Donations for COVID-19 Office of the Texas Governor
For your safety, the below file contains information about DPS locations where an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
IMPORTANT TRAVELER INFORMATION
Governor Abbott has issued an Executive Order mandating a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Texas from the New York Tri-State Area and New Orleans.
This order takes effect Saturday, March 28, 2020, beginning at noon.
March 20, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott releases a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging Texans to practice social distancing by staying home in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In response to COVID-19, DPS is limiting public access to department facilities to protect the public and our employees, promote social distancing and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite limited physical access to our buildings, DPS remains open for business and continues to provide essential services to Texans as our employees conduct operations remotely; therefore, the public should experience minimal impact from this temporary change. Read more in this Press Release.
DPS is reporting to the Public Health Authorities that two DPS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Public safety is our number one concern, and the department will work in conjunction with public health authorities to provide any additional information necessary to notify the public of these positive cases.
While the department continues to follow the guidelines and protocols set by health authorities and state and federal leaders, we know that the number of DPS employees impacted by COVID-19 could continue to rise. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve around the state, country and across the world. Please know that the safety of the public and our employees is at the forefront of our decisions, and the department will continue to update this page should the need arise if any additional employees test positive for COVID-19.
(March 23, 2020: DPS Issues Update on Last Week's Release Regarding Employee Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 | Read the update in this Press Release.)
At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott and in light of the governor’s State of Disaster Declaration related to COVID-19, DPS has been directed to extend the expiration date of Texas identification cards (ID), driver licenses (DL), commercial DLs (CDL) and election identification certificates (EIC). Additionally, the department has been directed to close DL offices effective Thursday, March 19, until directed to reopen by the governor. These actions come as the state works to limit the ongoing spread of COVID-19 by increasing social distancing in communities.
Read more about the DL extension, office closures and online services for eligible Texans.
March 12, 2020: DPS is taking preventative measures against COVID-19 by implementing additional sanitation practices at driver license (DL) offices and issuing guidance to members of the department on best practices, as we know that common sense hygiene and cleaning practices can aid in preventing the spread of many diseases, including COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19, which are similar to those you take to avoid the flu. That’s why the department has posted signage throughout DPS offices related to best practices for hygiene and prevention efforts. Read more about these efforts.
From Texas Health and Human Services (HHS):
HHS encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals to community resources to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
From Texas Department of State Health Services: On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.” Read more about the declaration.