Tarrant County Issues Public Health Warning
Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja issued a public health warning about the surge in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, Nov 17. In a briefing to Tarrant County Commissioner's Court he said the county has more cases than ever before and the hospitalization rate is the highest it has ever been with 92% of ICU beds occupied. As of Tuesday, overall COVID-19 hospitalizations in the 19-county North Texas Trauma Service Area were at 14.39% of capacity. Under the governor's Open Texas Plan, if the number tops 15% for seven consecutive days, businesses would have to go back to 50% capacity and bars would have to close. You can watch the Nov. 17 briefing online. To jump ahead to the coronavirus discussion, fast forward about 55 minutes. 

Public health officials are asking for everyone's help to flatten the curve again. We have hope for immunizations in the near future and medications coming that will help to lower the hospitalizations and lessen the severity of the virus. However, until those therapies are widely available, we need to continue to follow public health guidelines for mask wearing, distancing, avoiding groups and sanitizing.

When it comes to holiday celebrations, the lowest risk for contracting the virus is celebrating in your own home with members of your household and virtually with extended family and friends. If you are going to host a holiday gathering, the CDC recommends organizing an outdoor event with preventive measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing. Large, indoor gatherings, especially with people from outside your immediate household, pose the highest risk. More information and tips on how to celebrate the holidays safely can be found on the CDC's website.
Free COVID19 Testing Site Adds Sunday Hours
Starting this Sunday, Nov. 22, the free COVID-19 testing site in North Richland Hills will be open 7 days a week. The site is located at 9001 Boulevard 26 in the parking lot of NRH2O Family Water Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The free test is a self-administered mouth swab PCR test with results given in 24 to 48 hours. There is no NRH or Tarrant County residency requirement. You can schedule an appointment online at https://curative.com/sites/8358. The testing site will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Text to 9-1-1 Now Available
Tarrant County 9-1-1 has launched the text to 9-1-1 feature, which allows those who may not be able to call into 9-1-1 the ability to send a text message and summon help. While this is a considerable advancement in technology and an excellent step for the future of our dispatch center, the software can't currently receive pictures, audio, or voice recording messages. Dispatchers have received training and are ready to continue to serve NRH with this new advancement.
City Council Canvasses NRH Election Results
The City Council met on Monday, Nov. 16, to canvass the results of the Nov. 3 bond election for street improvements. A total of 32,318 votes were cast with 25,515 (79%) voting for and 6,803 (21%) voting against. Thank you to the more than 32,000 voters who made your voices heard. Thank you also to the 35 residents who served on the 2020 Capital Program Advisory Committee and provided valuable input in developing the bond proposition that was presented to the voters. The bond program will allow the city to reconstruct 27 streets including Glenview, Iron Horse, Bedford-Euless, Chapman, Lariat and others, and will not require an increase in the city’s property tax rate.

City staff has begun planning to carry out these much needed improvements with projects to be phased in over the next 5 years. Our commitment to voters is to deliver high quality improvements in a timely manner and within budget. We will be creating a webpage to keep the public informed of the timeline and progress for each of the 27 street improvement projects. In the meantime, you can find a map of all of the projects included in the bond program at www.nrhtx.com/2020bond.
Thanksgiving Closings, Collection Schedule
With the exception of public safety services, most city offices and facilities will be closed Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday including City Hall, Municipal Court and Richland Tennis Center. The Animal Adoption & Rescue Center and Library will be closed Nov. 26 - 28. The NRH Centre will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. Iron Horse Golf Course is open on Thanksgiving morning and closed in the afternoon.

Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday’s collections will be made on Friday and Friday’s collections will shift to Saturday.

The City of North Richland Hills wishes you a safe and happy holiday!
Don't Pour Cooking Oil, Grease Down Drain
The City of NRH reminds you to never pour cooking oil or grease from your holiday feasts down the drain! Grease clogs your pipes and can cause sewer backups. Protect your home, city and the environment by properly disposing of cooking oil and grease. You can pour small amounts of oil and grease over newspaper or paper towels and place it in the garbage. Larger amounts can be collected and recycled into biodiesel or biogas.

NRH Public Works will collect used cooking oils and grease for recycling Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 and Jan. 4 - 8. Containers holding discarded oil and grease must be made of plastic and have a screw top lid. This program is for residents and excludes commercial users. Please call 817-427-6440 to arrange a pick up or get more details.
Annual Toy & Food Drive
North Richland Hills Santa Cops and the NRH Firefighter’s Association are holding their annual toy and food drive to benefit those who are less fortunate in our community. Residents are encouraged to share in the holiday spirit by dropping off new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items to the Public Safety lobby at City Hall, 4301 City Point Drive, or any NRH Fire Station. Donations will be accepted from Thanksgiving through December 18. All donations will go towards helping families in need through the Community Enrichment Center, as well as other local community organizations.
Annual Christmas Lighting Contest
Keep NRH Beautiful annually recognizes residents for beautifully decorating the outside of their homes during the holiday season. Residents are encouraged to visit the city's website to submit their nominations and find out more information about the program. Nominations will be accepted until 3 p.m. Friday, December 11 and winners will be announced on Monday, December 14.
City of North Richland Hills 
 4301 City Point Dr.,
 North Richland Hills, TX 76180
817-427-6000