What is the new schedule for the TML Coronavirus Update?
The plan is to send one update email per week, usually each
Tuesday. As always, we will send additional updates if needed to ensure that
city officials remain informed of breaking news.
What are the latest COVID-19 statistics?
The Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Dashboard shows that while deaths are
increasing, cases and hospitalizations in much of Texas are slightly
decreasing. The vaccine rollout continues nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 19 million Americans
have received the first dose, and more than 3.3 million are fully vaccinated.
What steps has the President taken with respect to the
On January 21, President Biden released a 200-page National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic
Relevant to cities, the plan places a strong emphasis on
cooperation with, and support for, local government. Some examples include
build channels of communication with state and local leaders
make state and local-level data available to manage the
pandemic and provide support to mayors and governors deciding on COVID-19
interventions (p. 30);
enlist EMS and firefighters to support vaccination efforts (p.
create as many venues as needed for people to be vaccinated
What pandemic-related executive actions has the President
Last week, President Biden signed executive orders, proclamations, and memoranda related to
various subjects. At least 15 are related to the pandemic. Arguably some of
the most important for cities are:
-Executive order coordinating a government-wide COVID-19
response: Creates the position of COVID-19 response coordinator, who
will advise the president and oversee the distribution of vaccines, tests,
and other supplies.
-Executive order strengthening public health supply chain: Requests
that the heads of various federal departments assess the nationwide
availability of personal protective equipment and other resources needed to
distribute COVID-19 tests and coronavirus vaccines, as well as to develop a
strategy to manufacture supplies for future pandemics.
-Executive order establishing the COVID-19 Health Equity Task
Force: Creates the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which will
provide recommendations on the allocation of resources and funding in light
of “disparities in COVID-19 outcomes by race, ethnicity, and other factors.”
-Executive order promoting workplace safety amid the pandemic: Directs
the Department of Labor to revise and issue new guidance for employers to
promote the health and safety of their workers, including mask-wearing in the
-Executive order establishing a COVID-19 pandemic testing
board: Creates the pandemic testing board to coordinate national efforts
to “promote COVID-19 diagnostic, screening and surveillance testing” and to
increase the distribution of free tests to those without comprehensive health
-Executive order guaranteeing unemployment insurance for
workers who refuse work due to COVID-19: Requests that the
Department of Labor consider clarifying its rules to establish that workers
“have a federally guaranteed right to refuse employment that will jeopardize
their health,” and that workers who do so will still qualify for unemployment
Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus
TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.