This past Thursday, we talked by phone about the needs that are being seen in our community in the midst of the changes caused by this pandemic. Here is a summary of some of the main topics we discussed.
Public health officials are now recommending the use of cloth face masks when one goes out in public. Therefore, lots of people are looking for comfortable, washable face masks for their families, and some are sewing masks to sell, or to give to neighbors.
Right now, when people are dealing both with a new pandemic and new economic realities, is a moment of great risk of scams. It's important to recognize some common frauds and scams, how to protect oneself, and what to do immediately if one suspects a scam.
Right now, many of our neighbors are out of work and household finances are getting tougher all the time. We wanted to inform you about local organizations that are offering help with basic needs like food, clothing and other goods.
We're always thinking about all of you in this difficult time, and hoping that all of you, your families and neighbors are safe and healthy. We know that our communities have lots of needs and questions right now.
Yesterday (Friday, April 17), Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas public schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year, with education continuing remotely at home. Many parents feel a new greater responsibility for supporting their children's daily learning. We want to offer some resources that can help.
The Texas Supreme Court has suspended non-criminal evictions until April 30, 2020. However, it is still possible for a landlord to send a renter a "Notice to Vacate." It is important to understand that notice is not an eviction and does not require you to leave your home.
This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began to recommend the use of cloth face coverings when people go out in public.
A summary of the most important local updates this week related to COVID-19:
[Leer en español] Monday, April 6: There are nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County. All cases are of people who travelled outside of our area, or people who live with them; so far there are no cases of "community transmission."Tuesday, April 7: Boerne mayor Tim Handren, talks with pastor Jason Brown of Nineteen:Ten Church, about the importance of celebrating Easter at home this year, even if it's difficult. Wednesday, April 8: Of the nine Kendall County cases, now six have recovered from the illness. None so far have required hospitalization.Thursday, April 9: Although seven cases have now recovered, today the tenth confirmed Kendall County case of COVID-19 was announced.Thursday, April 9: Tim Handren, mayor of Boerne, talks with Boerne …
To protect our health and that of our families and communities during the current COVID-19 pandemic (caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2), it's extremely important that we follow the guidance of public health experts.
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We must distinguish valid information sources from problematic ones. In these moments of worry, there are a lot of rumors and advice circulating around -- with good or bad intentions -- that have errors or missing information.
Before sharing information about coronavirus or COVID-19, we should first verify that information with reliable sources. Here are a list of good sources to start with: COVID-19 information and updates from City of Boerne and Kendall CountyCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the USCoronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic from the World Health Organization
If you haven't already filled out the Census 2020 questionnaire for your home, there's not better time than right now. It's very important for our community that every single person get counted, to obtain the political representation and the services that we should.
During this difficult time, many factors can put our health and security at risk. Isolation at home can also bring risks of depression and other mental health problems, as well as risks of family or domestic violence. Here are some sources of help to deal with those risks.