City of Amarillo changes COVID status to Level Orange

The Amarillo community has met criteria established by the Amarillo Public Health District (APHD) to move to Level Orange on the Amarillo Area Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Level Chart. Effective today (Feb. 17), Amarillo is at Level Orange. 

The Amarillo Area Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Level Chart has NO IMPACT on existing COVID-19 policies or restrictions in Amarillo enacted by the state of Texas. The color levels provide recommendations to the Amarillo community based on the current severity of the local COVID-19 virus. Color levels are evaluated on a two-week period according to the latest COVID-19 data in the Amarillo community.

For complete information on the Amarillo Area Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Level Chart, including all color levels and criteria, go to

“It is encouraging that the Amarillo community has seen a decrease in our COVID-19 cases and hospitalization numbers,” said APHD Director Casie Stoughton. “We have to remember that maintaining social distancing and the wearing of face masks in public settings are major reasons for this decline in COVID-19 in our community.”

“The change in our COVID-19 Status Level is great news, but we cannot let our guard down now,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “It is more important than ever that we realize what has worked in helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community - and that is the wearing of face masks and social distancing. Amarillo has responded and done a great job - and we have to keep this commitment to ourselves and to others in our community.”