Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Texans

In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES Act to help families across the country. Provisions in the CARES Act include:

Aid for families and individuals:

  • Individuals will receive $1,200 in the form of a one-time direct deposit, $2,400 for couples and $500 per child. The payments will be phased out based on income levels.
  • An additional $600 per week for the next four months will be provided to unemployed workers on top of state benefits.
  • $19.6 billion for veterans, including in-patient and telehealth.
  • $3.5 billion for child care services.
  • $7.4 billion for homeless and assisted housing programs.
  • $25.1 billion for nutritional assistance for seniors, women, children, American Indians, and low-income families.

Relief for small businesses:

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) authorizes $349 billion in additional 7(a) loans. Businesses with 500 or fewer employees are eligible. Loan forgiveness is available for payroll and debt obligations.
  • $562 million for SBA to provide economic injury disaster loans.
  • $1.5 billion for Economic Adjustment Assistance to provide small businesses with capital.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program will provide loans to small businesses intended to help with job retention and to provide eight weeks of payroll to employees. 

Boosts for health care:

  • $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers.
  • $27 billion to research better testing and treatment, and purchasing medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
  • $16 billion for Strategic National Stockpile to procure personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical supplies for federal and state response effort.
  • $4.3 billion for the Center for Disease Control.
  • $1 billion for the National Institute of Health’s vaccine research.
  • $4.6 billion for health care, community support, nutrition and mental health services.

There are several precautionary steps everyone should take, including: 

  • Washing your hands as often as necessary.

  • Refraining from touching your face.

  • Avoiding handshakes and other physical contact.

  • Practicing social-distancing.

  • Monitoring yourself and loved ones for potential symptoms. According to the CDC, those symptoms are: fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

  • If experiencing symptoms, calling your health care provider rather than going to an emergency room.

The CDC recommends those experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. According to the CDC, those severe symptoms are: 

Information from the CDC about COVID-19 is available here.  

The latest information from Texas Health and Human Services on COVID-19 is available here. 

The latest information from the City of San Antonio on COVID-19 is available here

To track COVID-19 cases across TX-23 click here

For Veterans:

  • Per Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines, any veteran experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, should immediately contact their local VA facility.

  • Veterans should abstain from going to their local VA unless told to do so. If visiting a VA, patients will be pre-screened for flu-like symptoms before entering a facility.

  • Visitors to VA facilities who are not feeling well, should refrain from going to the facilities. 

  • To find contact information for a veteran's closest VA facility, click here. 

  • The most up to date information from the VA on COVID-19 is available here.  

For Parents Seeking School Information: 

  • Governor Abbott has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. He is also requesting the Department of Education waive federal testing requirements for this school year.

  • On March 31, 2020, Governor Abbott extended school closures statewide until May 4.

  • Northside Independent School District's website will include instruction materials for each grade and content area. Food kit instructions for the district are also located on their website.

  • El Paso Independent School District is directed to be closed to students until April 6

  • School is sometimes the only way some of our students receive hot meals, and, because of school closures, many are concerned about the lack of food for low-income families. The Coronavirus response package passed in the House includes an additional $400 million for food banks. 

  • The Texas Department of Eduaction has provided an interactive map that lists school locations continuing meal services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • The Smithsonian Lab has free resources for students and educators to help with distance learning. 

For Job Seekers:

  • Governor Abbott waived the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits. 

  • Texas Workforce Commission is waiving the requirement for unemployment applicants to register for work search on and meet minimum number of work search activities per week. 

  • Resources from the Texas Workforce Commission are available here.

For Americans with Family Abroad: 

  • Check the State Department's website for updated travel information related to COVID-19.

  • Reach out to the appropriate American embassy abroad for any travel updates. 

Additional information and resources are below: 

Federal government resources are available by department below:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)

  • U.S. Department of Education (here)

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)

  • U.S. Department of Labor (here)

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)

  • U.S. Department of State (here)

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (here)

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (here)

Please note, this page does not constitute official medical advice.