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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This web page is dedicated to information and updates regarding the Mesquite, TX community.

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Water disconnections resume in 2021

waterOn Jan. 5, 2021, the City of Mesquite will resume water disconnections if there is a past due balance. Longer term payment plans are available to help residents who are struggling to pay their City water bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City can offer a payment plan that fits their unique situation. Call the Utility Billing Office at 972-216-6208 (press 0) to discuss your options.

Sharing Life Community Outreach offers financial assistance with rent, mortgage or utility bills. Please email Beth Byrum at or call 972-445-7403 for details.

Latest Updates

Oct. 26: Mesquite offers residents free mental health counseling and referral services

Mesquite, TX – October 26, 2020 – The City of Mesquite has announced it is offering its residents access to free mental health counseling and referral services through a new partnership with the AZAR Foundation. Residents can call 833-298-9111 to schedule a virtual or in-person session for individuals, couples and groups.

Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer said, “We are so happy to take this first step as part of a large, comprehensive plan to address the mental health concerns for public safety responding to calls for service. Our immediate action with the AZAR Foundation partnership allows us to begin offering help to residents in need of mental health support.” Archer explained the $25,000 agreement with the AZAR Foundation will prioritize services to those residents referred by the Mesquite Police Department. 

Mesquite’s Police Chief Charles Cato said, “We have responded to 81 attempted suicides so far this year. And, we have taken 703 individuals into protective custody in 2020, which is a 14% increase compared to 2019.” Cato shared the Mesquite Police Department has 90 officers with critical incident training and 14 are state certified mental health officers. He stated, “There is no shame in asking for help.”

The City’s comprehensive plan under development will include training for personnel, the addition of personnel with expertise in mental health and working with community partners to ensure a multifaceted approach is in place when responding to calls for service that require a mental health professional.

The announcement of the new free mental health services was made by Mayor Archer along with AZAR Foundation CEO Charlotte Allen. Allen said, “AZAR is pleased to be a partner with the City of Mesquite to provide mental health services to those in need. We are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities entrusted in our care."

In addition to Allen, Mesquite resident and survivor of suicide loss Shirley Weddle shared her story of losing her son Matthew in 2014 to suicide. She said, “There is a stigma related to suicide and mental health. It is important to understand that mental health is brain health which is physical health. We need to continue to bridge the gap between people and resources to understand the symptoms of suicide and how to get help.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, offers these statistics on the issue of mental health:

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

Mayor Archer explained that mental health is and continues to be a major issue in communities across the country and shared the current pandemic has added to the problem. He said, “Medical professionals and healthcare studies have shown an increase in mental health issues due to the stress, depression and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘COVID fatigue’ has created a serious problem of emotional stress. This surge in the mental health crisis has affected everyone from children, parents and employers, to the unemployed, healthcare providers, teachers and the list goes on – no one has been unaffected.”

Businesses and customers are required to wear face coverings

The City of Mesquite reminds its community of the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court Order that requires all business employees and customers to wear a face covering while inside a business. The new Order, which is designed to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease, goes into effect Wednesday, June 24. Businesses that don’t comply can face a fine of up to $500 per violation. The City is asking its community to call its COVID-19 Hotline at 972-329-8373 to report any violations of the order they witness at businesses located in Mesquite.

City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “The health and safety of the public continues to be our top priority. We will use our code enforcement teams to continue the education of our businesses on the proper signage and practices they must implement to support this new Order. Our goal is to maintain an economic environment that fosters safe shopping and dining for both the business operators and their customers.”

Read the full press release.

Letter to Mesquite Businesses

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Face Masks

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Below are three different types of cloth face coverings you can make at home.

  1. Sewn cloth face covering
  2. Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (no sew method)
  3. Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)

Click here to view the instructions for these three different types of cloth face coverings.

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