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.

Healthcare Virtual Town Hall

Please join us for a discussion about the current state of healthcare in Texas. You can register here.

Texas Renewed COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation

On August 8, 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, read the proclamation here.

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.

Updated Criteria for Dallas County COVID-19 Testing

Dallas County updated the criteria for testing at all Dallas County testing sites to include all CISA essential business employees with or without symptoms. If your employer was open during the Dallas County Safer at Home Order, you can now get tested even if you don’t have symptoms. This includes all school employees, construction employees, and other employees of businesses on the CISA list. The full list of CISA employees is found here.

Upcoming Flu Season and Preventing Illness

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important to note that flu season is approaching. Children younger than 5 years old are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. A flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu and its potentially serious consequences and can also reduce the spread of flu to others. Getting vaccinated has been shown to reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalization and death in children. For more information about the benefits of the flu vaccine, visit the CDC website here.

It is vital to regularly disinfect and clean surfaces in your home to prevent infection spread. The Center for Disease Control has information about properly cleaning commonly touched areas of your household here.

Dallas County Emergency Business Assistance Program

The third round of applications for the NDC National Development Council Dallas County Emergency Business Program is currently open and will continue until August 23rd. The program is designed to rapidly provide financial assistance to “traditional” small businesses (i.e., those with no more than 100 employees) that have been adversely affected by the current pandemic. More information about the forgivable loan program and the pre-application can be found here.

Upcoming Governor’s Small Business Webinar

The Governor’s Small Business Team will be hosting an online webinar next Wednesday, August 19th, at 1:00pm. This webinar will be on “Starting a Business in Texas” and will help guide business owners and entrepreneurs through the initial steps for starting and operating a business in the state. The event will provide information and timely, actionable advice on:

  • Choosing a business structure
  • Registering a business or business name
  • Registering for tax payments
  • Permitting/licensing in Texas
  • Where to get free help and advice

More information and free registration can be found here.

Feedback on Dallas FY 2020-2021 Proposed Budget

The City of Dallas has released the FY 2020-2021 proposed budget. Residents have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposed budget at a series of virtual town hall meetings in August. The FY 2020-2021 proposed budget can be found here, and the virtual town halls for each district can be found here.

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