COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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City of Aransas Pass issues a Stay at Home Order

March 27, 2020

Read the full order here.

Update from Aransas Pass Mayor Ram Gomez on COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Below is an update on what is happening today in our community on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to urge our citizens to continue to comply with our Governor’s Order and practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of groups of more than 10 people to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

THE CITY OF ARANSAS PASS ISSUED A STAY AT HOME ORDER TODAY TO BE EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020 AT 11:59 PM AND CONTINUING UNTIL 11:59 PM, ON APRIL 8, 2020.

  • Nueces County issued a Stay At Home Order effective at 11:59 pm on March 26, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 on April 8, 2020,
  • Aransas County issued a Stay At Home Order effective 11:59 on March 28, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 pm on April 14, 2020.
  • As of noon today, Texas has 1,731 COVID-19 cases, and 23 deaths,
  • San Patricio County has 2 confirmed COVID-19 cases,
  • City Hall offices will remain open during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm to serve the needs of our community.
  • Public Works department will also be taking calls, and shifts will be working on a skeleton crew.  Permits can be done online.  Inspections can be scheduled by calling (361) 758-3111.  Transfer Stations will remain open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during regular operating hours.
  • The Marshall Lane roadway construction project will continue as planned.
  • Election Update:  Other surrounding cities postponing the May 2, 2020 election also include Ingleside and Ingleside on the Bay.
  • In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important that we complete the Census2020.  To complete online, go to:  www.my2020census.gov or by phone, for English call 1-844-330-2020, for Spanish call 1-844-468-2020
  • Emergency Operations Center staff continue to meet daily to discuss latest developments related to COVID-19.
  • REMEMBER: Wash your hands early and often every day; use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery; and Stay Home – Stay Safe.
  • I ask that we join together as a community and pray for God’s blessing, protection and strength in this time of crisis.

Mayor Ram Gomez

Aransas County issues Stay at Home Order

March 27, 2020

Read the full order or get more information from https://www.aransascountytx.gov

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans

March 27, 2020

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-mandating-14-day-quarantine-for-travelers-arriving-from-new-york-tri-state-area-new-orleans2

Update from Aransas Pass Mayor Ram Gomez on COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Below is an update on what is happening today in our community on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to urge our citizens to continue to comply with our Governor’s Order and practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of groups of more than 10 people to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

As of the posting of this update on March 26th, at 4:00 pm:

  • The City of Aransas Pass lies in three counties:  Aransas, Nueces, and San Patricio.  Aransas and San Patricio Counties have NOT issued a Stay-at-Home order.  The City of Aransas Pass is monitoring Aransas and San Patricio Counties on this action before taking any possible action.
  • As of noon today Texas has 1,396 COVID-19 cases, and 18 deaths,
  • San Patricio County has 2 confirmed COVID-19 cases,
  • Reassure Aransas Pass residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic, city offices will remain open during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm to serve the needs of our community,
  • The Request for Proposals for the Conn Brown Harbor Roadway Reconstruction project are being delayed a few days,
  • Emergency Operations Center staff continue to meet daily to discuss latest developments related to COVID-19.
  • REMEMBER: Wash your hands early and often every day; use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery; and Stay Home – Stay Safe.

Mayor Ram Gomez

Update from Aransas Pass Mayor Ram Gomez on COVID-19

March 25, 2020

At the end of each day, I will be sending an update to the citizens of Aransas Pass on what is happening locally in our community on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to urge our citizens to continue to comply with our Governor’s Order and practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of groups of more than 10 people to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  •   As of 4:00 pm on March 25, 2020, the City of Aransas Pass has not issued a Shelter-in-Place Order.
  • There are two confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Patricio County.  The first individual was from McLennan County, and the second case is a San Patricio County resident who had close contact with the existing individual.  Both are in stable condition, did not require hospitalization, and are in isolation in San Patricio County.  
  • All lobby areas to City public buildings are closed to avoid social gatherings,
  • The Library, Civic Center and Aquatic Center are closed,
  • The $3.00 Processing Fee when using a credit card to pay utility bills is being waived.  This prevents citizens from having to come to city hall,
  • The city is suspending service disconnections and will not apply late charges to account for nonpayment,
  • In compliance with Governor’s Order, the May 2, 2020 Election has been postponed until November 3, 2020 to ensure the health and safety of our citizens and as an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,
  • At the March 23, 2020 council meeting, the council voted to extend the disaster declaration for 60 days,
  • Please do NOT flush disinfectant wipes, baby wipes or paper towels into the toilet as it causes major problems in the sewage system.  Do NOT flush anything unless it is toilet paper,
  • Emergency Operation Center staff meets daily to discuss latest development related to COVID-19,

Mayor Ram Gomez

March 20, 2020


  • In compliance with Executive Order No. GA-08 issued by Governor Greg Abbott on March 19, 2020, City Staff closed City facilities and City Lobbies to the public and modified hours and operations. PDF of the Agenda Memo
  • On March 19, 2020 Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA08 relating to COVID-19 which states that every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. Concerns over COVID-19 continue to increase in our community. In an effort to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, at the March 23, 2020 council meeting and future council meetings we are encouraging residents to livestream City Council meetings through the city’s YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/user/CityOfAransasPass. To further comply with the Governor’s Order steps will be taken to ensure that we do not exceed the maximum number of 10 people. For those in attendance at public meetings, hand sanitizers will be available, chairs will be spaced six (6) feet apart, and TV monitors will be available outside of the meeting room for viewing. 

The city will continue to move forward with city business, and taking measures like this will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our citizens.

March 19, 2020

The City of Aransas Pass response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order GA 08.

STATE MESSAGE

Today, at noon, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that goes into effect tomorrow at midnight. In brief, the order imposes the following:

  1. Limits social gatherings to 10 people;
  2. Closes bars and gyms along with dining in at restaurants. Restaurants may deliver food and alcohol to patrons.
  3. Closes off nursing homes to visitors except to provide critical care.
  4. Closes Texas schools.  

This order shall remain in effect until April 3, 2020, but could be extended. The Governor emphasized that this is not a shelter-in-place.

CITY RESPONSE

What does this mean for Aransas Pass? The city held a department head staff meeting shortly after the Governor spoke. Mayor Ram Gomez and Chamber Director Rosemary Vega were in attendance. The following operational changes will soon take place:

  1. The City Library, Civic Center, and pool will close or remain closed during this period
  2. Public works, Building Department, City Hall, and Municipal Court will be closed to the public. They will, however, be doing business by phone and over the internet. You can click on the one you’d like to do business with for more details. For general information by phone, call 361-758-5301 (City Hall).
  3. The Police Department lobby will remain open for essential services.
  4. The Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce Director Rosemary Vega and her team will be reaching out to local businesses to apprise them of these updates.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

There are a few remaining issues that seem to keep coming up. We hope the following will help clarify and provide you with the best information we have at this time:

  1. Domestic supply lines for food, water, dry goods, and essentials are working. Many of the shortages experienced are due to panic buying. The closings announced above, DO NOT apply to stores, nor is that expected.
  2. If you or someone you know has found themselves unemployed due to this crisis, visit the Texas Workforce Commission’s website for more information. 
  3. For the latest information on this virus, visit the CDC’s webpage on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

March 12, 2020

From the Office of Emergency Management.

    With growing concerns over COVID19, our office is constantly monitoring the situation.  We are in daily contact with County, State, and Federal health officials.  There is statewide coordination between emergency management personal.  We will keep the public updated as best we can as the situation develops.  At this time the best practices are;

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer if unable to wash
  • If you are ill, stay home call your healthcare provider for advice
  • If you are over 65 or immune-compromised, avoid large gatherings in enclosed spaces

As more information develops, we will bring it to you via this webpage and our social media platforms.  Please check back often.  

- Capt. Lynn Pearce, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Aransas Pass