COVID-19

  1. Public health emergency alert to wear face masks in public spaces

    Governor issues Executive Order requiring face masks in public spaces

    Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order July 2, 2020 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. Read on...
  2. July 8, 2020 COVID-19 testing numbers for Taylor County
  3. The City&#39s response to Governor Abbott&#39s June 26, 2020 Executive Order

    City response to Governor Abbott's June 26th Executive Order

    The City of Abilene encourages all citizens and business owners to follow Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order issued earlier today, limiting certain businesses and services in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  4. City Facilities Reopening

    UPDATED: Reopening dates for City of Abilene services and facilities

    The City of Abilene is working to reopen City facilities and services in accordance with the Governor's Open Texas guidelines. Click here for current opening information updated 5/18/20. Read on...
  5. Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of May 6, 2020

    Required change in test reporting brings total cases of COVID-19 in Taylor County to 206

    The Texas Department of State Health Services has notified the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District of two changes needing to made in its reporting of COVID-19 positive test results. Read on...
  6. Thirty six AFD personnel self isolate with COVID-19

    Thirty-six Abilene Fire Department self-isolate with COVID-19

    An additional seven members of the department are in self-quarantine awaiting test results. Read on...
  7. MERCY Clinic and Health District close to public until further notice

    MERCY Clinic and Abilene Taylor County Public Health District closed to public

    Tele-services and COVID-19 testing still are available by calling 325.676.6634 or 325.692.5600. Read on...
  8. Coronavirus update for April 22, 2020
  9. Notice of news conference April 20, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.
  10. Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports 2nd COVID-19 death for Taylor County

    Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports second COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

    The deceased patient was a male in his 70s, with underlying health conditions, who was being cared for at Hendrick Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. Read on...
  11. Coronavirus update for April 9, 2020

    Possible exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals at Southwest Drive Walmart

    The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District would like to notify the public of possible exposure to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 at Abilene’s south side Walmart located at 4350 Southwest Drive. Read on...
  12. Coronavirus-Update_4-4-NewsFlash

    Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports first COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

    The deceased patient was a female in her 40s, and a resident of Disability Resources, Inc. (DRI) with underlying medical conditions. Read on...
  13. Testing Update March 28 2020

    Abilene Taylor County Public Health District receives four positive COVID-19 test results

    These four positive test results brings the total positive test count for Taylor County and Dyess Air Force Base to seven. Read on...
  14. A message from Mayor Anthony Williams

    A message from Mayor Anthony Williams

    Mayor Anthony Williams shares a message with residents as he plans to take another step to further safeguard the health of our community against COVID-19 Read on...
  15. Testing Update for March 27 2020

    Abilene Taylor County Public Health District receives second positive COVID-19 test result

    This is the second positive test result received by the Health District, and the third total for Taylor County and Dyess AFB Read on...
  16. Coronavirus update for March 27, 2020

    Details around first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Taylor County

    An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the first individual to test positive for COVID-19 in Taylor County has revealed the following information... Read on...
  17. Graphic image announcing first confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in Taylor County

    Abilene Taylor-County Health District receives first confirmed positive test result for COVID-19

    The infected individual was tested Wednesday, March 25, and received notification of their positive test result Thursday, March 26. Read on...
  18. Remember to practice social distancing and sanitize at City parks

    Residents urged to practice social distancing and sanitize at City parks

    It's important to know Community Services’ Parks and Recreation crews do not sanitize City park equipment or surfaces. Read on...
  19. Graphic image for COVID-19 update as of March 23, 2020

    Extension of Disaster Declaration Limits Gatherings to 10

    Effective immediately after signing on March 23, 2020, Mayor Anthony Williams has directed residents to limit social gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  20. Graphic image stating COVID19 update from City of Abilene as of March 17 2020

    Gatherings Limited, City Closures Announced to Limit Potential for Spread of COVID-19

    Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams and City administration has taken these steps to promote social distancing in our community. Read on...
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  1. Basic Info
  2. Prevention
  3. Testing
  4. Quarantine
  5. Transparency
  6. More Info

Is there a hotline I can call for more information on COVID-19?

Yes, please call 2-1-1 for all general COVID-19 questions.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a new virus that has the potential to cause severe illness, including pneumonia, in some individuals.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person by respiratory droplets. Normally, to come into contact with these droplets, individuals must be within 6 feet of someone who is contagious. Individuals may also become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. To learn more about how COVID-19 spreads, please visit Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from cdc.gov.

What are the symptoms and when do they appear?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear within 2-14 days of exposure. This is why quarantine for COVID-19 lasts 14 days. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For more information on symptoms please visit Symptoms on the cdc.gov website.

How is COVID-19 treated?

There are currently no treatments for COVID-19. People infected with the virus should receive supportive care to relieve symptoms. These include getting lots of rest and drinking plenty of fluids. For severe cases, treatment may require hospitalization.

Who is most vulnerable to COVID-19?

Older adults, individuals who are immunocompromised and those with a serious medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes and/or lung disease are at the highest risk. For more information, please visit If You Are at Higher Risk on cdc.gov

I’m healthy. Why should I be concerned about COVID-19?

While young people generally have less risk of death related to COVID-19, they can still have severe cases that can lead to hospitalization and they are also capable of infecting others.

I’m COVID-19 positive and want to breastfeed, how do I do so safely?

Mothers who are breastfeeding and become COVID-19 positive can continue to breastfeed as long as they wash their hands before touching their baby and wear a mask while breastfeeding. 

  1. Mythbusting
  2. Stay Vigilant, Abilene

Mythbusting COVID-19

For these and more myths & information visit the World Health Organization’s Myth Busters page.

Do not spray or introduce bleach into your body. This WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can

Spraying and introducing bleach or another disinfectant into your body WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous

Do not under any circumstance spray or introduce bleach or any other disinfectant into your body. These substances can be poisonous if ingested and cause irritation and damage to your skin and eyes. Bleach and disinfectant should be used carefully to disinfect surfaces only. Remember to keep chlorine (bleach) and other disinfectants out of reach of children.


Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks like 5G

5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19

Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose. 


Drinking excessive alcohol DOES NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous

Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous

Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems. 


Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more DOES NOT mean you are free from COVID-19 or an

Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop more severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia. The best way to confirm if you have  the virus producing COVID-19 disease is with a laboratory test.  You cannot confirm it with this breathing exercise, which can even be dangerous.


Exposing yourself to the sun or to high temperatures DOES NOT prevent nor cure COVID-19

Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C (77F) degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.