As of Wednesday, March 25, Bell County is operating a COVID-19 phone bank to help Central Texans get answers to their coronavirus questions.

City of Belton Public Information Officer Paul Romer reports that the phone bank will be manned Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. If you have questions, you can call the line at (254) 933-5203.

Calls received after hours or on weekends will be transferred to the Texas Health & Human Services' 2-1-1 line.

You can also find information on Bell County's COVID-19 FAQ page and at 211texas.org. The Bell County Public Health District's website is also being updated with new information daily.

Families in need of counseling, especially parents who are balancing working at home and caring for children, can contact STARRY for free counseling services. You can reach them at (254) 773-5802 or online at starry.org.

If you're a local business owner who wants to let customers know you're still open and offering services, or a customer looking for local businesses to support during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, visit our free live listings page.

Information entered into the embedded Google Form automatically feeds into the Google Spreadsheet below it. (It may take a couple of minutes for the information to make it over, so refresh the page if need be.)

There are also a number of restaurants that have listed their availability with their local chambers of commerce. Find links to that information here.

To view or download a copy of Bell County's shelter in place order issued March 23, visit this page. The article also contains video of the press briefing at which the order was publicly announced.

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