State of Texas Updates
Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen today sent a letter directing state agencies and institutions of higher education to each submit a plan identifying savings that will reduce respective general and general revenue related appropriations by five percent for the 2020-2021 biennium.
Governor Greg Abbott has allowed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive late fees for license and permit renewals.
DSHS is distributing 1,200 vials of the drug remdesivir to hospitals to treat patients with COVID-19. The antiviral medication, which has shown promise in early trials in speeding up the recovery time among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, has been provided by the federal government from a supply donated by Gilead, the manufacturer.
HHSC is encouraging Texans in need of emotional support due to the COVID-19 pandemic to call the Mental Health Support Line. The support line has answered more than 3,000 calls since March 31.
HHSC is encouraging Texans to connect virtually with their older family members to keep safe distancing during Older Americans Month, and provided a link to services for older adults as well as tips on how to stay virtually connected with loved ones.
HHSC continues to promote COVID-19 testing sites on Twitter.
A reminder from TEA: During the COVID-19 pandemic, school-aged children continue to be susceptible to abuse, neglect, and are vulnerable to manipulation and exploitation by traffickers.
TDEM honors emergency medical services professionals who tirelessly serve communities across Texas during National EMS Week.