COVID-19 Resources and Ways to Stay Informed
Without question, the COVID-19 virus is a threat to the health and wellbeing of millions of Texans, and its spread is a catalyst trying to stall our mighty economic engine. However, as Texans, we must be prepared and not panicked. Together, we can work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and put our great state back on track. The power lies within all of us, as the most important act we can do is adhere to the Centers for Disease (www.cdc.gov) controls recommendations and please follow Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order for Essential businesses and activities during the COVID-19 disaster and the Stay-At-Home emergency declaration issued for Denton County issued by Judge Andy Eads.
STATEWIDE RESOURCES FOR TEXANS
Below you will find several sources to keep you updated on the announcements, information, and resources available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. I also encourage you to stay on top of the latest news from the Office of Governor Greg Abbott www.gov.texas.gov/news.
As part of the ongoing response to COVID-19, the state is seeking critical equipment and supplies for medical providers including, but not limited to, personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products.
For inquiries relating to the availability of products and/or equipment for the state to consider procuring, the online procurement form can be submitted here:
For constituents seeking to volunteer or make a donation of goods, equipment, or services, click here:
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the CDC on the COVID-19 outbreak and prevention strategies. Click here to learn more: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ or phone: 2-1-1
DSHS COVID-19 Texas Map
Click here to see a statewide map of COVID-19 tracking by county:
Texas Health & Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline
If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, please call to get free help: 833.986.1919
Texas Health & Human Services Family Violence Assistance
Call 800.799.SAFE (7233) to reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Click here to learn more about free help and resources:
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Click here for “essential service” business classifications as defined by Texas Executive Order GA-14: https://tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/
Texas Workforce Commission
Click here for assistance for employers, jobs, unemployment insurance, and certain childcare programs: https://twc.texas.gov
The Texas Workforce Commission has provided this guidance flyer to help Texans apply for unemployment benefits and manage their claims through TWC by understanding what days to file based on area code.
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Click here for important statewide school updates and guidance:
Texas Students MealFinder
Click here for student meal help from local ISDs: https://txschools.gov/
Texas Attorney General
Click here to report Consumer Fraud and Price Gouging or call 800.621.0508
Click here for help for business tax assistance: https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/
Texas House of Representatives
Click here for statewide updates from the Texas House:
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR DENTON COUNTY
Without question, Denton County is a remarkable place largely because our community is passionate about helping one another. This COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Here are several local resources available to you.
Denton "Stay-At-Home Order"
Click here to review orders for our area to help guide businesses and citizens on safe practices and area operations during the pandemic: Click here to view order.
Click here to find local Denton County resources and ways to help:
Denton County MHMR
Click here for important information on services available for mental health, intellectual disabilities, or mental crisis intervention or call the hotline at 1-800-762-0157.
Click here for a broad listing of available non-profits fighting COVID-19 in our area: https://www.servedenton.org
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County
To report child abuse call 800.252.5400
Click here for local services related to child sexual abuse.
Local School District Information
To find more information on your local school districts click here:
FEDERAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR TEXANS
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Critical or Essential Businesses Guide
Click here for a guideline to help you understand workplaces that generally remain open during public emergencies:
U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 Disaster Assistance
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Click here to obtain resources and guidance for businesses and workers:
U.S. Administration on Aging - Eldercare Locator
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Click here to learn about specific resources for veterans:
U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz