City of Canyon reports 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases

On Tuesday, the City of Canyon was informed by Amarillo Public Health that there has been a total of 40 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the Canyon area with 33 cases active, 6 recovered, and 1 death.

These numbers are for all of those in the 79015 zip code area and not just Canyon proper.

City officials have been informed of a current situation involving a local assisted living center in Canyon. At this time it has become known as a "hot spot" with numerous cases and ongoing testing of residents and employees.

Several agencies are involved in the current situation including the City of Canyon, Amarillo Public Health, and Texas Health and Human Services. Due to sensitive information, the City of Canyon is not authorized to release any information pertaining to facility or patient details.

If you have a loved one in any Canyon facility and have questions, please contact the facility directly. We will update the total case numbers for Canyon as soon as we receive that information from Amarillo Public Health.

Canyon Mayor Gary Hinders and City Manager Joe Price hosted a Facebook Live last Friday to discuss the following:

1. Canyon Economic Development (CEDC) Efforts in COVID-19 (presented by Evelyn Ecker)

2. COVID-19 Update for the City of Canyon

3. City of Canyon Facilities

4. Youth Sports Leagues

5. CAP

Palo Duro Creek Golf Course – Currently open with carts and certain restrictions.

Canyon Area Library - Currently open and operating under limited hours and restrictions.

City Hall - Open to the Public on: Monday, June 1st. The Business Office will remain closed on June 1st due to construction/remodel work.

Municipal Court - Open to the Public for Dockets since Monday, May 4th.

Temporarily will be Operating out of the Cole Community Center in order to maintain social distancing.

City Park Playgrounds - Open on: Friday, May 22nd. As the City has separate facilities from CISD, CISD can only open things at the discretion of UIL.

Cole Community Center - Open on: Wednesday, June 17th. Reservations with Conditions and Restrictions: Limited reservations to allow for sanitation between bookings.

Pavilion Rentals - Open on: Wednesday, June 17th. Conditions: Follow CDC guidelines.

Special Event Permits - Suspended until further notice. Excludes Essential Events (like Farmers Markets).

Youth Sports Leagues - Decision and plan to be made on June 1st, City will follow Governor’s Open Date. Certain restrictions for game attendees will be in place. All conditions and restrictions will be made in conjunction with the leagues and the City.

Public Meetings and Open Meetings Act - In person officially (including public): Monday, June 1st.

(TENTATIVE PLANS) Canyon Aquatic Park (CAP):

Earliest Possible Open Date, if allowed by Texas Governor (as of today’s date, it is currently not allowed to open): Monday, June 15th.

Occupancy Level: 200 people

Online Reservations ONLY

Open 2 times a day for 3 ½ hours a piece with a 1-hour cleaning/sterilization between openings.

Chairs and Loungers distanced at 6 feet a part