Resources & Information
We understand the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across our communities, and we are closely monitoring the threat in Ellis County with local health & govt officials. Many of you are concerned not only about the health of yourself and your families, but the financial hardships you may face as a result of any prolonged work and event closures. The United Way of West Ellis County is here to help you through the coronavirus crisis.
- During the COVID-19 public health emergency individuals can contact 211 Texas for information and referrals related to support services. Dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and visit 211texas.org. 211 Texas operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
State Health Department Website
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working to protect Americans from health, safety and security risks. The CDC is a valuable resource for coronavirus information including tracking cases across the U.S. and globally.
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities, Resources for the Home includes cleaning recommendations, planning ahead, and what to do if you're sick.
- Texas Case Count page has the latest information on the number of confirmed cases in the state
- COVID-19 Local Health Entities has a listing of all county public health facilities across the state
- Ellis County Novel Coronavirus - Local updates from Ellis County Government
FamilyWize Prescriptions Savings
- Individuals should continue to adhere to their prescribed medications. When calling in to get a script filled or refilled, ask your pharmacy to apply the FamilyWize discount - simply provide them with the following information:
- FamilyWize does not require registration so there is no need to physically show a card. Note that CVS and Walgreens are providing free delivery of prescription medications
- Prefer to keep a FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card in you wallet? Download your card here.
- Baylor Scott & White Medical Center now has a free Digital COVID-19 screening questionnaire available on the MyBSWHealth app and online at MyBSWHealth.com. The screening tool uses CDC-recommended questions and allows us to appropriately identify patients who need additional follow-up. Patients who think they may have symptoms are being asked to take this screening prior to scheduling an appointment or walking into a clinic or hospital ED. Local patients can simply text BETTER to 88408 to download.
- CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Talking With Children: Tips For Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks(PDF)
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
- Your Behavioral Health: Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak (PDF)
- The North Texas Behavior Health Authority COVID-19 Mental Health Support line can be reached at, (833) 251-7544
The United Way works with a variety of community partners who can provide assistance should you experience financial hardship due to prolonged work stoppage or other effects of the coronavirus. Several local agencies that offer direct assistance to Ellis County residents are:
- Waxahachie Care Services (Waxahachie)
- Salvation Army of Waxahachie (Waxahachie)
- Manna House (Midlothian)
- North Ellis County Outreach (Red Oak)
- Helping Hands of Ennis (Ennis)
- Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas (Ellis County)
* Our entire county region is served by HelpFinder.org which helps connect you to the various resources available.
Local School Districts Providing Meals for Kids
- Avalon ISD - Meal Pickup on Monday and Wednesday, 11-12:30, Back of Cafeteria
- Ennis ISD - Meals will be available Mon-Wed-Fri 10:00-11:30am each day. Anyone 18 & under will be provided meals at no cost. Children will receive 4 meals each (2 breakfasts & 2 lunches) on Mondays and Wenesdays, and six meals each (3 breakfasts & 3 lunches) on Fridays
- Lummus Intermediate-501 N. Clay street
- Carver ECC- 600 E. MLK Drive
- Houston Elementary- 1701 Hall Street
- Silverton Apartments-3700 FM 85
- Creekside Apartments-1000 E. Burnett
- Summerwood Neighborhood-Swallow Drive& Robin Road
- Breckenridge Neighborhood-Renee Street & Floyd Street
- Garrett- N. Boyce Dr. & Dunn Street
- Smith Neighborhood- Madison Street & Smith Street
- Ennis Mobile Home Park- Aster & Rose Ln.
- Templo de Poder Church- 209 Ave. A
- Love's Truck Stop (Alma)- 105 SE I-45
- Bardwell VFD- Italy Street & Sycamore Street
- Ferris ISD - 11am-1pm at McDonald Elementary & Ferris High School, Lunch available for pick-up FISD students 18 & under
- Italy ISD - Breakfast & Lunch items distributed from 11:30am-12:30am at Stafford Elementary, distributed to ALL children in the community under 18 yrs.
- Maypearl ISD - Breakfast and Lunch from 9-11 a.m., Monday - Friday.
- Midlothian ISD - Each location will have a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Monday - Friday.
- J.A. Vitovsky Elementary - 333 Church Street, Midlothian, TX 76065
- Jenkins Daycare parking lot - 315 East Ave. E, Midlothian, Texas 76065
- MISD bus delivery serving the Village South neighborhood
- MISD bus delivery serving the Buffalo Hills neighborhood
- Milford ISD - Beginning Monday March 30, 11:00am- 12:00pm meals will be distributed on Mondays only. Meals will include breakfast and lunch for the week. Drive-through meal pickup lines are located at the Milford School football concession stand.
- Palmer ISD - Drive-through meal pickup lines are located at Palmer Elementary. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. Children must be present to receive meals. PISD will also make deliveries from 9:30 A.M to 10:30 A.M. They will receive both breakfast and lunch for each student at that time.
- Red Oak ISD - Grab & go lunch & breakfast items will be distributed from 10:30am-12pm to RISD students. Red Oak ISD will hand out meals on Mondays and Thursdays following USDA guidelines to cover the other days. ROISD will be closed starting this Friday, so make plans to pick up your meals Thursday and then again on Monday.
- Mondays- 10:30 am to noon (Lunches for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday; Breakfast for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
- Thursday- 10:30 am to noon (Lunches for Thursday & Friday; Breakfasts for Friday & Monday
- Eastridge Elementary- 725 E. Ovilla
- Russell P. Schupmann Elementary- 401 E. Ovilla Rd.
- Red Oak Middle School -154 Louise Ritter Blvd.
- Waxahachie ISD - A school bus will be present at each location on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 am until noon to distribute meals for all children between 1-18. Each child will receive breakfast and lunch for two days on Monday and Wednesday. On Friday, each child will receive breakfast and lunch for three days. Children must be present to receive meals. Meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until all supplies are exhausted. Meal contents may change based on product availability.
- Indian Creek Apartments-510 Indian Drive
- Victoian Square Apartments- 1831 John Arden Drive
- Lee Penn Park- 400 N. Getzendaner St.
- Pine Meadows Estates-3450 S. I-35 E
- Executive Inn & Suites- 803 S. I-35 E
- Texas Inn Motel- 3381 S. I-35 E
- Vista Hills Mobile Home Ranch- 2900 S. I-35 E
- Waxahachie Housing Authority- 208 Patrick Street
- Northtown Village Apartments- 1231 Hwy. 287 Bypass
- Cambridge Courts Apartments- 1301 Hwy 287 Bypass
- Solon Place Apartments-1000 Solon Place Way
- Heritage Square Townhomes- 501 Houston Street
- Dallas Suites & Inn- 795 N. I-35 E
- High School Apartments- 200 High School Drive
- University Gardens Apartment- 100 Northgate Drive
- Bent Tree Townhomes - 1721 S. I-35 E
- Grand Avenue Mobile Home Park- 312 N. Grand Ave.
* Updated on March 31st.
Personal Hygiene and Social Distancing Protocols
Please remember: Public health experts have been clear that the great majority of those who contract coronavirus will recover without difficulty, and that we can protect ourselves and our families by following common-sense public health guidelines.
- Maintain good hand hygiene by frequently and thoroughly washing with soap and water
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. If tissues are unavailable, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve…NOT your hands
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging or greeting with a kiss
- Wipe surface areas often with disinfectant
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- If you, a family member or other member of your household gets sick – please see a doctor if symptoms are flu-like
- Be familiar with the attached COVID-19 Fact Sheet provided by the Center for Disease Control
If you think you are symptomatic
- DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
- Call your healthcare provider, tell them about your condition, and await further instructions before going to a healthcare facility. This will allow for time for the appropriate precautions to be taken.
To Help Families in Need:
If you are not in need of assistance, we hope that you will consider making a donation to our "Coronavirus Relief Fund" to help those suffering financial hardships during this time.