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.
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.
CDC Guides for Staying Safe
The CDC has many tips for staying safe throughout the coronavirus pandemic. To learn about proper cleaning and disinfecting information, go here. For information about caring for family with COVID-19, go here. If you find yourself with COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive, visit here for information and tips.
DARTzoom Website and Survey
DART is currently in the process of redesigning our bus network. The plan, called DARTzoom: A New Bus Network, will change the bus network to improve bus frequency, efficiency and connections throughout DART’s 700 square mile, 13-city service area. As they continue through the redesign process, you can provide them with feedback is through the established, DARTzoom Survey. Survey participants will have a chance to win a $100 DART GoPass Tap Card for filling out the survey. You can access the DARTzoom website here and the surveys here (English) or here (Spanish).
Coppell CARES Restaurant Assistance and Business Retrofit Grants
Applications are now open for the City of Coppell Restaurant Assistance and Business Retrofit grants that will assist local businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coppell CARES Restaurant Assistance Grant seeks to assist Coppell restaurants that have suffered financial distress due to COVID-19. The Coppell CARES Business Retrofit Grant will help reimburse Coppell businesses for expenses incurred retrofitting their spaces to meet public health and safety needs, such as installing plexiglass barriers and hand sanitizing stations. Mor information and the applications can be found here.
Resources for Coping with Addiction
On July 16th, Representative Johnson held a virtual town hall discussing coping with stress and addiction throughout the pandemic. Below are resources for those struggling with addiction, including treatment facilities and programs.
Additional Funding for Texas Higher Education
The State of Texas will allocate an additional $118 million in federal funding to support higher education in Texas, including $93 million to help students continue or restart their progress toward earning a post-secondary credential or degree. The funding includes:
- $46.5 million in targeted financial aid for upskilling and reskilling displaced workers in high-demand fields, including workers who have earned some college credit but no credential.
- $46.5 million in emergency student support so students whose families have been severely financially impacted by COVID-19 can stay enrolled in higher education
- $15 million for strategic education and workforce data infrastructure, expanding existing technologies and tools that support college and career advising, and helping students stay on track to earn high-value credentials.
- $10 million to improve the quality of online learning. This will include funds to develop Open Educational Resource course materials that significantly reduce costs to students.
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.