Previous COVID-19 Updates

May 20, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Sixteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

May 15, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Fifteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

A message from Mayor Ray Smith:
National Police Week, the annual celebration highlighting the critically important role played by peace officers throughout the nation, concludes today. The week always includes May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day, when the nation stops to remember and honor those law enforcement personnel who have perished while on duty.
We are one of those fortunate communities that has not lost an officer under these circumstances. And, while we normally participate very actively in events and commemorations during Police Week, we have not had the opportunity to do so this year. Nevertheless, we are extremely appreciative of the work of every member of our Police Department. These men and women work tirelessly, around the clock, every day of the year, to keep us safe and secure in our homes and businesses, even in the face of the dangers they face from seen and unseen threats.
We salute them today, and every day.
-Mayor Ray Smith

May 11, 2020

Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Fifteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

As a reminder our community needs volunteer plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19. People who have recovered from COVID-19 may produce beneficial antibodies in their plasma. People who are severely ill with this infection may recover when given these antibodies. Doctors can use this donated plasma to help severely-ill people recover from the infection. If you are eligible and willing to participate, please call Carter Bloodcare visit their website at https://www.carterbloodcare.org/like-become-covid-19-convalescent-plasma-donor/?fbclid=IwAR3aZX-5vy2rCRHp14CO3tNO4Q8Z0JCNfiVVGjnURlILZzErG75vj2EHN5g

May 8, 2020

Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Fifteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Our neighbor Lilia made an appearance on NBC Kids Nightly News (2:11) and gave a quick shoutout to Prosper, Texas! Now, we are giving Lilia a shoutout! She asked Dr. John Torres, “What vitamin should I take to keep away COVID-19?” Dr. Torres goes on to explain and recommend getting outside and having a well-balanced diet to keep your body healthy. Way to go, Lilia.

As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, your kids may be worried or have questions! The CDC has lots of information that might help you explain what is happening to your children if they have questions like Lilia. Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fschools-childcare%2Ftalking-with-children.html

May 6, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Fourteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

A Message from Mayor Ray Smith

When doubt and uncertainty dominate our world, when fear and anxiety rule our daily lives, when darkness and despair cloud our vision, we always find refuge in prayer. Gathering and lifting our voices in a shared sense of hope, secure in the confidence that our appeal for mercy and kindness will be answered, has always brought us comfort in trying times.

In that spirit, I cordially invite you to attend our National Day of Prayer event scheduled for noon tomorrow (May 7) on the south lawn of Town Hall.  Held nationally on the first Thursday of May, the National Day of Prayer is especially crucial in our current environment.  In times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to shepherd us through periods of trials that seem beyond our reach.

Local children will read scripture as pastors and Town leaders will guide prayers.  Musical interludes will be performed by Danna Miller.

All attendees should practice social distancing by standing six feet apart.  Face coverings are also recommended. I hope you’ll join us, either in person or in spirit.  If you are unable to attend in person, please join us virtually by visiting our Facebook page at noon: https://www.facebook.com/prospertx.gov/

– Mayor Ray Smith

May 4, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Fourteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Fourteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will conduct a special flyover in Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth this Wednesday, May 6 to honor COVID-19 frontline responders and essential workers. The flyover is expected to take place around 11 a.m. for the DFW area. Routes and overhead times will be available tomorrow on the @USNavyBlueAngels Facebook page.

May 1, 2020

Prosper, we are excited to be sharing some good news! With the Governor’s eased restrictions, many of us will be returning to the restaurants we know and love. Restaurants will be allowed to serve at a 25% capacity beginning today. A full list of local restaurants that are open for limited dine-in and curbside pick-up or delivery is available here: https://bit.ly/PTXRestaurant The Town of Prosper is updating to a Readiness Level 3 (Yellow) per the Town’s Emergency Management Plan. We continue to be encouraged by the number of recovered cases in Prosper. As a result, we will begin providing COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning on May 4. The Town’s Emergency Management Staff will continue to constantly monitor and be in contact with all local, regional, and state agencies and health experts for changes in conditions.
Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Fourteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.
Residents are encouraged to stay home, continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

For a list of the Town’s current closures and program cancellations, and for more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit prospertx.gov/coronavirus

For a list of the Town’s current closures and program cancellations, and for more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit prospertx.gov/coronavirus

 

April 30, 2020 – 6:15 p.m.

Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Fourteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.
As things begin to open up, remember to continue to practice good hygiene – this includes cleaning and disinfecting. The difference between cleaning and disinfecting can be a bit confusing!
Cleaning is removing germs and dirt from surfaces using soap and water. But cleaning does not get rid of ALL germs. Disinfecting surfaces involves using chemicals to kill the majority of germs left on surfaces after cleaning.
When cleaning and disinfecting, make sure to keep in mind the following best practices:
-Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect, and wash hands immediately after gloves are removed.
-Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces with soap and water or household cleaners regularly (tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, remotes, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.)
-To disinfect touch screens (phones, tablets), use alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol.
-NEVER mix household cleaners or chemicals. Some can become very dangerous if mixed.
-Be sure the area you’re disinfecting is well-ventilated.
Residents are encouraged to stay home, continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

April 30, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.

A Message from Mayor Smith:

During this week’s Regular meeting, Council members unanimously decided to extend the Town’s Disaster Declaration, putting Prosper in line with the latest order from Governor Abbott.

While I know that there is some ambiguity and confusion in the flurry of orders and declarations from the state, the counties, and the Town, here is a summary of how we will proceed for the time being.

  • The Community Library and the 407 Rec Center will remain closed until May 18.
  • All Town programs, events, and activities are also suspended through May 18.
  • While some Municipal Court services are available, most proceedings have been postponed until June.
  • Town Hall is still open, and Town staff is still working hard to provide you with the same excellent level of service.
  • The Town will re-evaluate closures and cancellations on May 18 and take appropriate action.
  • We will closely monitor the spread of the virus over the next few weeks, and follow the guidance issued by Governor Abbott, to determine if and when Town facilities may open safely.

Please be assured that we will always take a deliberate, and safety-conscience approach when making decisions to re-open Town services and facilities.  I encourage all residents to continue to be vigilant in reducing the spread of the virus by continuing social distancing while you are around others, washing or disinfecting your hands often, and staying home if you are sick.

We will all get through this, but we must work together in a thoughtful, deliberate way.  After all, Prosper is a place where everyone matters, and that will never change.

-Mayor Ray Smith

View the Governor’s Report to Open Texas HERE.

View the Town’s amended Disaster Declaration HERE.

April 29, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Fourteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

A Message from Mayor Ray Smith:

We’ve officially kicked off the “We Prosper Together” campaign, a cooperative charitable giving program that will benefit four local organizations that are providing essential services to our neighbors in need, many who’ve seen their conditions worsen during the COVID-19 crisis.

These organizations include Cornerstone North Central Texas, Lovepacs Prosper, Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors (NNN), and the Prosper Ladies Association’s Summer Lunch Program.  The Town is partnering with the Prosper Chamber of Commerce, the Prosper Rotary Club, and Atmos Energy, each providing either supportive services or cash donations, in support of these non-profit agencies.

The Town of Prosper provides help to families and businesses through utility bill assistance, suspension of fees, deferral of water disconnects, forgiving late charges, and active promotion of approved business practices like take-out and delivery.  In addition, the Town has agreed to waive up to $25,000 of utility bill payments to eligible candidates screened by Cornerstone NCT.

At the same time, the Chamber has committed to donations of $2,000 each to Cornerstone, Lovepacs, and NNN.  The Rotary has committed to $16,500 in donations to be split among Cornerstone, Lovepacs and NNN.  Atmos is donating $5,000 to Cornerstone and is offering bill-paying assistance to their customers in need.

You can help by donating as well.  Contact Cornerstone North Central Texas (https://www.cornerstonenct.org/), Lovepacs Prosper (http://www.lovepacs.org/prosper/), Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors (https://www.n3foodpantry.org/), or the Prosper Ladies Association (https://www.prosperladies.com/), and give what you can.  Our citizens are in tremendous need and your donations will go towards feeding and clothing the families of Prosper.

Helping one another is another outward expression of our community’s well-known caring nature.  One of my favorite Bible verses is quite appropriate.  John 31:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I invite you to join us in showing our love for our neighbors in need.  Thank you.

-Mayor Ray Smith

April 28, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Thirteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Not sure what to do for dinner tonight? Take advantage of the wide variety of options here in Prosper while you are staying safe at home. View our list of local drive thru, carry out and delivery options as you plan for dinner tonight: https://www.prospertx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20200320-Prosper-Restaurants_Delivery-TakeOut_DriveThru.pdf

April 27, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Thirteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Governor Abbott revealed his plan to reopen Texas in a press conference today.  The multi-phase plan will allow certain businesses to re-open on May 1, as long as occupancy is restricted to 25%.  If the measures outlined in Phase 1 are successful in preventing a significant increase in the spread of the virus, additional openings may take place around May 18.  The governor also announced a statewide testing and tracing program.  Read the full Governor’s Report to Open Texas here: https://www.prospertx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20200427-OpenTexas-Report.pdf

Watch today’s press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hTYoDKG5U4

To read the full media advisory from the Governor’s Office, and the Executive Orders that were issued today, visit: https://www.prospertx.gov/fire-department/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-government-updates/

April 24, 2020

Prosper currently has three active cases of COVID-19.  Thirteen individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

A Message from Mayor Smith:

Things are moving fast on a number of fronts.  Today, for example, marks the start of ‘Retail-To-Go,’ an order by Governor Greg Abbott issued last Friday that essentially eases some restrictions on local non-essential businesses.  In the ‘Retail-To-Go’ environment, participating companies must ensure employees adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Be trained in environmental cleaning, disinfections, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Be screened before coming into the business for illness.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before entering business.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet from one another.

There are also guidelines in the ‘Retail To-Go’ order for customers.  These include:

  • May purchase items for pickup, delivery to doorstep or by mail, but may not enter the premises.
  • Should pay by phone, online (or minimize direct contact if remote payment is unavailable).
  • Should wash or sanitize hands after transaction.

Pickup protocols during the ‘Retail-To-Go’ guidelines include:

  • Employees should place purchases in customer’s backseat or trunk.
  • Employees must wash or sanitize hands after each customer interaction and disinfect items that came into contact with customer.

Delivery protocols for ‘Retail-To-Go’ include these guidelines:

  • By doorstep: Employees or third-party carrier should deliver to doorstep. Neither can enter customer’s home or business.
  • By mail:  No customer contact.

The Governor is expected to announce an additional order on Monday.  State-level orders supersede Town and County orders, and local officials are generally legally bound to implement the statewide directives.

‘Retail-To-Go’ satisfies the desires of those wishing to open the economy, while still allowing those who want to remain sheltered at home to do so.  There are, of course, Prosper residents who stand on both sides of that question, and the order does appear to allow some leeway for both.

Regardless of your stance, I want to commend everyone for their tremendous support of our efforts so far.  Prosper has very few cases, compared to our neighboring communities, and many have already recovered.  That’s a tribute to everyone’s cooperation, and for that I am thankful.  Now, however, is not to time to let our guard down.  I hope you all will continue to be vigilant, and let’s keep winning the fight against this virus.

– Mayor Ray Smith

Denton County has published a Retail To-Go Flyer in regards to the retail to-go system. The flyer is available on our website at:  https://www.prospertx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Retail-to-go-flyer-denton-County-042320-005.pdf

April 23, 2020

Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Twelve individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

We truly appreciate everyone who is staying safe at home during this time. While you’re safe at home, keep in touch with loved ones by taking the time to check up on your friends and family outside of your household! Through technology, there are still a handful of ways to stay connected while apart.  Send them a text or set up a time to video call and see how they are doing and touch base.

Please view this video from our Parks and Recreation Department as we celebrate Earth Day. Getting outside is a good activity for both your mental and physical health during this time. We encourage residents to visit a Prosper Park today while maintaining social distancing requirements. https://youtu.be/9WhiAHfLtc0

April 22, 2020

Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Twelve individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

April 21, 2020

Prosper currently has four active cases of COVID-19.  Eleven individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

The CDC currently recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores, essential businesses, and pharmacies). It’s important to know how to wear a cloth face covering.

Your cloth face covering should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortable against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be washable
  • Reach above your nose and below your chin.

For more information on cloth coverings visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html?fbclid=IwAR0-zVZSe4UWRh4JNt1hxydyJvWthw_uoUcvjFMvMsEMOylHKIJ9KlHP5W4

April 20, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19.  Ten individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Have you recovered from COVID-19? Our community needs volunteer plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19. People who have recovered from COVID-19 may produce beneficial antibodies in their plasma. People who are severely ill with this infection may recover when given these antibodies. Doctors can use this donated plasma to help severely-ill people recover from the infection. If you are eligible and willing to participate, please call Carter Bloodcare visit their website at https://www.carterbloodcare.org/like-become-covid-19-convalescent-plasma-donor/?fbclid=IwAR3aZX-5vy2rCRHp14CO3tNO4Q8Z0JCNfiVVGjnURlILZzErG75vj2EHN5g

Residents are encouraged to stay home, continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
For a list of the Town’s current closures and program cancellations, and for more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit prospertx.gov/coronavirus

April 18, 2020

A Message from Mayor Smith:
It seems like in every tragedy, something positive emerges. When a natural disaster like a flood or tornado strikes, there’s a certain expectation that neighbors will all pitch in to help the people hardest hit and most affected. Donations of food, clothing, money, blood, and words of hope and encouragement seem to appear from every corner. It’s a reaction that stems from deep within us, knowing that we very well could be the next person who needs help.

That spirit has been reawakened by the COVID-19 crisis. Individuals, families, neighborhoods, and companies have stepped forward, while still complying with distancing guidelines, to donate food, personal protective equipment, and especially expressions of thanks and support to our first responders and all of the area’s medical providers and health care workers. I know they all appreciate it.

The Town is demonstrating that same heartfelt support by initiating the Light It Blue campaign. For the duration of the crisis we will bathe the Town’s entry monument on Preston Road and the cupola of Town Hall in a deep blue light. It’s a way of saying that we know there are people on the front lines, risking their health and even their lives, for our protection, and we deeply appreciate it.
-Mayor Ray Smith

Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.
Collin County: https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/news.aspx?fbclid=IwAR10VK4dAdME9cGgVqiR91EZ2bNbw3RjUD1wTdWqLU5YbFZ1SiksCtIOpHM
Denton County: https://gis-covid19-dentoncounty.hub.arcgis.com/?fbclid=IwAR1dgUJSWN_VuMDZqStDQOLHO28VViyU0UA1YOwOHSFJVPdPnhsujqSp4hc
Residents are encouraged to stay home, continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
For a list of the Town’s current closures and program cancellations, and for more information and resources about COVID-19, please visit prospertx.gov/coronavirus

April 17, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases in COVID-19.  Ten individuals have recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Governor Abbott held a press conference in which he announced three Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state.  Executive Order GA-17 establishes a Strike Force to Open Texas, a group of advisors who will advise him on safe strategies for the reopening.  Executive Order GA-16 establishes a “Retail-To-Go” model that will allow some retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning on April 24.  Executive Order GA-15 loosens some restrictions on surgeries performed by healthcare providers.  Additional Executive Orders are expected to be announced on April 27, at which time the Governor may announce a change to the current stay-at-home order, which is in effect until April 30.  Governor Abbott also announced that schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.  The TEA will provide information to school districts on how to proceed for the remainder of the school year, as well as guidance on conducting graduation.

For a summary of today’s press conference, please click here.

April 16, 2020

Prosper currently has five active cases in COVID-19.  Twelve individuals have recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

April 15, 2020

Prosper currently has eight active cases in COVID-19.  Nine individuals have recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Collin County: https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/news.aspx?fbclid=IwAR10VK4dAdME9cGgVqiR91EZ2bNbw3RjUD1wTdWqLU5YbFZ1SiksCtIOpHM

Denton County: https://gis-covid19-dentoncounty.hub.arcgis.com/?fbclid=IwAR1dgUJSWN_VuMDZqStDQOLHO28VViyU0UA1YOwOHSFJVPdPnhsujqSp4hc

The Prosper Town Hall and the Prosper Gateway Monument will be illuminated in blue for the duration of the Town of Prosper Disaster Declaration in support of all of the healthcare workers and first responders who continue to work tirelessly during the coronavirus public health emergency.  The Town Council commends those who have dedicated their time, talent, and compassion to helping those in need during this crisis.

 

April 14, 2020

Prosper currently has nine active cases in COVID-19.  Eight individuals have recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Please watch this update from the Prosper Community Library about services being offered during this time: https://youtu.be/wGBBlq26yso

April 13, 2020

Prosper currently has nine active cases in COVID-19.  Seven individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

In a press conference today, Governor Abbott announced Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. These loans, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), will primarily be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees and will be partially or wholly forgiven.  See the press conference here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mbQIEvOyow

April 10, 2020

Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Please watch this update from the Town of Prosper Development Services Department with information on some changes we’ve made to our operations in response to COVID-19:

April 9, 2020

Prosper currently has seven active cases of COVID-19.  Six individuals have recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Please watch this video from the CDC where Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.

 

More DIY options are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

April 8,2020
Prosper currently has five active cases of COVID-19. Six individuals have recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Please watch this update from the Town of Prosper Finance and Utility Billing Department:

https://youtu.be/a8rowEpgc2k 

April 7,2020

Prosper currently has three active cases of COVID-19.  Five individuals have recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.
With this beautiful weather, many of our residents are taking advantage of Town parks while still social distancing. Please watch this update from the Town of Prosper Parks and Recreation Department:

Residents are encouraged to stay home, continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

April 6, 2020

There are currently 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper, one in Collin County and five in Denton County.  We are happy to report that two individuals have recovered from the virus.

At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 306 total confirmed cases, with 117 people having successfully recovered. Denton County is reporting 337 total confirmed cases, with 76 people having successfully recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

While you’re staying safe at home, view our Stay Home Stay #ProsperStrong guidelines.

April 3, 2020

6:15 p.m. – There are nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Four are in Collin County and five are in Denton County.  At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 227 total confirmed cases, with 70 people having successfully recovered.  Denton County is reporting 273 total confirmed cases, with 62 people having successfully recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

 

April 2, 2020

5:15 p.m. – There are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Three are in Collin County and five are in Denton County.  At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 207 total confirmed cases, with 66 people having successfully recovered.  Denton County is reporting 254 total confirmed cases, with 57 people having successfully recovered. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Last night, Prosper Town Council held an emergency Town Council meeting as a result of the Federal, State and Local Disaster Declarations related to COVID-19. As a result of the meeting, Council adopted a revised Declaration of Local State of Disaster. The Declaration is available here.

View an update below from Mayor Ray Smith in regards to the ordinance and COVID-19 in Prosper.

April 1, 2020

5:30 p.m. – There are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Two are in Collin County and four are in Denton County.  At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 184 total confirmed cases, with 53 people having successfully recovered.  Denton County is reporting 231 total confirmed cases, with 55 people having successfully recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

 

March 31, 2020

5:00 p.m. – There are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Two are in Collin County and four are in Denton County.  At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 160 total confirmed cases, with 47 people having successfully recovered.  Denton County is reporting 206 total confirmed cases, with 50 people having successfully recovered.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

The Town has implemented several operational changes in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure the safety of the public and our staff, and the slow the spread of the virus.  Click on the link below to view a video from Prosper Fire Rescue on their enhanced safety protocols.

Prosper Emergency Management personnel are in constant contact with Collin County Health Care Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, as well as the CDC in order to monitor the daily local and regional impact, and will immediately share any new information with the Town of Prosper, its residents, and the Prosper Independent School District.  Questions may be directed to Prosper Fire Rescue Division Chief Bill Bonny at (972) 347-2424 or via email at bill.bonny@prosperfire.com.

March 30, 2020

5:00 p.m. – There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Two are in Collin County and three are in Denton County.  At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 134 total confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 191 total confirmed cases.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

March 29, 2020

4:30 p.m. – There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Two are in Collin County and three are in Denton County.  At this time, Collin County is reporting that there have been 134 total confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 148 total confirmed cases.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for the latest updates.

Governor Abbott issued Executive Orders today with additional travel restrictions to Texas.  Travel by road is now restricted from the entire state of Louisiana.  Travel from the states of California and Washington state is also restricted, as well as from the cities of Miami, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois.

Click here to view Governor Abbott’s press conference.

Residents are encouraged to continue social distancing and other preventive measures that can have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

March 28, 2020:
5:00 p.m. – There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prosper.  Two are in Collin County and three are in Denton County. At this time, Collin County is reporting 118 confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 148 confirmed cases.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for updates throughout the day.

March 27, 2020:
Updated at 8:00 p.m. – Two Prosper residents in Collin County have been  identified as confirmed cases of COVID-19, one male and one female.  No additional information is available at this time.  This brings to total number of cases in Prosper to five.  At this time, Collin County is reporting 119 confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 137 confirmed cases.  Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for updates throughout the day.

Prosper Fire Rescue and Prosper Emergency Management personnel are in constant contact with Collin County Health Care Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, as well as the CDC in order to monitor the daily local and regional impact, and will immediately share any new information with the Town of Prosper, its residents, and the Prosper Independent School District.  Questions may be directed to Prosper Fire Rescue Division Chief, Bill Bonny at (972) 347-2424 or via email at mailto: bill.bonny@prosperfire.com.

March 26, 2020
Three Prosper residents have been identified as confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time, although a media release from Denton County shows five.  All three residents reside in Denton County, and are in home isolation.  No other cases in Prosper have been identified.  At this time, Collin County is reporting  66 confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 83 confirmed cases. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for updates throughout the day.

Governor Abbott issued Executive Order regarding people travelling from the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as the City of New Orleans to Texas.  Individuals travelling from those areas to any Texas airport will be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a 14 day period or for the duration of their stay in Texas, whichever is shorter.

Watch the press conference here.

The Prosper Economic Development Corporation has compiled a list of restaurants offering take-out and delivery services.  Please support our local businesses during this emergency.

March 25, 2020
Three Prosper residents have been identified as confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time.  All three residents reside in Denton County, and are in home isolation.  No other cases in Prosper have been identified.  At this time, Collin County is reporting  53 confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 70 confirmed cases. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for updates throughout the day. The Prosper Fire Department’s updates are available on the Town’s website. Daily updates will be provided with the latest information available.

At last evening’s Town Council meeting, several important decisions regarding the Town’s response to the COVID-19 emergency were passed.  Chief among these is the extension of the Town’s Declaration of State of Disaster until May 27, 2020.  The extension means that the steps taken to confront the disease will remain in place until that date, unless the Council issues a change to the declaration.  As a review, the Town’s current closures and cancellations include:

  • The Town’s Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated, and conditions are being constantly monitored by emergency personnel.
  • All Town-sponsored programs, activities and classes are suspended through April 3.
  • The Prosper Community Library and the 407 Rec Center are closed through April 3.
  • Prosper Municipal Court is delaying all Court proceedings until May 1.
  • All Town playground equipment and outdoor workout facilities are closed.
  • All closures and cancellations will be reassessed and modified as conditions change.
  • Town Council and Board and Commission meetings will continue to be held; however, non-essential Board and Commission meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • All other Town offices will remain open during normal operating hours.

Secondly, the Council has voted to postpone the municipal elections, originally scheduled for May 2, until Nov. 3, the date of federal elections.

Also, the Council voted to refund or waive certain fees through June 30.  Some building permit fees will be refunded, specifically where the work has not yet begun and where the project is indefinitely delayed.  Health inspection and alcohol permit fees for restaurants are being waived for the time being.

Visit the Prosper EDC website for links to resources helpful to businesses and members of the workforce impacted by COVID-19 orders.

March 24, 2020
Collin County Judge Chris Hill held a news conference today in which he issued an executive order regarding the County’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The order is intended “to protect the health and welfare of Collin County citizens, to protect the economic and financial well-being of Collin County citizens, and to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible while safeguarding the constitutional liberties of Collin County citizens by utilizing the least restrictive means possible and encouraging the high level of personal responsibility.”
The County Judge’s order mandates that persons displaying any of the symptoms of COVID-19 isolate themselves at home.  Further, the order does not include a provision for non-essential businesses to close, although it does include a strong encouragement for social distancing. Read the order here.

Denton County Judge Andy Eads also extended the county’s Declaration of Local State of Disaster by another seven days.

March 23, 2020
Prosper has two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. Both cases are in Denton County. There are no Collin County cases of COVID-19 in Prosper at this time. Updates will be sent daily with the latest information available.
At this time, Collin County is reporting 38 confirmed cases, and Denton County is reporting 36 confirmed cases. Please check the Collin County or Denton County websites for updates throughout the day.

March 22, 2020
On March 22, Denton County Judge Andy Eads issued a new executive order for disaster declaration for public health emergency effective at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. This order:
• restricts all community gatherings across Denton County to 10 people or fewer;
• orders the closure of bars, lounges, taverns, theaters, gyms, hair and nail salons, hotel meeting spaces, malls and retail stores that do not sell essential household goods;
• Allows grocery stores, stores selling essential household goods, pharmacies, daycare facilities, essential government buildings, transportation systems, hotels, and manufacturing and distribution facilities. In all such locations, there must always be sufficient space for all people to be six feet apart to control infection;
• Calls on businesses that remain open to be very strict on social distancing;
• Requests retail suppliers use commonsense rationing of household products and groceries that are in limited supply.

Denton County has confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Prosper.  The individual is in home quarantine at this time.  Governor Abbott issued a press conference today with a briefing on the state-wide response effort in Texas so far.  He is not recommending a shelter-in-place order at this time; however, compliance with the standards issued in his current Executive Order will weigh strongly on that decision.  Slowing the spread of the virus, and reducing the strain on our healthcare system depends heavily on compliance with social distancing, good hygiene, and other prevention measures.

  • Do not gather in social groups of more than ten people
  • Dine-in services in restaurants and bars is closed.  Drive-in, take-out, and delivery service is allowed and encouraged
  • Employers should ask only essential employees to report to their place of work, and encourage working from home as much as possible

View Governor Abbott’s press conference here.


Read a Message from Mayor Ray Smith

March 20, 2020
Mayor Ray Smith extended the Town’s Declaration of Local State of Disaster for an additional seven (7) days due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, resulting in the following:

  • All Town-sponsored programs, activities, and classes are suspended through April 3.
  • The Library, 407 Rec Center and all Town sports field are closed through April 3.
  • Town Council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings will continue to be held; however, other non-essential Board & Commission meetings will be postponed until further notice.
  • Prosper Municipal Court is delaying all Court proceedings until April 14.
  • The Mayor’s Coffee for Active Adults on April 15 has been canceled.
  • The Town’s Emergency Operations Center remains open and is constantly monitored by Emergency Management personnel.
  • All closures and cancellations will be reassessed and modified as conditions change.
  • All other Town offices will remain open during normal operating hours.

March 19, 2020
On March 19, Governor Abbott issued a state-wide Executive Order with additional restrictions due to COVID-19:

  • Social gatherings are limited to no more than ten people.
  • No dining in at restaurants and bars.  Drive-through, take-out, and delivery service is allowed an encouraged.
  • Gyms are closed.
  • No visitation at nursing homes, retirement centers, or long term care facilities unless it is to provide critical assistance.
  • All schools are closed, but online learning will continue.
  • This is not a shelter-in-place order.
  • Domestic travel is still unrestricted.
  • Employers should only ask for essential employees to report to the place of work, and encourage working from home if possible.
  • The order is effective starting at midnight on March 20, and will continue through midnight on April 3.  The Order may be extended if circumstances warrant.

View Governor Abbott’s announcement here.

Office of Governor Greg Abbott

March 18, 2020
On March 18, Denton County Judge Andy Eades extended Denton County’s Disaster Declaration.  Effective at 11:59 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, through 11:00 a.m. on March 25, the new declaration prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people.  Restaurants with or without drive-through services may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services. Bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, arcades, and gyms also must close.   Read the full disaster declaration for more details.