Resources for COVID-19 aka the Coronavirus

COVID-19 has brought us unprecedented challenges and faces us with many unknowns. Everyone undoubtedly has questions about how to deal with this situation. Thankfully, our local and national leaders are doing their best to transparently provide immediate information to our communities. Keeping in kind, my team and I have gathered online resources to keep us all up to date and informed on what’s going on with the spread and mitigation of this virus. I will do my best to be here for you, your family, and your business as a fellow American and small business owner.

What is the status of the virus in our District?

Currently, many of the counties in District 15 have not issued “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders. However, we encourage everyone to follow these procedures as a necessary precaution in order to protect our friends and families. Please continue to stay updated with your local city and county authorities as the situation continues to change. If you are issued a “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order, you should remain at home unless you absolutely must leave your home for essential activities, such as going to the grocery store, going to the doctor office, or getting gas for your vehicle.

If you must go, please go by yourself or with as few people as possible. Additionally, postpone any social gatherings and do no congregate in groups of more than 10 people. It does not matter if the gathering is on private property or not. Limit to 10 people.

In addition to local authorities’ outlets of communication, the Texas Department of State Health Services is also a great resource of information. https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

What are symptoms of the coronavirus?

According to the CDC, the symptoms below may appear 2-14 days after you have been exposed to the virus, although some people may not experience any symptoms at all.
Cough
Fever
Shortness of breath

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

First of all, remain calm.
Secondly, make a call to your primary care physician for instructions and recommendations. They will advise you by phone or telemedicine appointment what your next steps should be. Do not go to an emergency room unless you have emergency warning signs, which the CDC defines as the following:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Unusual confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If you are not experiencing these emergency warning symptoms, please remain in your home unless you have been instructed by your doctor to seek medical care elsewhere.

Food & School Resources

Please click here for information about food pantries, meals for students, and groceries for seniors.

Small Business Resources

For information about how to help your small business make it through this situation, please click here.

What can I do to help my community?

One way you can help is to take this virus seriously and encourage skeptics to do the same. Please make sure that you follow the guidelines from the CDC and local authorities to keep others in your community safe. Failure to do so can increase the chances of spreading the virus to more people. Think about the safety of others, not only the safety of yourself or only your own family. Staying at home and keeping away from others is the best-known way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please read the CDC’s guidelines on protecting yourself and others from transmitting COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

Check on your neighbors, but remember to keep your distance. The CDC recommends not getting closer than 6 feet to anyone. If you know someone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, encourage them to follow the guidelines outlined above and as provided by the CDC.

To help support local restaurants, please consider using their take-out and delivery options as they are being heavily by orders to stop dine-in options.

If you would like to share information with your friends and followers on social media, below are some links to consider sharing to your networks. Please be mindful to check that what you see on social media is from a reputable source before sharing so that false information is not propagated.

CDC COVID-19 Resources Homepage:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

State of Texas COVID-19 Communication Toolbox:
https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/tools.aspx#toolkit

Johns Hopkins Map of COVID 19:
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

We will continue to provide information that is accurate and up-to-date for your safety. Please reach out if our team can be of assistance.

Together, we will get through this!