AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — In this week’s article, I'd like to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Greg Abbott has assured us that Texas is prepared to deal with the virus – and to that end, our office has been in constant contact with Local, State, and Federal Officials.
Last week, Texas legislators coordinated with Governor Abbott, the Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt, Chief Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. The state agencies are collaborating with each other, and working closely with local officials to respond to current outbreaks.
I would like to remind the Coastal Bend that we must work together to combat the virus. I will continue to encourage everyone to take these precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
These actions include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- For more general information, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services' webpage on the Corona Virus.
- You may also visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
If you would like to review more about the Texas State Legislature, visit the Texas Legislature Online.
State Representative Todd Hunter serves the constituents of Texas House District 32, which is composed of Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County.