State and Federal Updates
Texas Department of State Health Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services has information on testing services, coronavirus symptoms, prevention tips, and what to do if you are sick.
FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is actively and aggressively monitoring the market for any firms marketing products with fraudulent coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic, prevention and treatment claims as part of our ongoing efforts to protect public health during this pandemic. As a result of these activities, the agency is beginning to see unauthorized fraudulent test kits that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home.
Governor Abbott Issues Statement On Texas Supreme Court Temporary Suspension Of Residential Eviction Proceedings
Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement after the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order suspending residential eviction proceedings through April 19, 2020, unless there is a threat of physical harm or criminal activity:
Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Major Disaster Declaration
Governor Greg Abbott released a statement thanking President Trump for issuing a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas. This announcement comes after the Governor requested the declaration—citing the need for additional federal assistance to save lives, to protect property, public health, and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of COVID-19.
Governor Abbott Announces Federal Grant for Senior Citizen Meals
Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas has received a $16.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults.
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans
Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference at the State Capitol where he issued an Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
U.S. House approves estimated $2 trillion stimulus package
The U.S. House of Representatives issued their final stamp of approval on the estimated $2 trillion stimulus package to battle the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation.
Speaker Bonnen releases list of federal resources for COVID-19.
The full weight of the federal government is behind the effort to contain and respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, and Texas’ state and local officials are working aggressively to disseminate information and keep responders and the public informed.
U.S. Department of Treasury
U.S. Dept. of Treasury and the IRS announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file to receive Economic Impact Payments. Payments will be deposited automatically into recipients' bank accounts.
CDC Recommends Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Last Updated: 04-24-2020