Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

We understand that practicing social distancing can be disruptive, frustrating, and feel scary. Especially when the reason is a new disease for which there may be limited information. However, we ask that the community continue to practice social distancing until the threat has passed.

** Posted 3/28/20 8:30 PM **

A Message to Our Fate Community from Mayor Joe Burger

March 28, 2O2O As you know, Rockwall County health officials have confirmed a positive case of the COVID-19 in our city. Please keep this person in your thoughts and prayers.

Going forward, health officials are monitoring this person and will provide additional details to the extent private information can be shared. If you have a COVID-19 question, please call the Rockwall County Coronavirus Task Force at 972-204-7080.

I urge every citizen to comply with the City of Fate and the Rockwall County stay-at-home orders and use other precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 virus. Staying at home is difficult, but this is a short-term sacrifice and is needed for our long-term health and well-being, both as a community and state.

Please remember we are a community of deep faith and a strong sense of community. We will weather this storm together. Please reassure our children that we will get through this and our community will be stronger. Please stay educated about the virus, keep in contact in a socially responsible manner, and remain positive.

I urge you to take this time to watch a movie together, play board games, listen to your favorite music, and focus on the many blessings we all have in our lives. We are so blessed!

We all need to stick together, support our family, friends, and neighbors in this difficult period. We wish the person impacted by COVID-19 a quick recovery.

God bless you. Stay safe. We are #fatestrong! Only together can we #flattenthecurve.


Mayor Joe Burger

Mayor Joe Burger
COVID-19 update 3-28-20

Rockwall County

** Posted 3/24/2020 3:40 PM **

Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020, unless terminated or modified by subsequent Order: All individuals currently living within Rockwall County are ordered to remain at their place of residence. View the full Order of County Judge David Sweet here.

A Message from Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas

** Posted 3/20/2020 5:40 PM **

Please be advised, as of 12 p.m. Friday, March 20, there have been ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rockwall County under public health monitoring. However, the Rockwall County Health Authority has spoken to physicians seeing patients all over the county for suspected COVID-19 infections. Each of the physicians contacted feels they are already seeing patients with mild COVID-19 infections. The physicians have instructed patients to isolate at home without testing. At this point, it is safe to assume that there is some level of community spread in Rockwall County.  

Everyone must do their part in protecting themselves, their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community, and the healthcare system by following CDC guidance on self-care at home if experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms worsen and you begin to develop shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider before going to their office or an emergency room. Please understand that testing capabilities remain very limited across the country. 

Gary A. Bonacquisti MD, FACHE, Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas

** Posted 3/20/2020 at 12:30 PM **

I know we are all living in a very different reality in the midst of a global pandemic.  There are things we all need to be doing to get through this together and limit the spread and damage of this novel virus on the back end.  

1.    Mitigation and social distancing - The best way we can prevent this virus is avoiding contact.  Do not leave your house unless you absolutely have to.  If you must leave, such as shopping, practice social distancing. That means keeping at least 6 feet away from other individuals. Wash hands frequently and do not touch your mouth or face unless you recently washed your hands well.

2.    Avoid gathering together - Do not eat in restaurants/bars. Order take out or home delivery. Avoid gyms, dance classes, movie theatres, etc.  There should not be any grouping of more than 10 people in any one room and these individuals should be socially distanced. 

3.    If you are sick stay home - Most Covid19 infections are mild in 80 percent of individuals infected.  Treat with rest, fluids and Tylenol for the fever. Avoid anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Naprosyn, Aleve, etc. These can make infections worse.  If others in your house are not sick, socially isolate in your house.  I.e... The sick individual should use one bathroom and stay away from others in the house.  Testing capabilities are still very limited across the country.  The hospitals, at this time, are only testing individuals that are at a hospital-level of illness. This means people having respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or chest pain. We must avoid overwhelming our health care system.  If you have a mild illness, stay at home. If you worsen and begin to develop shortness of breath contact your provider before going to their office or an emergency room.   We must protect our healthcare workers so that they stay well and are there to treat those more seriously ill. There is no current treatment for coronavirus. If you go to an emergency room or physician’s office for mild symptoms you are exposing more individuals in the community and healthcare workers unnecessarily. 

4.    We must Flatten the Curve - #flattenthecurve.  The curve refers to the current level of infection.  If it rises above what our healthcare system can handle people will die needlessly. We will run out of our ability to treat those with more severe coronavirus infections, as well as normal illnesses we treat every day, such as heart attacks, strokes, or even normal everyday pneumonia.   What is YOUR role in this and how do we Flatten the Curve.   STAY at HOME!!!!!!

5.    Lastly and if you are not already aware - This is the NOT the flu.  It is much more transmissible with a much higher mortality and morbidity.  The young are being infected and multiple individuals in their 20’s, without any previous medical conditions, are on ventilators across the United States. I tell you this, not to frighten you, but to inform you so that we all can make wise decisions for our families and our community.   

6.    Please visit the CDC website for the care of self at home and precautions for worsening illness.

In your service. Gary A. Bonacquisti MD, FACHE, Rockwall County Health Authority, State of Texas. 

Gary A. Bonacquisti MD

State Wide Changes

** Posted 3/20/2020 at 10 AM **

The Texas Department of State Health Services has determined that, as of March 19, 2020, COVID-19 represents a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

The executive order is for a limited duration. For now, the order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 20 and continues until 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020. The restrictions could be extended in the future.

The Governor has issued Executive Order No. GA-08 which provides that:

  • Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people;
  • People shall avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; however, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options are allowed and highly encouraged;
  • People shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance; and
  • Schools shall temporarily close.

At this time, this is not a shelter in place order. The Governor’s order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Businesses will continue to provide essential services.

What is the Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

What Can You Do

There are simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • 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.
  • Practice social distancing.

Education: Visit the following websites for leading agency information.