While there is no current mask order in the State of Texas, we recommend wearing a mask and taking these steps to protect yourself from the spread of COVID-19:
- Practice social distancing with at least six feet between parties outside of your household
- Large gatherings are discouraged
- Minimize social gatherings with individuals outside of your household
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands
- Stay home if you are sick
- Denton County Public Health
- Texas Health & Human Services: Coronavirus Resources
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus Cases in the United States
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): COVID-19 Resource Page
- Resources for Community Preparedness (CDC), i.e., churches, schools, workplaces, large gatherings, healthcare providers, and first responders
- North Texas Municipal Water District Message
What is the role of the County Health Department?
The Health Department investigates cases, follows up with individuals who are being monitored and reports to the state information about local cases.
What is the Town’s role?
The Town of Little Elm supports County initiatives and operations as needed. We maintain our role as authority and response regarding our facilities.
How is COVID-19 spread?
The virus can be spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, and touching your face after touching a surface with the virus on it. Symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, and severe illness.
COVID-19 may also spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), or via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some researchers believe that COVID-19 could potentially be spread by touching a surface or object that is contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
The CDC believes symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
What is social distancing?
According to the Denton County Public Health Department, the term "social distancing" refers to:
- Avoiding groups of people and large events
- Staying six feet away from other people, when possible
- Skipping handshakes, hugs, and high-fives
- Using online transactions
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Businesses, organizations, universities, and school districts choosing to close schools, cancellation of events, or requesting that employees and students stay home.
You are being asked to do this because social distancing helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help to prevent the overwhelming of our medical facilities. Even if you do not fall into a high-risk category, consider that many others do. We all play a part in public health.
Who can I call if I have COVID-19 questions?
We encourage you to direct your questions to the Texas Department of State Health Services any day of the week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dial 2-1-1, then choose option 6. The Denton County Public Health Department has also established a hotline for questions at 940-349-2585.