursed in the form of a forgivable loan that becomes a grant upon meeting the requirements of the associated "performance agreement".
- Funds will be used to defray losses incurred as the result of festival and special event cancellations, the impact of covid19, losses incurred due to Emergency Order #6 (Stay Home – Stay Safe) and other orders issued by the United States, State of Texas and Ellis County.
- Losses are defined as lost wages, lost revenue, obsolete inventory, rent and/or lease payments, inability to conduct online retailing, absence of a functioning website.
- Funds must be expended and properly accounted for prior to Dec 31st, 2020.
- Businesses must be physically located within the City limits of Ennis and whose Hotel Occupancy Tax and/or Sales Tax is collected by the local taxing jurisdiction.
- Application Form (4-17-2020)
- Completed applications are returned to 108 W Knox, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- Restaurants and related businesses: 70 loan/grants, not to exceed $5,000 each ($350,000)
- Tourism and related businesses: 20 loan/grants, not to exceed $3,000 each ($60,000)
- Website & Online Retailing: 20 loan/grants, not to exceed $3,000 each ($60,000)
- Bluebonnet Market Vendor: 15 loan/grants, not to exceed $1,000 each ($15,000)
TOTAL Reinvestment, 125 loans, $485,000
How to Access City Services
City Offices are currently open and fully operating. Masks are required upon entry. Social distancing signage is in place.
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