District Update: Fighting COVID-19 Together

March 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

Without a doubt, the fight against COVID-19 is one of the toughest we’ve experienced in the remarkable history of our great state. Infectious disease containment poses immense challenges to our health care system, our economy, and every Texas family.

Yesterday, Governor Abbott came to Arlington to conduct a news conference with the very latest information and instruction regarding the COVID-19 response in Texas [VIDEO LINK]. I was in attendance and wanted to share a few key points with you:

  • We know that senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Please be exceptionally cautious if you are in this age group. The Texas Health and Human Services Department has banned non-essential visitors to nursing homes, and it is critical to protect senior citizens by avoiding unnecessary visits to other senior living facilities. For more information regarding CDC recommendations for senior citizens, as well as other ways to help the older friends, family members, and neighbors in our lives, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
  • As of yesterday afternoon, there are 83 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, with 3 deaths, and approximately 1,900 people being monitored. Testing capabilities have increased dramatically, and by the end of this week we will be able to administer 15,000-20,000 tests per week, so the number of cases is also expected to rise as testing broadens. We share this data with you not to instill fear, but as a reminder of how important it is to follow CDC guidelines at this time and do your part to help “flatten the curve.”
  • Stay Tuned: In light of various restrictions instituted at the local level, the Governor intends to make a significant announcement today regarding unified, statewide guidance for public gathering places such as restaurants, etc.

We realize that information is changing rapidly and can be difficult to sort through. Please know that our office, while working remotely and following CDC procedures, is fully functional and here as a resource for you. I am on regular conference calls with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and our staff receives daily updates from numerous state agencies.

If we can ever help you find the time-sensitive answers you need to make well-informed decisions on behalf of your business, church, civic group, or your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

We are on standby to assist with everything from easing regulatory burdens to helping individuals work through complications they may be experiencing with a State of Texas program or service, or connecting them with local churches and nonprofits who can help in additional ways.

We continue to refer anyone with health-related questions directly to their physicians and the following reliable resources:

Above all, thank you for doing what you can to prevent this virus’ spread and save lives. Together, looking out for one another, we will fight this thing – and Texas will thrive again.

Sincerely,

Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9
Chairman, Business & Commerce
Vice Chair, Transportation


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