Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Information

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Odessa, Texas COVID-19 Updates and Information

The City of Odessa is actively monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). On this page you will find the latest news and information affecting our community.

Governor Abbott scales restaurant occupancy limits back to 50% and closes bars.

The City of Odessa will be providing mobile COVID-19 testing starting June 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Testing

For businesses that have chosen to open check out this resource to figure your sq ft. and occupancy limits.

April 27, 2020 - The Governor's Report to Open Texas

Cover of Governor's Report to Open Texas, April 27, 2020, Texans helping Texans

City of Odessa and Ector County COVID-19 numbers

Visit the Ector County COVID-19 page for more information.


Mayor's Facebook COVID-19 Updates - Video updates from Mayor Turner's Facebook page.

Governor Abbott's Executive Orders - Executive Order information issued by Governor Abbott.

FAQ for Limited Shelter in Place - Answers to questions about the Limited Shelter in Place order.

CDC COVID-19 Information - Very useful and informational page from the CDC about COVID-19.

How to make and wear cloth face coverings. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Learn more.

Running Essential Errands - Information on how to responsibly perform essential daily errands.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home - Information on how to properly and safely clean your home to protect against COVID-19.

State Testing Criteria - To provide information about what’s happening with COVID-19 in Texas, public health laboratories will use this criteria to prioritize testing.

Isolation Precautions for COVID-19 - Non-test-based strategy for releasing cases and contacts from home isolation and quarantine.

Priority for Testing Patients with Suspected COVID-19 Infection

If you believe your business is essential, click here.

Governor's Executive Orders

A lot of people have questions about the Executive Orders the Governor put in place. This document will help answer a lot of questions you all may have. Governor's Executive Orders Q&A.

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

A novel (new) coronavirus with origins from bats. The disease abbreviated COVID-19, is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. This novel coronavirus strain is capable of causing more severe respiratory disease than previously circulating coronaviruses. Due to the severity of the disease caused by COVID-19 new recommendations for screening and isolation of these patients are recommended.

How is COVID-19 spread?

  • Person-to-person spread - The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • 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. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
    • It 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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose)

Questions that health professionals and EMS crews will ask you.

Texas J Regional Advisory

How can I help protect myself?

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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.

Valuable Resources:

Medical Center Health System

Ector County Coronavirus Page

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Texas Dept. of Health and Human Resources

How to Home Proof Your Home Against Coronavirus and Flu

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

Map of Restaurants That Take-Out or Deliver:

Odessa Restaurants Map

Pay Online:

Pay Your Water Utility Bill Online

Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online

Event Cancellations and Closings

Bars are to close until further notice.

Firecracker Fandango 2020 has been cancelled.

Bustin for Badges has been postponed.

Prevent Sewer Blockage by Not Flushing Wipes and Other Products.



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