COVID-19 Resources for TexansResources for Texans During This Unprecedented Crisis
We’re updating this page as new resources become available. If you see something missing please contact us by phone or email.
If you are symptomatic and require immediate medical care, please contact your regular physician so they can diagnose you (or dial 911).
If you have medical questions please call your physician, or try the Ascension COVID-19 Medical Hotline: 1-833-978-0649.
To contact us directly for any non-medical assistance please use any of the following methods:
Email: [email protected]
Best Websites for COVID-19 Tracking, Updates & Resources
1point3acres (charts and maps tracking the number of cases at a county level for Texas)
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (excellent map and tracker)
Coronavirus Dashboard – live updates (worldwide data regarding coronavirus)
The COVID Tracking Project (Data Heavy – US and its territories)
COVID Act Now (Data Heavy)
Resources By County
For Information regarding COVID-19 for Bastrop County citizens: https://www.bastropcares.org/covid-19
Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management COVID-19 Hotline – Call 512-303-4300.
Open Monday thru Friday 8am – 8pm; Saturday 8am – 12 pm; and Sunday 9am-1pm.
Bastrop ISD Breakfast and lunch:
Bastrop ISD is committed to providing free breakfast and lunch for all children age 18 and under in our community during this school closure. Starting March 23, we will have curbside/drive-through pick-up from 7:30am-12:00 pm. Just drive through, and staff will bring meals to your car.
Locations: Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek Intermediate School, Bluebonnet Elementary School, Lost Pines Elementary, Red Rock Elementary
Children must be present to receive a meal. Adults are not eligible for meals. For convenience, parents can bring children at any time during the window and receive both a breakfast and a lunch.
Smithville ISD Meals:
Smithville ISD is committed to providing free breakfast and lunch for all children in our community during this school closure. Because this situation is unprecedented, we aren’t certain about the number of parents who will take advantage of this feeding program. We ask for your patience as we navigate this situation along with you.
In the interest of public health and safety, we will offer curbside pick-up each weekday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm beginning Monday, March 23 at the following locations. (No dine-in service is available.)
Locations: Brown Primary – in the circle drive located in the front of the school and Smithville Elementary – Cafeteria loading dock on Bishop Street
Elgin ISD Meals:
As a District, we are committed to helping our families during this time of school closure. Elgin ISD’s Child Nutrition Department will prepare and distribute meals for children ages 18 years or younger at 14 different sites beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020 . Each child receives one breakfast and one lunch meal, daily. Curbside meals will be offered at Elgin Elementary School and Elgin ISD school buses will deliver meals throughout the community to 13 different locations.
If schools remain closed beyond April 3, EISD is committed to providing these services until schools reopen.
Please know that children must be present to receive a meal. Due to federal regulations, EISD is unable to provide meals to adults without children present. Each “grab-and-go” meal will come at no charge, regardless of meal eligibility status.” – Elgin ISD
UPDATE: Lockhart ISD will begin bussing lunches: http://lockhartisd.org/parents/grab___go_meals
Lockhart ISD Breakfast and Lunches
LISD has made arrangements to distribute Grab & Go curbside pick-up meals during the time of school closure, Monday – Friday, beginning March 23rd. Any child 18 and under is eligible and must be present in order for the meals to be provided. Students with disabilities age 21 and under are also eligible to participate.
Each campus will have a child nutrition staff standing outside of each campus with a Grab & Go curbside pickup breakfast from 7:30 – 8:30 am. Each campus will also have Grab & Go curbside hot lunch pick up 11 am – 1 pm. Simply drive up to the pickup site and staff will hand you meals through the car window.
If you need to walk to the campus to pick up meals, you are allowed to do so. Please try to keep a safe distance from others who may be walking up to pick up meals as well–at least six feet.
GISD’s Curbside Meal Service begins Monday, March 23rd!
“GISD Food Service will begin offering breakfast and lunch meals for children (18 years old and younger).
Location: Gonzales Elementary School
Times: Mondays-Fridays 8:00AM – 12:00PM
One breakfast and one lunch will be given to each child who is PRESENT in the vehicle at the time of pickup. Both breakfast and lunches will be given out at the time of pickup to eliminate parents having to return. Younger children who are not enrolled in school at this moment are allowed to receive meals as well.
Families are asked to pull up to the GE cafeteria entrance (north of the student drop off area) and a cafeteria staff member will bring out the meals. Meals will include cold and non-temperature items.
Thank you GISD Food Service Team for your support and service to our students and community during this time!”
“Karnes City ISD is moving to bus delivered meals only. Please e-mail [email protected] to request to be placed on a bus delivery route for meals. This school closure is for an indefinite amount of time, updates will be provided weekly.” Karnes ISD
Giddings ISD: “Giddings Independent School District has announced that all facilities will be closed to everyone other than essential staff until further notice.
All GISD campuses will be providing home based lessons for students.
Teachers are busy preparing those lessons this week.
Details on how to access those lessons will be provided at a later time.
Meal service for students will begin on Monday, March 23. Drive-thru pick-up will be available at the Giddings Elementary School at the north side bus lane from 9am through noon Monday through Friday. Per Texas Department of Agriculture guidelines, children receiving meals must be present in the vehicle. More details of meal service are available on the GISD website.”
For Senior Citizens:
Most Dollar General stores are dedicating the first hour (8 a.m. – 9 a.m.) to allow seniors to shop first before opening to the rest of the public. If they seem to be out of something like toilet paper, ask a manager if there is more in the back. Some do not put everything they have on the shelves in order to save it for those who need it most.
Mental Health Resources:
Integral Care Crisis Hotline for mental health support in the Austin Area (512) 472-4357
Internet Service Resources:
Spectrum 844-488-8395. Providing free broadband and WiFi for 60 days plus free installation for non-Spectrum households with a K-12 or college student at home. Also opening WiFi hotspots for public use.
Xfinity hotspots are available free for anyone who needs them. A list of public hotspots is available at xfinity.com/wifi
AT&T is waiving home internet data caps during the closure.
TMobile is removing data caps for cellular customers during the closure.
Rio Grande Valley-area resources:
Texting by students and activists to get homebound people supplies (mainly south Texas based): promotecarepreventharm.org
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has included all counties in Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state.
Texas small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit www.sba.gov/disaster where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.
Small Business Owners:
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. This IRS page has general information about the program – the instructions for applying for this program should come the week of March 30.
Tele-health with Baylor Scott & White:
Visit https://www.bswhealth.com/Pages/coronavirus-information.aspx or to install the app on your mobile device, simply text BETTER to 88408 to have it sent to your phone. No appointment is needed.
Tele-health with Ascension.
Visit https://ascensiononlinecare.org/landing.htm to download the app. Use the code HOME for a $20 cost per visit, and no appointment is needed.
Tele-health with MDLive.
Visit https://www.mdlive.com/coronavirus/ to sign-up for a free account.
Tele-health with TelaDoc.
Visit https://www.teladoc.com/coronavirus/ to set-up an account or download their app. The cost of a Teladoc visit depends on your health plan, with everyday care costing less than $49.
Tele-health with HeyDoc.
Visit https://heydoc.net/ to download the app. A visit on HeyDoc costs the patient between $10 and $50.
Tele-health with Televero Health.
Visit https://televerohealth.com/coronavirus-consultation/ to schedule a consult with a Critical Care M.D or Behavioral Health professional. Consult takes place from the safety and convenience of your home on a computer or mobile device.
Central Health-funded CommUnityCare Health Centers launched a hotline staffed with medical professionals to triage uninsured Travis County residents experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms (COVID-19).
People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms who are uninsured and do not have an established doctor can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 512-978-8775 for guidance. Medical professionals will answer the phones and triage callers – specifically people who are uninsured – to prevent them from going directly to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency department. For now, the hotline is available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.