What is NLC doing to gather information for Congress to support
further virus relief legislation?
The National League of Cities has prepared a brief survey
on the local impact of the coronavirus on cities to ensure
Congress and the administration have the relevant financial information:
“Thank you for your continued leadership during these
challenging times. We know that you have made difficult decisions in the wake
of the novel coronavirus pandemic. As you continue to protect your community
and prepare for reopening, TML is working diligently with the National League
of Cities to secure direct federal assistance for cities, towns, and villages
in the next stimulus package.
To ensure Congress and the Administration have the information
they need about the local impacts of the crisis, please take a moment to
complete a brief survey by June 15 focused on changes to the municipal
workforce and service levels, in particular any layoffs, employee furloughs,
and unexpected expenses.”
Has the governor made any recent announcements regarding
COVID-19 testing availability?
Yes. Yesterday (June 8), the governor and TDEM announced
“expanded testing in underserved communities disproportionately impacted by
“Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of
Emergency Management (TDEM) is coordinating with local officials, public health
officials, and emergency management offices in cities across the state to
identify and rapidly expand COVID-19 testing in underserved and minority
communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. This
mission is part of TDEM's ongoing partnership with the Texas Military
Department (TMD), the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF), and the Texas
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
and increase testing where needed.
TDEM is already working with local officials in the cities of
Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Abilene, the Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal
Bend, Laredo, and Midland-Odessa to identify and establish walk-up and
drive-thru testing sites that will meet the needs of each community, and is in
the process of working with other cities to bring more sites online in the
coming days. TDEM is also working with local leaders to expand walk-up and
drive-thru testing in urban areas where large-scale protests have taken place.
‘As the State of Texas continues to mitigate the spread of
COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring every Texan has access to COVID-19
testing no matter where they live,’ said Governor Abbott. ‘We must address the
disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underserved and minority communities and
ensure that anyone who needs a test can have one. As many Texans continue to
gather for protests, the state is also taking steps to address potential surges
in COVID-19 cases. We are ensuring that Texans can continue to safely exercise
their First Amendment Rights while putting protocols in place to identify and
mitigate any spread of COVID-19.’
As these sites continue to come online across the state, Texans
can visit www.covidtest.tdem.texas.gov to find the test
collection location nearest them.”
Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?
TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.