The Texas Association of Builders is staying up to date on the latest information regarding the coronavirus or COVID-19. TAB is here to help you navigate the information and provide you with accurate information that will assist you in protecting your family and operating your business effectively. The following is a one-stop resource center for you, your family and staff members of helpful information, website links, PDFs and other resources on the Coronavirus. This information was compiled from resources by the National Association of Home Builders, Office of the Texas Governor, Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services, World Health Organization and the White House.
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Austin Emergency Rules Now In Effect for Individuals, Construction Sites (July 15)- Notice of Emergency Rules Adoption (PDF)
► DSHS Printable Sign: Best Health Practices To Avoid COVID-19
► DSHS Printable Sign: How To Wash Your Hands
► Open Texas Strike Force - WEBSITE
Emergency Rules Now In Effect for Individuals, Construction Sites- Notice of Emergency Rules Adoption (PDF)
May 6 - Texans Back to Work Task Force - Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (PDF) and website
April 27 - Texans Helping Texans - The Governor's Report to OPEN TEXAS (PDF)
March 26 - Governor Abbott Requests Release of Federal Unemployment Funds (Letter)
March 24 - COVID-19 News - Help is Available (Comptroller)
March 23 - Governor Abbott Requests Major Disaster Declaration from White House (Governor's Letter)
March 22 - Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity, Announces Supply Chain Strike Force For COVID-19 ResponseGovernor Abbott Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity, Announces Supply Chain Strike Force For COVID-19 Response (Proclamation - PDF)
March 21 - Price gouging or disaster scams should call the Office of the Attorney General's toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 or file a complaint online.
March 20 - Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration
March 19 - Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In Accordance With Federal Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas
March 18 - Governor Abbott Issues Proclamation for Postponement of Local Elections Set for May 2nd (Proclamation-PDF)
March 17 - Governor Abbott Activates National Guard In Response To COVID-19
March 16 - Governor Abbott Waives STAAR Testing Requirements
March 13 - Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19 (Proclamation-PDF)
July 13 - Coronavirus Preparedness & Jobsite Safety (NAHB Update)
May 22 - OSHA Reverses Course and Now Requires Employers to Track COVID-19 Cases
April 9 - NAHB Members Urged to ‘Stand Down’ for Coronavirus Safety (English & Spanish)
March 31 - Workers on Home Building Sites Should Strictly Adhere to Coronavirus Precautions
March 30 - DHS Designation for Home Building as ‘Essential’ is Not Mandatory
March 24 - How to Help Builders Stay on the Job
March 24 - Construction Exemptions to State Business Closures
March 23 - Multifamily Owners, Renters to Receive FHFA Support
March 23 - Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus
March 20 - NAHB Podcast: Coronavirus Update
March 19 - A Message from NAHB’s Chair: Working with the White House to Provide Housing Stimulus
March 18 - NAHB's Coronavirus Emergency Preparedness and Response (webpage)
March 17 - NAHB - Coronavirus Could Affect OSHA Compliance on Home Building Sites
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► To report price gouging, call the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General: 1-800-621-0508
► IRS - Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
► Face Covering Posters - English and Spanish PDFs
► CDC How to Protect Yourself (PDF/Info Graph)
► 30 Days to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC/White House document) Face Covering Posters - English and Spanish PDFs
► Staying Informed (English) | (Español) (PDF/Info Graph)
► Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe(PDF/Info Graph)
► Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Org)
► All COVID-19 Travel Health Notices (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
► COVID-19 Situation Summary (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
► Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
► Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
► Protecting Workers During a Pandemic FactSheet. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
► Emergencies/Diseases webpage. World Health Organization (WHO). Provides up-to-date information on existing outbreaks of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
► Health Topics/Coronavirus webpage. World Health Organization (WHO).
► Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
► Health Alert Network. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Provides up-to-date information about urgent public health incidents to public information officers; federal, state, territorial, and local public health practitioners; clinicians; and public health laboratories.
► Press Release: Public Health Screening to Begin at 3 U.S. Airports for 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
► OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF document)
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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus FAQs (English)
COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus FAQs (Español)
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us from loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Situation in Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time. Numbers are current as of 8 p.m. the day before reporting.
The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Texans must act now.
► Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, older, and/or have a medical condition. If you are sick, stay home except to access medical care. If you are able to take care of yourself, stay home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead.
► Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and non-essential trips into public. Cancel events of more than 10 people.
► Limit close contact (at least six feet) with other people.
► Employers should allow alternative work options as much as possible.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and information is always being updated. Check back often for the latest details and the current Texas case count, here.
Situation in U.S.
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
A. Know How it Spreads
• There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
• The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
• The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
B. Take steps to protect yourself
• Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
C. Avoid close contact
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
D. Take steps to protect others
• Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
E. Cover coughs and sneezes
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
• Throw used tissues in the trash.
• Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
F. Wear a facemask if you are sick
• If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
• If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
G. Clean and disinfect
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
• If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.
Read more about these tips on People at Higher Risk for serious illness from COVID-19.