In this week’s article I would like to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19). To be prepared, our office has been in constant contact with local, state, and federal officials.
I would like to remind the Coastal Bend we must work together to combat the virus. I will continue to encourage everyone to take these precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus. These actions include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe
As more information becomes available, I will provide additional updates. The state agencies are collaborating with each other and work closely with local officials to respond to current outbreaks. In the meantime, it is important to follow the precautionary steps listed above, and listen to local health officials and comply with their suggestions to help contain the spread of the virus. I will include some useful links to follow current developments concerning the coronavirus from the Governor’s Office.
Waivers Issued by the Governor:
Expediting Reactivation for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Extending Licensing Renewal Period for Pharmacists
Preserving and Extending Child Care Capacity
Extending Licensing Renewal Period for Nurses
Expanding Healthcare Facilities
Allowing Restaurants to Sell Bulk Products to Consumers
Increasing Occupancy of Hospital Rooms
Creating Supply Chain Strike Force
Expanding Nursing Workforce in Texas
Postponing May 26 Runoff Election to Mitigate Spread
Allowing Phone Consultations by Pharmacists
Allowing Event Permit Refunds for Businesses
Suspending Residential Eviction Proceedings (Texas Supreme Court)
Waiving Healthcare Fees for Incarcerated Texans
Temporarily Closing DPS Driver License Offices
Allowing Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages with Food
Allowing for Postponement of May 2 Local Elections
Extending Driver License Renewal Deadlines
Speeding Payment of New Unemployment Benefits
Expanding Patient Access to Telemedicine Care
Expanding Hospital Capacity
Vehicle Registration, Titling, and Parking Placard Regulations
Governor waives STAAR Testing Requirements
Ensuring Students Receive Work-Study Funding
Allowing Trucks from Alcohol Industry to Deliver Grocery Supplies
Governor Abbott Waives Certain State Trucking Regulations
State of Disaster
To get updates visit the Office of the Texas Governor – Coronavirus. You may also visit the Texas Department of State Health Services.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. My offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-463-0672.