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.
New HHSC Phase-1 Facility Visitation Rules
Health and Human Services has announced new rules for limited indoor and outdoor visitation at intermediate care facilities. Before visitations occur, facilities must request a Phase 1 facility designation by showing there have been no staff cases in 14 days, no active cases in the facility, adequate staffing, and that the facility is in compliance with infection control requirements. Types of visits allowed include outdoor visits, window visits, vehicle parades, limited indoor visits, and compassionate care visits involving individuals and personal visitors. All visits must be scheduled in advance, all visitors must be screened before the visit, and no physical contact is allowed. The full announcement can be accessed here.
Deciding to Go Out During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The CDC has issued a guide for those evaluating whether they will go out or how they will go out and socialize during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read their guide and considerations 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.
Additional Unemployment Benefits Funding
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has applied for additional unemployment benefit funding made available through the Lost Wage Assistance Executive Order. If granted, this funding will provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualifying Texans receiving unemployment benefits. Claimants currently receiving unemployment through TWC should continue to request payments as normal. Eligible claimants should expect to receive the additional benefits on their first payment request on or after August 23, 2020. These funds will be backdated to the benefit week ending August 1, 2020. To apply for unemployment benefits or to request payment visit ui.texasworkforce.org. All claimants should keep their mailing and email addresses current in the unemployment benefits services system to prevent delays.
Coppell Business Assistance Grants
The second application period for the Coppell CARES Restaurant Assistance Grant and the Coppell CARES Business Retrofit Grant, which aim to assist local business that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, opened today, August 19! More information can be found here.
#DFWAnswerTheCall: DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study
Help local physician scientists understand the spread of COVID-19 to inform how to best protect our community. Check your mailbox to see if you are one of 44,000 North Texas residents invited to participate in the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study launched by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources. The study hopes to discover why some in our population and across certain industries are affected more than others in an effort to prevent spread and map a path to healthy communities and economic stability once again. More information can be found here.