How can Texans slow the spread of COVID-19?


Last Updated on March 18, 2020 – 1:44 PM CDT

Editors Note: Local guidelines may differ based on date/time and other local factors. For specific Moore County Hospital guidelines please visit their website at:

Texas Health and Human Services (DSHS) published the following information on its website on March 18th outlining specific things Texans can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. View the latest info released from DSHS visit their website at

  • The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Texans must act now.
  • Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, older, and/or have a medical condition.
  • If you are sick, stay home except to access medical care. If you are able to take care of yourself, stay home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and non-essential trips into the public.
  • Cancel events of more than 10 people.
  • Limit close contact (at least six feet) with other people. Employers should allow alternative work options as much as possible.

What else can people do to protect themselves and others?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.