• March 30, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waivers Issued by the Governor

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waivers Issued by the Governor

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waivers Issued by the Governor

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 [email protected] or at 512-463-0672.