Coronavirus Information

Page Updated: January 11
The Denton County Public Health Department is the local public health authority and will share the most updated information. You can visit them at www.dentoncounty.gov/coronavirus

Vaccine Information


Denton County Public Health now offers COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics and the Vaccine Interest Portal is now open. Please visit DentonCounty.gov/COVID19vaccine to sign up to be placed on the waitlist, learn which phases are able to be vaccinated, when registration for DCPH vaccine clinics open/close, and find other providers in Denton County who've received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Highland Village Fire Department currently does not have vaccines available for the public. We will post to this site when we have vaccines available to administer to those who qualify in Phase 1B. View additional information regarding Phase 1A/1B individuals on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

View the Texas DSHS COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ online. The FAQ is divided into categories and includes basic vaccine information, planning and distribution, effectiveness, getting vaccinated, safety, and more.
December 4 - Denton County is part of Trauma Service Area Region E, along with 18 other counties. In Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order 32 it outlines occupancy restrictions when hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in a Trauma Service Areas (TSA) exceed 15 percent for seven consecutive days.

On December 3, TSA Region E exceeded this threshold, which triggers the following occupancy restrictions, as outlined in Executive Order 32 (and Executive Order 31 for elective procedures):

  • Any business currently operating at 75 percent occupancy, will now be limited to 50 percent occupancy. This occupancy limit does not apply to any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, religious services, childcare facilities, youth camps, recreational sports programs, schools, drive-in concerts, movies, or similar events (under guidelines that maintain appropriate social distancing and that generally require spectators to remain in their vehicles, and that minimize in-person contact between people who are not in the same household or vehicle), and local government operations. This also excludes certain personal care/service businesses that operate with at least six feet of social distancing between work stations such as hair salons/barber shops, nail salons, tattoo studios, tanning salons, and massage establishments.
  • Any non-essential medical surgery or procedure must be postponed, if such surgery would deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.
  • All Denton County bars will close.
The occupancy limits can return to 75 percent when TSA Region E has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.

Governor Abbott issued Order GA-32 which opened bars in qualifying counties and opened every business in Texas to 75% total occupancy with specific guidelines. 
 
On September 17 Governor Abbott issued 
Order GA-30 and Order GA-31 which details the criteria for opening more businesses and which ones are included. View the flyer for a summary.

Governor Abbott issues Order GA-29 requiring use of face coverings for people residing in counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases, with a few exceptions. 

On June 3, Governor Abbott issued Phase 3 of the Open Texas plan in Order GA-26. Updates and guidance can be found at Gov. Abbott's Open Texas website.

Previous Orders:
June 26 - Order GA-28
May 18 - Phase 2 Order GA-23 
May 5 - Update Order GA-21.
May 1 - Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas  Order GA-18
April 17 - three Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas. 
For information on how to prevent the spread of germs like COVID–19 please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html