Coronavirus (COVID-19) -
What You Need to Know

United Way of Central Texas is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and Bell County. We encourage you to learn more about the spread of the virus and how to protect yourself and your family.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also is maintaining a robust website with information and answers to commonly asked questions here.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) also has a COVID-19 webpage with information for the public, travelers, healthcare professionals, public health partners and others.

The CDC has reported illnesses from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Updates from the Bell County Public Health District

The Bell County Public Health District posts updates to their website relating to current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bell County HERE (

Bell County has set up a page for county orders related to COVID-19, HERE.

A hotline for COVID-19 questions has been established by the Texas Medical Association: 877-570-9779

2-1-1 Texas is another great resource for information on COVID-19. Call specialists are available 24/7. Simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
The best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

updated March 24, 2020