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Press Release 03/16/20 - COVID-19

Peter P. Flores Texas Senator, District 19

Post Date:03/17/2020 9:50 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2020
CONTACT:
Jamie Bennett
jamie.bennett@senate.texas.gov
O: (512) 463-0119
 
 Senator Peter P. Flores joined Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference regarding updates to the state’s response to coronavirus. Others in attendance included: San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Texas Senators Donna Campbell and Jose Menedez, Texas Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Rep. Will Hurd, and others. 

 

“Texas is prepared and putting all state resources to use to combat the coronavirus,” said Sen. Flores. “I am proud that San Antonio is the gold standard of emergency response for this state. Please take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors––we will get through this together.”

 

During the press conference, Gov. Abbott stated there are 57 confirmed cases across 15 counties in Texas. Over 200 in individuals have been tested by Texas or Center for Diseases Control and Prevention; 300 individuals being tested currently. Texas should be able to test 10,000 individuals weekly by the end of this week. Gov. Abbott reminded Texans that there is no shortage of food or water and grocery stores will remain open. 
Gov. Abbott, and Texas, has taken the following measures recently to combat coronavirus: 
  • Texas received allocated supplies from Strategic National Stockpile including masks, gloves, and gowns; will receive more supplies in the future. 
  • Gov. Abbott waived state laws that prohibit trucks from the alcohol industry from delivering supplies to grocery stores, streamlining food and supply logistics. 
  • Gov. Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Roughly half of the school districts across the state remain closed per decisions made at local level.
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been granted the authority to extend the expiration of a Texas identification card, driver license, commercial driver license or election identification certificate for the duration of the Governor’s declaration of State of Disaster.
  • Gov. Abbott waived regulations to ensure students who are enrolled in work-study programs will continue to receive critical funding while campuses close
Should anyone feel sick, officials are urging Texans to consult first with local health departments. A complete list of coronavirus disease local health entities can found at the following link: https://dshs.texas.gov/regions/2019-nCoV-Local-Health-Entities/

Texas Health and Human Services continues to recommend the following practices to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
For more information, please visit the following CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Texas Department of State Health Services Contact Information
DSHS COVID‑19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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