Plano has had 6,533 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the city’s website. The most recent number of deaths reported was 26.
Collin County has announced it will no longer post COVID-19 case data on its website. Counts of new and confirmed cases, those who have recovered, and COVID-related deaths in Collin County may be obtained from the Department of State Health Services at this link, its website states.
Due to multiple changes in reporting methods, there could be discrepancies in figures.
Reporters are looking to talk with people who have had COVID-19 about how they’ve recovered — or if their symptoms still linger.
If you’re willing to speak with a reporter about your experience, fill out the form at the bottom of this story. We won’t publish your information without your permission.
Recreation centers are open for members only. Access is currently restricted to the walking/running track, fitness area, lap swimming, open play badminton, table tennis, pickle ball and racquetball and squash courts. All patrons entering the recreation center must wear a mask.
Masks may be removed while:
- Using the cardio machines
- Playing squash or racquetball
- Playing table tennis, badminton or pickle ball
Masks must be worn:
- In the free weight and weight machine areas
- On the running/walking track
- While waiting to play badminton, table tennis, pickle ball, squash or racquetball
- While in the lobby, hallways, restrooms and locker rooms
Additional details are available on the city’s website.
The city is continuing to monitor the pandemic and will move to the next phase of operations, and allow access to additional amenities accordingly.
The Sam Johnson Recreation Center for adults 50 and older will not reopen until state and local public health confirm there is no widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
Fall classes began the week of Oct. 5.
Keep your email address on your Recreation Online account up-to-date to help ensure you are notified as circumstances change. Updates to fall programming are also listed on the city’s website and on social media.
Dog parks, Carpenter State Park
On May 21, the Bob Woodruff, Jack Carter and Windhaven Meadows dog parks and the Carpenter Park Skate Park reopened. Patrons are asked to observe social distancing protocols.
Recreation classes, trips
Refunds are being given as a credit on your account for recreation classes and trips that were canceled. Questions about a specific class may be answered via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plano Public Library
Plano public libraries have opened up for in-person use. Information on the requirements and hours of various branches is available on the Plano Public Library website.
- Access to digital resources (e-books, e-newspapers, e-magazines, e-audio and databases)
- Classes and programs for all ages (calendar)
- New library cards: Apply online, two- to three-day processing time.
Plano Parks & Recreation announced the return of adult recreation programs. Additional information is available on the website.
Those who do not wish to return to recreation facilities at this time may call or email Plano Parks & Recreation. Monthly auto-renewal memberships can changed so they do not renew again.
More information is available on the Parks & Recreation COVID-19 FAQs page.
Eviction, homelessness concerns
To help prevent homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is offering limited rent and utility assistance. Plano’s Homelessness Prevention Program has been temporarily expanded to assist with hotel payments for qualified applicants. Assistance being offered includes:
- Interim COVID-19 hotel assistance for people at risk of homelessness: This program provides temporary assistance may be available for people living in a hotel in Plano who lack the resources and support to avoid becoming homeless.
- Interim COVID-19 hotel assistance for people experiencing Homelessness: Temporary assistance is available for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Plano. They must either be referred by the Plano Police Department, test positive for COVID-19, or have a documented recommendation from a medical professional to quarantine or self-isolate.
- Rent and mortgage assistance for residents at risk of becoming homeless: Temporary assistance maybe available for residents with a lease agreement or mortgage who have received a late notice or notice to vacate.
The city’s homeless program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs.
The amount of funding the city receives for the program is directly tied to the Census count. Residents are asked to complete the 2020 Census form so the city can receive “its fair share” of federal funding.
PPE litter causing problems
Residents and visitors in Plano are causing a problem by discarding personal protective equipment “everywhere,” according to Plano officials. Discarded masks and gloves are being tossed across parking lots, streets, parks and creeks, the city stated in an announcement.
If caught, litterers can face a fine of up to $500, according to the city. Residents are asked to carry a plastic bag in their car to store PPE items until they can be properly discarded. Another option is creating a reusable cloth face covering.
Questions about COVID-19?
The city’s COVID-19 hotline may be reached at 972-941-5922, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Messages left after regular hours will be returned the next day.
During the pandemic, the city activated its emergency operations center, which is open during regular business hours.