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Latest information from State Rep Sarah Davis' office

3/19/2020

State efforts on novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to change rapidly. As always, you may


access the most updated
information on the
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)


website. For more
information, individuals may access DSHS website or dial 2-1-1, and select


Option 6.


 


Governor Abbott has
announced that the state’s testing capacity should increase by the end of


this week from
approximately 10,000 tests to 20,000 tests kits per week.


 


In tandem with a
determination of public health disaster issued by DSHS Commissioner Dr.


John
Hellerstadt
, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order in effect
until April 3,


2020 and applicable
statewide that:


 


· Limits
social gatherings to 10 people or less;


· Directs
individuals to avoid eating and drinking in restaurants, bars, bars and food


courts, or visiting
gyms or massage parlors;


· Restricts
individuals from visiting nursing and retirement homes and other long-term


care facilities; and


· Closes
schools statewide.


As to restaurants and
bars, individuals can still order food for take-out and delivery. Separately,


Governor Abbott waived
certain Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) regulations,


allowing restaurants in
Texas to sell alcoholic beverages along with meals ordered through


takeout or delivery.


In addition, Governor
Abbott has waived certain regulations to allow hospitals to increase


unused bed capacity
without submitting state-required applications or fees.


 


The Texas Department
of Public Safety (DPS)
has temporarily closed all drivers license


offices to the public.
These closures do not impact commercial drivers license (CDL) holders,


and CDL holders needing
to schedule an appointment to renew their license may do so by


emailing cdlappointments@dps.texas.gov.


The Texas Education
Agency
(TEA) has announced a partnership with local education agencies


(LEA) to launch the
Texas Students Online MealFinder Map. This statewide map will enable


parents to identify
local schools offering meals for students. Once it is launched, parents may


access the map on TEA's
COVID-19 Website
.


 


The Texas Department
of Insurance (TDI)
is working to extend claims-related deadlines and


streamline the
licensing process for adjusters and agents. Additional information is available
on


TDI’s Website.


 


As of March 19, Texas
Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
has announced the


closure of certain
testing administrators. Individuals who hold or are training for a TDLR administered
license may obtain up-to-date information on
TDLR’s website.


 


The Texas Workforce
Commission (TWC)
continues to offer resources for
employers
and


employees affected
by COVID-19. TWC is monitoring federal legislation to provide


unemployment benefits
to workers and assistance for impacted employers. These individuals are


encouraged to apply
proactively online through TWC for any available state resources or


available or
forthcoming federal resources administered by the agency.


 


The City of Houston and
Harris County Public Health Department (HCPHD) are still


working to finalize
drive-through testing sites in the city and county. Updated information is


available on the City of
Houston
or HCPHD websites.


 


My office continues to
monitor the situation and is in touch daily with state and local agencies.


Should you have any
questions or require additional information or assistance, please call my


office at 512-463-0389
or 713-664-7095. You may also email me at


sarah.davis@house.texas.gov.


 


 


Many Thanks,


Representative Sarah
Davis


House District 134



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