COVID-19 Updates

As coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread across the U.S. and the globe, we wanted to let you know what United Way of Brazoria County is doing to respond.

The health and safety of the community and its residents is our number one priority. Our local focus, in partnership with our community partners, is working to improve the lives of local children, students, families and those in emergency situations.  Now, the people we serve may be even more vulnerable during this public health emergency.

We are working closely with local community partner agencies and community officials to deliver direct services to those in need across our community. As a convener of local volunteers, community partners, donors and residents, we are monitoring the situation closely and remain vigilant about how and when we come together. We have cancelled and/or postponed various United Way group meetings. Also, please know that we are keeping the channels of communication open and virtual options are always available for those who need to communicate with us.

Please be assured that while we remain focused on the health and safety of our staff and those around us, we are also focused on providing continued service to the community. We are taking steps to ensure we can continue to deliver the same high level of quality and engagement internally and externally during these unique circumstances.

Thank you for your patience and for doing your part. As we navigate this time of uncertainty, I want to reaffirm the power of working together to LIVE UNITED.

We are still here if you need us. We are not seeing clients in the office, please call and or leave a message and a case manager will call you back or contact Jennifer Ford, Community Engagement Director, jford@uwbc.org.

Hours of Operation: M-Th: 9:00-3:00 pm; F: 8:00-Noon
 
VITA is suspended at this time and will be reopened once we are able to see clients in the office.
 

Covid-19 Relief Fund for Brazoria County

United Way of Brazoria County's COVID-19 Relief Fund supports and amplifies local efforts. It will help with funding to local residents and Community Partners to bolster their response, the go-to information resource in times of crisis. 

• Text UWBCCOVID19 to 41444 or visit bit.ly/UWBCCOVID19

Community Partner COVID-19 Needs

• Click HERE for a list of things from our community partners on what they need, including volunteers, certain items, etc.

Community Partner Changes and Resources

• Brazoria County updates, changes, and cancelations from our community partners - CLICK HERE

• Galveston County updates, changes, and cancelations - CLICK HERE

• Family Wize prescription savings card - CLICK HERE

Brazoria County Stay at Home Orders & Resources

• Click HERE for the full Stay at Home Orders (Now extended through April 30, 2020)

• Click HERE for Stay Safe Guideline - Nonessential Businesses

• Click HERE for Stay Safe - Guide for Businesses, All pages

• Click HERE for Stay Safe - Guide for Individuals

Brazoria County Updates

• Click HERE for PSA from Governor Greg Abbott, Be a Good Neighbor. Be a Texan.

• Click HERE for Executive Order GA-23 - effective immediately and will continue through June 3, 2020
 
• Click HERE for the The Governor's GA 18 Order to Open Texas
 
• Click HERE for the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas Report - Texans Helping Texans
 
• Click HERE for Brazoria County Case Counts, including cities, from the Brazoria County Health Department.
 
• Click HERE for Texas Case Counts from the Texas Department of Health and Human Resources.
 
• Click HERE for updates and resources from the county.

For any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department’s

BRAZORIA COUNTY COVID-19 CALL CENTER 

For Health Related Calls: 979-864-2167

Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm 

Saturday 9am-2pm

For Non-Health Related Calls: 979-864-1898

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

• Please visit the Brazoria County website, www.brazoriacountytx.gov, to see if the business you have with the County can be done online, by email or by regular mail.

• The Brazoria County libraries are closed to the public. E-books, audiobooks, streaming media, and digital resources are available 24/7 online. You can find these resources at http://bcls.lib.tx.us under the Ebranch tab. The Brazoria County Historical Museum is also closed to the public.

• Social Security Administration Updates

• Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service ** Online Services Remain Available **
 
• All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

  • If you need help from Social Security:

    • First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.

    • Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.

    • If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office.

    • If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone.  Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

    • If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.  A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.

Small Business Resources

In order for Texas businesses to become eligible for emergency, low-interest bridge loans from the SBA to help you pay immediate costs such as your mortgage and payroll, a business from each of Texas’s 254 counties needs to show the SBA it has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Sending in this form will not financially obligate your business in any way. When the declaration is granted for the SBA emergency loan program, applicants will receive information on how to apply for their loan.

CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act)

The CARES Act represents the third Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency relief package provides tax rebates, expanded unemployment benefits, and numerous tax-relief provisions aimed at shoring up individual, family, and business finances, among other provisions.

Click the links below to read more about the CARES Act

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19

  • Apply for benefits either online at any time using the Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Mondays through Fridays.⁣

  • ⁣You are encouraged to use the online claim portal, Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS ), to handle your claim needs quickly. ⁣

  • ⁣UBS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.⁣

  • ⁣TWC will investigate why you lost your job and mail a decision explaining whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits.⁣

  • ⁣Contact CAIR-Houston for additional support if you have any questions. ⁣⁣

Learn more and get updates by visiting: ⁣https://twc.texas.gov/news/unemployment-news

Press Releases & News

• Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Continues to Ensure Availability of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Addresses Safety Concerns - CLICK HERE TO READ

• FEMA Fact Sheet: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting - CLICK HERE TO READ
 
• Covid-19 And Alice: Understanding The Impact On America’s Alice Families - CLICK HERE TO READ
 
• Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 25-27 - CLICK HERE TO READ
 
SCAM ALERT: April, 14, 2020. From Reese Cook, City Manager, Sweeny: Residents of Sweeny. A concerned citizen contacted City Hall today about a suspicious interaction they had with two individuals attempting to gain access to the resident's home to test their water for COVID-19. These individuals reportedly stated that they were contracted by the City to do this. The resident did not let them into their home and instead offered them a sample through other means. They then proceeded to tell the resident that their water was contaminated and a form needed to be filled out which included personal information including their Social Security Number. The individuals were driving a grey Mercedes.

The City has not contracted anyone to perform these services nor is the City performing these services. All of our Public Works employees are issued identifying uniforms and drive City vehicles.

DO NOT give any of your information like this to any individuals coming to your home. If you need to report any suspicious individuals please contact the Sweeny Police Department at 979-548-3112 or contact City Hall at 979-548-3321 with any questions. Please stay safe.

• New financial incentive for donors to give to United Way and Community Parnters - CLICK HERE TO READ

• Order for road closures on the Louisiana/Texas border - CLICK HERE TO READ

• United Way Partners with Familywize to Offer Support for Residents to Access Delivery of Prescriptions - CLICK HERE TO READ

• Brazoria County Stay Safe at Home Order - Click HERE for the full document

• For updates on healthcare information regarding clinics, appointments, etc. https://www.utmb.edu/covid-19  

• H-E-B selects United Way as one of the three Texas nonprofit recipients to receive donations amid COVID-19 pandemic  - CLICK HERE TO READ

• New Tax Filing Day: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Tax Day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 - CLICK HERE TO READ
 
• March 19, 2020: Trump signs coronavirus relief legislation into law - CLICK HERE TO READ

• March 18, 2020, Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Closure Of Driver License Offices - CLICK HERE TO READ

• Click HERE for current and past press releases from the Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott

Childcare Resources for Essential Employees and Childcare Centers

• Frontline Child Care Availability Portal is now live for parents to search for available child care.

• On this site you will find information on child care options for Texas' frontline workers fighting to stop the spread of COVID-19.

• For all open childcare providers, complete the Availability Form to quickly update your availability. 

  • If you are still open to the public, please update the portal even if you have zero openings for any or all age groups.

  • If you are closed, report information to HHSC Child Care Regulation using this survey.

General COVID-19 Resources

• Health and Human Services (HHS):

• World Health Organization (WHO):

    • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC):
    • Letter providing Local Workforce Development Boards guidance on implementing emergency child care for essential workers and extending job search period during COVID-19 for parents receiving a subsidy.

    • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  

    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS):  

    • COVID-19 homepage with information on prevention strategies, symptoms, and what to do if you're sick  

    • Texas Case Count page has the latest information on the number of confirmed cases in the state  

    • COVID-19 Local Health Entities has a listing of all county public health facilities across the state  

    • If you have questions or would like more information about this content, contact the DSHS COVID19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779; Hours: 7am-8pm, Monday - Friday

    • Mental Health Resources:  

    Canceled UWBC Events

    • Dow | United Way of Brazoria County 13th Annual Golf Classic (March 27, 2020).


    About Novel Coronavirus 
    A novel coronavirus called SARS-coV-2 (formally called 2019-nCoV) has emerged out of Wuhan, China. In the following weeks since its emergence, the virus has spread to multiple countries around the world, including the United States.
     
    Symptoms
    Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

    • Fever

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

    Prevention
    There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. These every day actions can all prevent exposure to other respiratory viruses as well.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty.