Timeline: Efforts to slow the coronavirus in Richardson and beyond

This timeline tracks initial cases of the virus along with actions at the federal, state and local levels to slow its spread. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
This timeline tracks initial cases of the virus along with actions at the federal, state and local levels to slow its spread. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

This timeline tracks initial cases of the virus along with actions at the federal, state and local levels to slow its spread. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

National, state and local government officials have enacted stay-at-home orders in an effort to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Dr. Neale Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Public Service at the University of North Texas, said the coronavirus is transmitted when people are in close contact with one another.


The only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and thus, to contain it, is for people to stay home, he said.

“The coronavirus has a silent incubation period,” Chumbler said. “It is believed to have approximately a five-day incubation period, followed by a period of mild symptoms that can be mistakenly identified as a cold.”

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.