Community Garage Sales are cancelled until further notice.
All Monthly HOA meetings will be cancelled until further notice.
Both Parks have been closed until further notice due to everyone's safety.
Our lives are changing minute-by-minute. Understandably, many are experiencing anxiety due to how the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting our daily lives. Limiting your social interactions is only the beginning. Many have lost their jobs and others are living with the daily threat that they may lose their livelihood in the coming weeks. I don't take this lightly. As I've said before, I will do everything in my power to ensure that everyone has equal footing as we recover.
As a community we must come together to care for our neighbors and help everyone get through this. As you've heard, the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. Continuing to stay at home in the coming weeks will allow our health care system to care for those who test positive. Connecting you to community resources while I continue to work with our elected leaders is one way I can support you during this time. My staff has organized the resources that we've been receiving from trusted sources. They are included in this email and are also available in a more comprehensive downloadable document. Together, we will continue responding and coping with COVID-19 as a community.
HARRIS COUNTY "STAY HOME, WORK SAFE" ORDER
This morning, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo along with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a "Stay Home, Work Safe" order for all residents of Harris County until April 3. The order allows residents to go for groceries, pet food, doctors visits, household items, and certain outdoor activities like exercise. But using playground equipment, benches and exercise equipment is not allowed. I am in full support of the "Stay Home, Work Safe" order and thank Judge Hidalgo and Mayor Turner for listening to our medical community and taking this aggressive step to keep our community healthy and safe. It is imperative that we slow the progress of this virus in our community so that our health professionals have a chance to care for everyone.
HARRIS COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING:
Yesterday, Harris County Judge Hidalgo announced that the county has opened public Coronavirus testing sites. These locations will not only serve Harris County residents but will serve our neighboring communities. Taking an online COVID-19 screening is your first step in determining whether you may need to be tested for the virus.
Right now, the county is prioritizing those who are currently displaying Coronavirus symptoms and our first responders. Anyone who is showing symptoms should take the self-assessment screening and follow the instructions provided. If you don't have online access, you can call 832-927-7575 to take the assessment over the phone.
Remember that everyone has a role to play in helping slow down the spread of this virus. Even if you don't have symptoms, you could still have the virus. Continue to stay at home and limit interactions with others as much as possible.
Food Distribution Locations:
HISD is collaborating with the Houston Food Bank to get food out to our community. Curbside pickup is available and social distancing is required. Check the map for time and place.
Volunteer at Houston Food Bank:
Fighting hunger is still our mission. The Houston Food Bank is in action as our community responds to the COVID-19 guidelines and closings. Volunteers are needed for warehouse projects, kitchen projects, desk duty and offsite duties. Volunteers are practicing social distancing. Learn more.
NOTE-WORTHY COVID-19 UPDATES
Everyone deserves a roof over their heads. Recognizing the economic hardships that COVID-19 may place on residents in the coming months, County Judge Hidalgo announced Harris County will halt evictions through at least the end of March. On a state level, the Texas Supreme Court suspended all evictions statewide with the exception of cases of criminal activity or imminent threat to the landlord, their employees, or other tenants until April 19.
COMPASSIONATE JAIL RELEASE:
Confined spaces filled with large groups of people are the perfect storm for spreading the virus, which would lead to thousands of people flooding our hospital beds and overwhelming the health care system. Because of this, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez seeks compassionate jail releases amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The number one priority of Sheriff Gonzalez and many elected officials' is protecting the health and safety of all Harris County residents. That is why I support Harris County Sheriff Gonzalez 100% in his efforts to reduce the jail population through compassionate release to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
Thinking outside the box during this time means finding smart and safe ways to divert people from jail, and keep our neighborhoods safe while helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Compassionate release protects those crowded in jail, our deputies, jail staff, and the broader Harris County community from the spread of the disease.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA):
The Governor has issued a declaration to obtain Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance from the federal government. Now we are waiting for the President to approve the Texas declaration; once that happens, small business owners will be able to go online to apply for relief. I have included a link to a Powerpoint presentation that helps business owners determine if they are eligible and how to apply.
ELECTIVE SURGERIES, SURGICAL AND DENTAL PROCEDURES POSTPONED:
On March 22, hospitals were mandated by Governor Greg Abbott to postpone all elective surgeries during the COVID-19 outbreak.
VISUAL REMINDERS FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS:
Residents and business owners, we encourage you to print and post visual reminders that will help you, your family and customers remember basic steps that everyone can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Feel free to print, post and share these flyers for your homes and businesses. Using your home printer, you can easily print these on regular 8.5" x 11" paper.
HARRIS COUNTY SERVING YOU IN ALTERNATIVE WAYS:
Learn about official Harris County closings or limited services. Although most offices have stopped in-person services to combat the spread of COVID-19, residents may still access a staff member and some services online or by phone. Please note this list of closings is subject to change.
has reduced office hours until further notice. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an attempt to limit employee exposure to the general public. Staff will be in the office until 4:30 p.m. to assist with internal transfers and wires. If you have a transfer that will be later than that please contact our office to make arrangements.
Now is a critical time to get things right. Please check sources and refrain from spreading misinformation and rumors. Follow ReadyHarris, and Harris County Public Health for official statements and updates. See latest news releases from at the ReadyHarris Newsroom.
And finally, our entire community benefits when we respond to the 2020 Census. While you are practicing social distancing you can still complete your census. The data will be used to decide important decisions in Pre-K, family services, SNAP and redistricting. Say Yes to Census 2020! Learn more about why the Census 2020 matters to our community!
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