9/18: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

Reopening Texas Updates

On September 17, Governor Abbott issued Executive Orders expanding occupancy levels to 75% for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. The Governor also announced new guidance related to visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state. Under the new rules, residents will be allowed to designate up to two essential family caregivers who will be provided necessary training to allow them to safely go inside a facility for a scheduled visit, including in the resident’s room, to help ensure their loved one’s physical, social, and emotional needs are being met. You can read the order regarding expanded capacities here and the order regarding hospital capacies here.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Starting on September 15 and running until October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! This month commemorates Hispanic and Latino American Culture, Heritage and Contributions to society. You can learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and its celebrations through an informative video 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. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.

CDC Guides for Staying Safe

Flu season is fast approaching, and the CDC has many tips for staying safe throughout flu season and the coronavirus pandemic. To learn about the similarities and differences between the Flu and COVID-19, go here. For information about what to do if you are sick or are 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.

Governor Abbott’s Flu Shot PSA

Governor Greg Abbott today released a new public service announcement (PSA) encouraging Texans to get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot is especially important this season to help keep hospitalizations down during the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19. In the PSA, the Governor notes that the flu vaccine is an effective way to reduce the chances of contracting and spreading the flu. The video is available on YouTube and can be downloaded here.

Financial Assistance for Irving Residents

The City of Irving has multiple programs offering financial assistance for Irving residents struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Available programs include childcare funding, emergency rent and utility assistance, and funding for childcare providers. More information about the assistance programs and qualifications can be found here.

Financial Assistance for Collin County Residents

Collin County residents and businesses who have been directly financially impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for the Collin County CARES Economic Recovery and Assistance Programs. These programs include financial help for eligible small businesses, families, and individuals who are struggling due to the pandemic. More information about available programs and qualifications can be found here.

Women’s Business Center Grant Opportunity

The Small Business Administration is offering grants to provide funding for up to twenty-five (25) private, non-profit organizations that will provide entrepreneurial development services to women, with an emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in locations that are outside of the geographical areas of existing WBCs. Eligible applicants must be private, non-profit organizations with 501(c) tax exempt status from the U.S. Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service. More information about the application and eligibility requirements can be found here.

Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series

To stay connected to small business and community partners across the state, the Economic Development and Tourism teams in the Office of the Governor have been going virtual to maintain outreach and support. The next webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM Central Time, and is titled Resources for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs. It will focus on connecting veterans with the people and resources they need to be successful in their entrepreneurial endeavors, addressing a variety of key business topics and challenges. Small businesses in all stages—startups to established companies—are welcome to join for this informative webinar and live Q&A with the experts. You can sign up here, and previous recordings can be found here.

2020 Census Deadline Approaching

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is September 30, 2020. The census data helps shape the future of our schools, healthcare system and so much more. Everyone is required to participate, and all answers are confidential. Take the census today here.

9/11: Weekly COVID-19 updates

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.

Irving-Las Colinas Changemakers: LGBTQ: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusion in the Workplace

Join Representative Johnson in a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace, hosted by the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. You can find more information about the event and register 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. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.

Masks are most likely to slow the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used in public. Wear a mask when you are around people not living in your household, especially when social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) is difficult to maintain.

CDC Temporary Eviction Ban

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide eviction ban, temporarily halting all residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. To be protected by the Order, tenants must provide an executed copy of the declaration form (under penalty of perjury) to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete and provide a declaration. The full order can be found here, and a copy of the declaration can be found here.

Upcoming Tenant Empowerment Workshop

The Texas Tenants Union, in partnership with the Center for Transforming Lives and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, is hosting a series of Tenant Empowerment Workshops. Workshops cover leases, eviction, deposits, and repairs. Afterwards, one-on-one help is available. Workshops are held the 2nd Monday each month at 6:30 pm. The next online workshop will be hosted on Monday, September 14 at 6:30 pm. You can find more information or register here.

2020 Census Deadline Approaching

The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is September 30, 2020. The census data helps shape the future of our schools, healthcare system and so much more. Everyone is required to participate, and all answers are confidential. Take the census today here.

Virtual Volunteering for Coppell Teens

The Cozy Library and Community Commons is accepting teenage volunteers for virtual volunteers. Volunteers must be between the ages of 13 and 17, and must live in Coppell or be a CISD student. More information on volunteering opportunities can be found here.

Ignite My Future in School Teacher TECHademy

Ignite My Future in School is hosting a Virtual TECHademy for educators to virtually learn, connect and share with other educators from across Texas and Oklahoma. Tata Consultancy Services has partnered with Discovery Education to host a 3-hour immersive virtual Professional Learning session that focus on engaging students in real world problem solving by leveraging computational thinking. All educators are welcome to join and will receive no-cost transdisciplinary resources and strategies designed to effectively engage with the foundations of computational thinking across many subjects. The event will be hosted on September 16, 2020 from 9am-12pm. For more information or to sign up for free, go here.

Coppell ISD Superintendent Named a National “Superintendent to Watch”

Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt is one of the “2020 Superintendents to Watch” selected by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is among only 24 district leaders in the nation and only three in Texas, who NSPRA chose for this recognition. According to NSPRA, “Superintendents to Watch” engage and inform their school communities with new communication technology tools combined with tried-and-true techniques.  Honorees have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and possess dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. The complete list of “Superintendents to Watch,” can be found here. Congratulations Dr. Hunt!

9/4: Weekly COVID-19 updates

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.

Lowered Dallas County COVID-19 Threat Level

For the first time since May, Dallas County has lowered the COVID-19 threat level to “Orange”, meaning that people should now use “extreme caution” and continue to socially distance when leaving the house for various activities, such as dining at restaurants or going to the movies. Officials agreed to lower the threat level after hospital and ICU admissions showed a progressive decrease over more than two weeks and after deaths from the illness trended downward over the same period. Public health officials still recommend remaining cautious as numbers can increase dramatically if social distancing precautions aren’t maintained. More information about the threat level ranking system and current guidelines can be found here.

Staying Safe this Labor Day Weekend

As Labor Day quickly approaches, COVID-19 cases in Texas are still high. It is vital that all Texans take precautions and continue social distancing to keep themselves and their communities safe. The CDC recommends staying at home and celebrating from a distance. There are many ways to celebrate from home, such as video calls with family and friends, takeout and delivery options from restaurants, barbecuing at home, and more. If you do choose to go out in public to celebrate, maintain a distance of six feet from people not in your party, wear a mask, and wash your hands regularly.

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. Texans can find a testing site near them by visiting the COVID-19 Test Collection Site map.

New Allocation of SNAP Benefits Funding

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $188 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of September as Texas continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 972,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by September 15. HHSC also received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.

Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series

To stay connected to small business and community partners across the state, the Economic Development and Tourism teams in the Office of the Governor have been going virtual to maintain outreach and support. The Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series continues to be highly attended. The team plans on delivering additional webinars, and previous recordings can be found here.

Coppell Kaleidoscope: A Celebration of Art and Cultures

This year, Kaleidoscope: A Celebration of Art and Cultures will be observed virtually throughout the entire month of October. From September 1 through September 21, email stories and/or photos of cherished elements of your culture (from cuisine to traditional dress to home décor) to parks@coppelltx.gov. You can also send recipes for a favorite dish, or a sentence or two highlighting favorite things are about your culture. The city will create a Coppell Cultural Scrapbook using the information submitted and share it on their Kaleidoscope webpage.

Carrollton PD Community Listening Sessions

Carrollton Texas Police Department will be holding community a series of community listening sessions. All COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed, including wearing a mask and social distancing 6 feet from those not in the same household. If you can’t make the session but would like to contribute, send comments and concerns to: communityvoice@cityofcarrollton.com. You can find more information here.

Election Poll Workers Needed in November

Are you interested in helping with the November Election? Consider becoming a poll worker! Poll workers are a critical component for keeping polling locations open. They verify ID’s, distribute ballots, help citizens with disabilities vote, and perform other tasks necessary to effectively run a polling site. Poll workers are needed throughout the entire period of early voting up until Election Day. Information about responsibilities, eligibility, and applications can be found on your county’s website.

Student Election Poll Workers Needed in November

High school students who are 16 years of age or older have the opportunity to participate by serving as election clerks at Dallas County polling locations on Election Day. Students must live in Dallas County, be U.S. citizens, and will receive $16/hour for working a 12-14 hour day. Information about the Student Election Clerk Program in Dallas County can be found here, and the deadline to apply for the November election is September 29, 2020. Information about Other counties may also have positions available, and information about the Student Election Clerk Program can be found here.

8/28: Weekly COVID-19 update

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 Recording

On August 25, Representative Johnson hosted a town call discussion regarding health access, Medicaid expansion and so many other issues affecting access to care. You can watch the recorded discussion 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 Lost Wage Assistance Funding

The federal government has approved nearly $1.4 billion in initial funds made available through the President’s Lost Wage Assistance Executive Order. 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.

City of Dallas COVID-19 Rent Relief

Applications for past-due rent relief for Dallas residents are now open through DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas. The Emergency Rent Assistance program, funded by the CARES Act, is a federally funded initiative designed to help low-income households and persons who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 through the loss of their employment income or who sustained a reduction in income and are delinquent in paying rent. Find out if you qualify and apply now here.

D-FW Student COVID-19 Data Challenge

The City of Dallas Office of Innovation has launched a student data challenge in partnership with Dallas County, PCCI, UTD, DISD and others to help young people assess and analyze COVID-19 data. The COVID-19 Data Challenge is open to students who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in grades 6 through 12. Students selected for the challenge will work on a data project using real COVID-19 data for Dallas County cases. Students will be able to flex their math, data, and coding skills all while learning how COVID-19 is affecting their community. The deadline to join the challenge is September 3 and the challenge will run from September 8 through September 21. Winners will be announced on October 1. The application can be found here.

Election Poll Workers Needed in November

Are you interested in helping with the November Election? Consider becoming a poll worker! Poll workers are a critical component for keeping polling locations open. They verify ID’s, distribute ballots, help citizens with disabilities vote, and perform other tasks necessary to effectively run a polling site. Poll workers are needed throughout the entire period of early voting up until Election Day. Information about responsibilities, eligibility, and applications can be found on your county’s website.

Student Election Poll Workers Needed in November

High school students who are 16 years of age or older have the opportunity to participate by serving as election clerks at Dallas County polling locations on Election Day. Students must live in Dallas County, be U.S. citizens, and will receive $16/hour for working a 12-14 hour day. Information about the Student Election Clerk Program in Dallas County can be found here, and the deadline to apply for the November election is September 29, 2020. Information about Other counties may also have positions available, and information about the Student Election Clerk Program can be found here.

Annual Clear the Shelters Pet Adoption Event

Each year, thousands of shelters across the country participate in Clear the Shelters, a free adoption initiative designed to get available pets homes. Until Sunday, August 29, shelters such as Coppell Animal Services and the City of Carrollton Adoption Center will be waiving all adoption fees. Contact your local shelter to see if they’re participating and how to schedule an appointment.

8/21: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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.

8/14: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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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