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Jun 09

June 9, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #60

Posted on June 9, 2020 at 4:23 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


What is NLC doing to gather information for Congress to support further virus relief legislation?


The National League of Cities has prepared a brief survey on the local impact of the coronavirus on cities to ensure Congress and the administration have the relevant financial information:


“Thank you for your continued leadership during these challenging times. We know that you have made difficult decisions in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. As you continue to protect your community and prepare for reopening, TML is working diligently with the National League of Cities to secure direct federal assistance for cities, towns, and villages in the next stimulus package.


To ensure Congress and the Administration have the information they need about the local impacts of the crisis, please take a moment to complete a brief survey by June 15 focused on changes to the municipal workforce and service levels, in particular any layoffs, employee furloughs, and unexpected expenses.” 


Further Updates


Has the governor made any recent announcements regarding COVID-19 testing availability?


Yes. Yesterday (June 8), the governor and TDEM announced “expanded testing in underserved communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19:”


“Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is coordinating with local officials, public health officials, and emergency management offices in cities across the state to identify and rapidly expand COVID-19 testing in underserved and minority communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. This mission is part of TDEM's ongoing partnership with the Texas Military Department (TMD), the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and increase testing where needed. 


TDEM is already working with local officials in the cities of Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Abilene, the Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend, Laredo, and Midland-Odessa to identify and establish walk-up and drive-thru testing sites that will meet the needs of each community, and is in the process of working with other cities to bring more sites online in the coming days. TDEM is also working with local leaders to expand walk-up and drive-thru testing in urban areas where large-scale protests have taken place.


‘As the State of Texas continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring every Texan has access to COVID-19 testing no matter where they live,’ said Governor Abbott. ‘We must address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underserved and minority communities and ensure that anyone who needs a test can have one. As many Texans continue to gather for protests, the state is also taking steps to address potential surges in COVID-19 cases. We are ensuring that Texans can continue to safely exercise their First Amendment Rights while putting protocols in place to identify and mitigate any spread of COVID-19.’


As these sites continue to come online across the state, Texans can visit to find the test collection location nearest them.”


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


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