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.

Virtual Town Hall Hosted By State Representative Julie Johnson

State-Run COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the Texas Military Department, is continuing to run COVID-19 testing locations across the state. They are also distributing four 3-ply surgical masks to every Texan who undergoes COVID-19 testing at state-run mobile test collection sites. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map

TMA COVID-19 Activity Risk Chart

The Texas Medical Association has created a chart detailing the level of risk associated with certain activities. The goal of this chart is to help inform individuals of the risk associated with activities before they choose to partake. You can access the chart here.

Dallas County CARES Act Resources Page

Dallas County has created a page dedicated to CARES Act funded assistance programs for Texans in need due to the coronavirus pandemic. The page includes information regarding the Emergency Business Assistance Program, Emergency Childcare Assistance Program, and Emergency Housing Assistance Program. The page can be accessed here.

Federal Funds for Need-Based Financial Aid Programs

The State of Texas will invest $57 million in federal funds to maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities. The investment of federal funds will offset potential coronavirus-related cuts to key state financial aid programs, including TEXAS Grants, Texas Educational Opportunity Grants, and Tuition Equalization Grants. You can read more about the funding here.

COVID-19 Infection Prevention Training for Nursing Facilities

Nursing facility leaders, clinical and administrative staff and others are invited to a comprehensive COVID-19 national training on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET; Friday, July 17, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET; and Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET. Topics covered include: establishing an infection prevention program, conducting ongoing infection surveillance in the nursing home, effective management of residents and staff, managing COVID-positive residents and personal protective equipment (PPE) strategies for COVID care. Training recordings, slides and resources are also available on QIOProgram.org. You can find more information about the trainings and registering here.

Dallas County Elections Health Protocols for Voters

Election day for the primary runoff election is July 14th, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that you remain protected while voting. Wear a mask to voting locations and remain six feet apart from other voters. Dallas County poll locations will be equipped with sanitation stations, sanitized stylus for voting, and social distancing measures and markers. Dallas County will also provide curbside voting options for those exhibiting COVID symptoms or that are unable to enter polling locations. More information about voting options and safety precautions can be found here.

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