These weekly updates will provide the latest news and information on what our community, the state, and the federal government are doing as we face an unprecedented pandemic.

Texas Department of State Health Services 

Coronavirus is still spreading. Wear a face covering in public. Your face covering protects me. My face covering protects you. For more COVID-19 info and steps to take, visit dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

Dallas County Businesses Mandated To Wear Masks

On June 19, 2020, the Dallas County commissioners voted to mandate the use of masks at Dallas County businesses for customers and anyone on their premises. Businesses that don’t comply face up to a $500 fine. Masks do not need to be worn while eating. For more information, you can read the entire order here.

Texas Renewed COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation

On June 11, 2020, Governor Abbott renewed the COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation originally issued on March 13th. Continuing the proclamation allows Governor Abbott to use all available resources of the state government and political divisions to cope with the disaster. For more information, visit the governor’s website here.

Health Mart Stores COVID-19 Testing

Health Mart pharmacies has launched a COVID-19 testing initiative in partnership with eTrueNorth, an experienced testing provider and coordinating contractor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Test fees are handled directly with eTrueNorth and are offered at no cost for eligible patients or their personal insurance. For more information, visit eTrueNorth’s platform DoINeedACovid19Test.com where you can complete an assessment, determine eligibility, register and reserve a time slot at the pharmacy.

Coppell Mobile Testing Site

A mobile COVID-19 testing location will be set up at Coppell Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd., this Saturday, June 20 from 10 am – 4 pm. Testing will be by appointment only.

Unemployment Work Search Requirement to be Reinstated

The Texas Workforce Commission has announced that the requirement that individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits be required to seek work in order to retain benefits will be reinstated on Monday, July 6, 2020. This requirement has been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis. The work search requirement is a federal requirement to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits. Guidelines for the work search process can be found here.

Job seekers are encouraged to visit WorkinTexas.com, the state’s job portal, for access to hundreds of thousands of public and private sector jobs, as well as links to education and training opportunities, resume assistance, and other resources. If you have questions regarding please contact Michael Britt, Director of Governmental Relations at 512-463-1802.

Dallas County Emergency Business Assistance Program

The Dallas County Emergency Small Business Assistance Program (EBAP) pre-application portal is open and will remain open through June 28. EBAP is funded with federal CARES Act dollars and is designed to rapidly provide financial assistance to small businesses located in Dallas County that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and that have been unable to obtain financial assistance to meet all of their business needs. Small businesses may be eligible to obtain a forgivable loan worth up to $15,000. For more information or to fill out the pre-application form, go here.

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