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An Update on Coronavirus or COVID-19

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, Governor Greg Abbott's latest executive order requires Texans to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people not in their household through April 30, except for providing and obtaining essential services.

Texans are urged to:

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Call 1-833-986-1919 toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Looking for Ways to Help?

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott is encouraging Texans to help their neighbors in this extraordinary time or donate to Rainbow Rooms (for children) or Silver Star Rooms (for adults). These resource rooms are where DFPS caseworkers get supplies to help children and adults who have been abused or neglected. The First Lady is also directing families who are under stress due to the helpful tips and information on HelpandHope.org. Read more in her blog post.

If you want to help, download this flyer for a list items we need at our resources rooms. You can drop off new items only every Wednesday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the locations below.

Drop Off Locations for Children

  • Abilene: 3610 Vine Street 79602
  • Amarillo: 3521 SW 15th Avenue 79102
  • Austin: 14000 Summit Drive TX 78728
  • Canton: 400 E. Highway 243, Suite 11 75103
  • Corpus Christi: 4201 Greenwood Drive 78416
  • Dallas: 8700 N. Stemmons 75247
  • Edinburg: 300 East Canton Road 78539
  • El Paso: 11295 Edgemere Drive 79936
  • El Paso: 501 Hawkins Boulevard 79915
  • Fort Worth: 2700 Ben Avenue 76103
  • Houston: 3572 East T.C. Jester Boulevard 77018
  • Houston: 2525 Murworth Dr. Houston, TX 77054
  • Longview: 2130 Alpine Road 75601
  • Lubbock: 1103 MLK 79403
  • McAllen: 1919 Austin Street TX 78501
  • Midland: 3401 N. A Street 79705
  • Odessa: 2525 N. Grandview, Suite 100 79761
  • Orange: 2220 Gloria Drive 77630
  • Port Arthur: 4200 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard TX 77642
  • San Angelo: 622 S. Oakes Street 76903
  • San Antonio: 3635 SE Military Drive 78223
  • Temple: 4501 S. General Bruce Drive Suite 20 76502
  • Texarkana: 3101 Summerhill Road 75503
  • Wichita Falls: 925 Lamar Street 76301

Drop Off Locations for Adults

  • Abilene: 3610 Vine Street 79602
  • Amarillo: 3521 SW 15th Avenue 79102
  • Canton: 400 E. Highway 243, Suite 11 75103
  • Corpus Christi: 4201 Greenwood Drive 78416
  • El Paso: 401 E. Franklin Avenue, Suite 350 79901
  • Fort Worth: 2270 Mall Circle 76116
  • Houston: 5425 Polk Street 77023
  • Lubbock: 5121 69th Street 79424
  • Lufkin: 1210 S Chestnut 75901
  • McAllen: 1919 Austin Avenue 78501
  • Midland: 3401 N. A Street 79705
  • Round Rock: 1101 East Old Settler's Boulevard, Suite 300 78664
  • San Angelo: 622 S. Oakes Street 76903
  • San Antonio: 3635 SE Military Drive 78223
  • Waco: 1711 Herring Avenue 76708
  • Wichita Falls: 925 Lamar Street 76301

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Currently there is no vaccine for COVID-19, so prevention is even more critical. Reducing spread as quickly as possible will help protect our most vulnerable populations, such as seniors and those with chronic medical conditions. You can prevent the spread of coronavirus, and also the flu, by taking these steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom. Also wash them before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If there’s no soap and water, use an 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch often with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What to Do If You Feel Sick

Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 report mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms of COVID -19 may show up 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

General Population: If you are in generally good health and have a mild illness, stay home and take care of yourself like you would for the flu. If symptoms worsen, call your doctor.

At-Risk Populations: If you are 65 years or older and/or have other medical problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer – and have fever or symptoms - call your doctor. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow your physician’s instructions or refer to CDC guidance for how to take care of yourself at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
Your doctor will help make the decision whether you should get tested for coronavirus. Some public health and commercial labs in Texas are now testing.

Preparing Households

The CDC has published a guide for how to prepare households for a potential outbreak. It includes a list of household cleaners that work to disinfect surfaces.