Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19)

The purpose of this page is only to offer a general overview of the existing public health situation that is causing facility closures, event cancelations, and service level adjustments. The information on this page was current as of March 29, 2021. 

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic. There is substantial community spread* of COVID-19 in Tarrant County. The public is urged to stay at home if possible, to avoid gatherings with people who are not in the same household, and to limit in-person contact — except for in the pursuit of essential or re-opened services. To receive official COVID-19 information, sign up for the latest CDC updates.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

Closures, Cancellations, and Service Level Adjustments

EVENTS

City-sponsored events are being considered on an individual basis at this time. All upcoming events can be viewed at cityofkennedale.com/cal.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

City Council meetings and any necessary meetings of the various Boards and Commissions are being held via TeleConference and/or VideoConference at this time. However, staff is in the process of moving meetings back to an in-person format. Please watch for updates and always check the agenda for access information. View recent Council meetings on the City’s YouTube channel.

STAY INFORMED AND ENGAGED

The City of Kennedale will continue to evaluate service levels. Monitor the City’s online presence for current information in this rapidly changing environment:

THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE FOLLOWING SOURCES FOR THE MOST CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION:

COVID-19 Vaccine

Tarrant County continues accepting registrations for those who wish to receive the vaccine and are within an approved group. Those eligible can register at  tarrantcounty.com/covidshot. As of Monday, March 29, 2021, everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas.

COVID-19 Hotlines

COVID-19 Testing

To check symptoms or make an appointment, visit covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com. To find a Texas testing location outside of Tarrant County, visit covidtest.tdem.texas.gov.

COVID-19 Tarrant County Testing Sites

  • Dickies Arena Parking Garage
    Drive-through testing for all Tarrant County residents, first responders, and essential personnel
    1911 Montgomery Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • Free testing
    • PCR/Saliva
    • Drive Through
  • JP Elder Middle School
    Drive-through testing for all Tarrant County residents, first responders and essential personnel
    709 NW 21st Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76164
    Daily, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    • Free Testing; No insurance required
    • PCR/Saliva
    • Drive Through
  • East Arlington Library at Park Plaza
    Drive-through testing for all Tarrant County residents, first responders and essential personnel
    1624 New York Avenue
    Arlington, TX 76010
    Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • Free Testing; No insurance required
    • PCR
    • Drive Through
  • TCC Southeast Campus
    2100 Southeast Parkway
    Arlington, TX 76018
    Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Free testing; No insurance required
    • Cheek Swab
    • Appointments recommended, but not required
Cloth Maks Guidelines
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State Mask Requirement Expired March 10, 2021

On Tuesday, March 2, Governor Abbott signed GA-34, repealing face-covering requirements and allowing businesses to operate at full capacity (unless otherwise ordered by a Judge in a County with high hospitalization rates), effective March 10, 2021. Following Abbott's announcement, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley released an order immediately terminating face-covering requirements.

The State and County Orders each note that this does not preclude businesses or other establishments from requiring minimum hygiene measures for staff and/or patrons including, but not limited to, face coverings. As a reminder, the CDC does not recommend face coverings for children under 2 years old.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND TESTING INFO

Thanks to your efforts in following public health guidance, we are seeing downward trends in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and other indicators of the spread of the disease in Tarrant County. However, the county is still at a level of "Substantial Community Transmission". You are encouraged to continue minimizing social gatherings and in-person contact with those outside your household — especially if you are an older adult or are living with serious chronic medical conditions. Social distancing, cloth face coverings, and increased hygiene can still help prevent exposure. Help Tarrant County stay on the right track.

If a planned activity is nonessential or for leisure, consider your health and the health of those you are in regular contact with. If you must go out, you are urged to wear a mask, maintain 6 (six) feet of social distance, not touch your face, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

COVID Risk by Activity

Texans, when able, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household. Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should stay at home as much as possible and cancel or postpone nonessential travel. Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older. Those who do leave home should implement social distancing, utilize cloth face coverings, and practice good hygiene.

Tarrant County now has COVID-19 testing sites in Fort Worth and Arlington. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. To do a self-screening and make an appointment go to covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com

Guidance for quarantine and data is posted on the CDC website. For non-urgent questions about COVID-19 call the information line at 817-248-6299 (available 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily). For more information go to coronavirus.tarrantcounty.com.

* The CDC defines "substantial community spread" as large-scale community transmission; healthcare staffing significantly impacted; multiple cases within communal settings.

Pursuant to a Declaration signed by Mayor Brian Johnson, the City of Kennedale will recognize the more restrictive of the rules adopted by the State of Texas and by Tarrant CountyHowever, staff cannot interpret any directives imposed at these levels of government. Each business or individual must consult the State and County documents to determine how your business or personal activities might be impacted.

Food Pantry

Assistance Programs and Resources

Food Resources

FUMC’s Mission Store and Community Food Pantry (229 W 4th Street) offers produce, canned goods, and staple foods on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
View Other Local Food Resources

Rental Assistance Program For Tarrant County Residents 

If you have a COVID-related loss of income that keeps you from paying your rent and you live in greater Tarrant County (outside of Fort Worth), rental assistance may be available. Get information and applications at renthelp.tarrantcounty.com.

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 ( or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four.

Second COVID-19 Relief Package

Among its many provisions, the package includes direct payments of up to $600 per adult and child (dependent upon income);  unemployment, SNAP, and rental assistance; small business aid; and funding for vaccine distribution.

FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 from April 1 through December 31, 2020. 

Assistance for Small Businesses and Employers

Fraud and Scam Protection

As the number of people with Coronavirus grows, so does the number of scammers trying to take advantage of our collective fear and anxiety to steal our money. Please be wary of anyone requesting your identifying information through emails or phone calls. Be careful about online sales pitches and requests for information purporting to protect your health and well-being. If you have a question about a call or message you have received, call non-emergency dispatch at 817-478-5416 to speak with an officer. KPD is committed to helping you verify the validity of any communication and preventing you from falling victim to fraud.

OTHER RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Administration Actions and Federal Agency Resources

USA.gov is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus. Federal agencies’ coronavirus websites with important information and guidance: 

  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Department of Education (DoED)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of State (DOS) (View All Travel Advisories)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Department of the Treasury (USDT) (Assistance for Small Businesses)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)