North Richland Hills Declaration of Disaster
March 13, 2020 Updates
Declaration of Disaster
This evening, North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino signed a declaration of local disaster for public health emergency to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community. The declaration enables the City of North Richland Hills to become eligible to seek emergency assistance if needed in response to impacts of the global outbreak of COVID-19. There are no reports of coronavirus in North Richland Hills currently and we are making every effort to keep it that way. The declaration of disaster will last for the next seven days unless otherwise extended by the City Council.
Both President Donald Trump and Governor Greg Abbott issued National and State emergency declarations earlier today allowing federal and state assistance to areas affected by COVID-19 as it continues to impact the United States. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has also signed a declaration of local disaster due to a public health emergency. A public health emergency declaration assists federal, state and local government in securing supplies, equipment, and funding to respond to and recover from emergencies.
NRH Facility Closings
After an extensive review of all city operations and in accordance with recommendations by Tarrant County Public Health Department issued March 13, 2020, the following City of North Richland Hills facilities are closed to the public effective at the close of business on Friday, March 13 and will remain closed until April 1, 2020. All city business is encouraged to be conducted online, by email, or by phone. All NRH Police and Fire operations remain unchanged. Please see the listings below.
The following facilities are closed to the public until April 1, 2020:
• NRH City Hall, 817-427-6000
• NRH Water Department, 817-427-6200
• NRH Municipal Court, 817-427-6700
• NRH Animal Adoption & Rescue Center, 817-427-6570
• NRH Neighborhood Services, 817-427-6650
• NRH Development Services (Permits & Inspections), 817-427-6300
• NRH Library, 817-427-6800
• NRH Centre, 817-427-6600
• NRH Grand Hall, 817-427-6640
• Richland Tennis Center, 817-427-6680
Additional NRH closures and cancellations:
• NRH Senior Center closed until May 1, 2020
• City sponsored special events cancelled through May 1.
• Library meeting room bookings, events, classes, and programs are suspended through May 1. This includes storytimes and toddler time.
• NRH Centre indoor recreation programs and classes canceled until May 1.
• All NRH athletic fields, athletic field reservations, and pavilion reservations are canceled and closed until April 1. Please contact 817-427-6620 for athletic fields and pavilion information.
Please visit our department directory for contact information. Call the department directly or call 817-427-6000 to be directed to the appropriate personnel.
Frequent evaluation of operations will be ongoing and any extension of these closures will be communicated through all NRH city web pages and city social media pages.
Our number one priority remains the well-being of our citizens and employees. The City of North Richland Hills is taking every possible precaution to protect our community. The City of North Richland Hills is working closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department, the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay up to date on this evolving situation through daily conference calls. We are also updating our response / contingency plans and providing outreach and education as needed to ensure North Richland Hills is prepared to deal with COVID-19.
All citizens are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines concerning the COVID-19 virus listed below. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 or public health issues, please call the Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline at 817-248-6299.
Stop the Spread of Germs – March 5, 2020
Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline: 817-248-6299
While North Texans remain at low risk for the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), health officials recommend everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including coronavirus and influenza, is to practice everyday preventive actions:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The City of North Richland Hills is working closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department, the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay up to date on this evolving situation through daily conference calls. We are also updating our response / contingency plans and providing outreach and education as needed to ensure North Richland Hills is prepared to deal with COVID-19.
For more information regarding novel coronavirus activity in the United States, please visit the following websites:
Center for Disease Control
Texas Health and Human Services
Tarrant County Public Health
If you have questions, please call the Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline at 817-248-6299.