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August 14, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #104

Posted on August 14, 2020 at 3:39 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


What’s the latest from the governor on the virus in Texas?


Governor Abbott met with local officials yesterday (August 13) in Lubbock and El Paso to discuss regional COVID-19 updates.


According to KXAN News (Austin’s NBC affiliate), when asked in Lubbock about the state’s climbing positivity rate:


“Abbott said the Texas Department of State Health Services has brought on investigators to look into possible reasons for growth in that category. He said the state has so far found a few possible key points. He said fewer people had been tested in the past few weeks, compared to previous months, adding that surge testing plus more interest led to more tests being conducted.”


With Labor Day weekend and flu season approaching, Abbott said health leaders worry about hospital systems being overrun with patients:


“‘It’s so important for people to not let their guard down during the Labor Day holiday, like they did during Memorial Day,’ Abbott said. ‘If Texans and people in Lubbock refuse to let their guard down, especially on holidays, they will be able to contain the spread of COVID-19, they will be able to prevent hospitals from becoming overrun with patients.’”


In El Paso, the governor highlighted the concept of “COVID-fatigue” again. “’The COVID disease doesn’t care about COVID fatigue,’ he stated, mentioning that the virus does not discriminate in the people it might manifest itself in.”


Further Updates


What’s the latest on the implementation of the president’s unemployment benefits plan?


While cities have no formal role in the administration of unemployment benefits, we continue to receive questions about the process. Interested city officials should know that yesterday (August 13), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released this fact sheet detailing how states can access the grant funding to supplement unemployment payments.


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.