COVID-19 Care Guide

Abilene City Council has passed a Limited Shelter in Place Order, effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., through Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. To see the Limited Shelter in Place Order in its entirety, click here:

Limited Shelter in Place Order effective 3/31/20 at 12:00 p.m.

Several City facilities have also closed or altered operation to promote social distancing. You can also read the full details in the articles below.

  1. 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...
  2. Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of April 4, 2020
  3. CityLink announces 10 passenger limit on fixed routes

    CityLink fixed routes limited to 10 passengers to maintain social distancing

    Affected routes include 6, 7, 8, 12 and 28, which have have the highest ridership concentration. Read on...
  4. Image of Governor Abbott&#39s Executive Order effective April 2 2020

    City staff determining effect of Governor’s Executive Order on local Limited Shelter in Place Order

    Click here for a look at Governor Abbott's Executive Order taking effect April 2, 2020 while City staff evaluates its impact on Abilene's Limited Shelter in Place Order. Read on...
  5. City of Abilene Limited Shelter in Place Order effective 3/31/20 at 12 noon

    City of Abilene issues Limited Shelter in Place Order to prevent against the spread of COVID-19

    Click here to see the entire Limited Shelter in Place Order passed by Abilene City Council. Read on...
  6. Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of April 1, 2020
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Abilene City Hall limited hours 3/23, closed to public 3/24 until further notice

    City Hall Limited Public Hours March 23, 2020, Closed to Public Beginning March 24

    Monday, March 23, 2020, Abilene City Hall will be open to the public from the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, and closed to the public as of Tuesday. Read on...
  15. Coronavirus Update as of 3-18-20

    Gatherings Limited to 50, City Extends Closures to Limit Potential for Spread of COVID-19

    Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams has issued a disaster declaration, limiting the gathering of individuals in our community to 50, and municipal closures are extended to promote social distancing. Read on...
  16. 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...
  17. Coronavirus Update: No Coronavirus in Drinking Water

    No Coronavirus in Drinking Water

    There is no Coronavirus in our drinking water. It has never been detected in water and the City of Abilene's water treatment methods help remove or inactivate viruses. Read on...
  18. Graphic imaging directing viewers to for latest info and updates on Coronavir

    Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District Reports No Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Taylor County

    Get the latest recommendations from the Public Health District on maintaining the health of our community regarding COVID-19... Read on...
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Basic COVID-19 Information

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

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 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

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.

If I see a large public gathering, how do I report it? 

Gatherings can be reported to the non-emergency police number at (325) 673-8331.