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June 3, 2020 10:27 AM

Mesquite, TX – June 3, 2020 – The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) has developed two new courses to streamline the process of reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with its training partner, 180 Skills, DCCCD developed the COVID-19: Returning to Work course for employees and the COVID-19: Employer Workplace Guidance course for employers. Click on the course registration form and enter the appropriate information to register.

Both new courses by DCCCD are designed to help employees and employers return to work safely. The first course is for employees and focuses on just that. The second course will help employers understand the OSHA and CDC guidelines for preparing the workplace and how to maintain the workplace in the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Each course lasts approximately 20 minutes and includes an exam at the end where the student may be awarded a certificate.

DCCCD is only offering a limited number of seats for the training. You can register by clicking here.

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May 21, 2020 10:11 AM

Governor Abbott, CVS Health Announce 44 New COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Sites In Texas
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that CVS Health will open 44 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Texas. These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and will be available to individuals who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at beginning Friday, May 22 to schedule an appointment.

"Texas continues to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 testing in our communities, and these new drive-thru testing sites provided by CVS Health will further expand access to these tests throughout the state," said Governor Abbott. "I thank CVS Health for establishing these drive-thru testing sites here in the Lone Star State. We are committed to working with our health partners in the public and private sectors to expand our testing capabilities, protect public health, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19."

"While the large-scale test sites we’ve been operating since early April have proven successful, this new approach allows us to utilize our presence in communities across the country and bring testing closer to home," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. "Our frontline employees will continue to play a critical role in the testing process, with members of their communities directly benefitting from their dedication and selflessness."

Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions. A CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

CVS Health plans to have over 80 drive-thru testing locations in Texas by the end of May. More information about CVS Health and their testing sites can be found at their COVID-19 resource center.

The new testing sites in Texas include:
• CVS Pharmacy, 5526 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78745
• CVS Pharmacy, 2610 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703
• CVS Pharmacy, 11300 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78753
• CVS Pharmacy, 11725 North FM 620, Austin, TX 78750
• CVS Pharmacy, 3500 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78749
• CVS Pharmacy, 2950 North Dowlen Road, Beaumont, TX 77706
• CVS Pharmacy, 4100 State Highway 121, Carrollton, TX 75010
• CVS Pharmacy, 6915 West Avenue, Castle Hills, TX 78213
• CVS Pharmacy, 825 South Crowley Road, Crowley, TX 76036
• CVS Pharmacy, 26265 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX 77433
• CVS Pharmacy, 12550 Louetta Road, Cypress, TX 77429
• CVS Pharmacy, 3133 East Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
• CVS Pharmacy, 12051 Tierra Este Road, El Paso, TX 79938
• CVS Pharmacy, 1780 N Lee Trevino Drive, El Paso, TX 79935
• CVS Pharmacy, 8041 N. Mesa Street Suite A, El Paso, TX 79922
• CVS Pharmacy, 3614 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, TX 76107
• CVS Pharmacy, 5401 Lebanon Road, Frisco, TX 75034
• CVS Pharmacy, 5702 Lavon Drive, Garland, TX 75040
• CVS Pharmacy, 4203 South Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
• CVS Pharmacy, 3701 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Grapevine, TX 76092
• CVS Pharmacy, 12980 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023
• CVS Pharmacy, 15010 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
• CVS Pharmacy, 1003 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77006
• CVS Pharmacy, 5402 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056
• CVS Pharmacy, 2469 Bay Area, Houston, TX 77058
• CVS Pharmacy, 5603 FM1960 W, Houston, TX 77069
• CVS Pharmacy, 801 North Tarrant Parkway, Keller, TX 76248
• CVS Pharmacy, 5002 West Main Street, League City, TX 77573
• CVS Pharmacy, 2200 Matlock Road, Mansfield, TX 76063
• CVS Pharmacy, 1413 Oates Drive, Mesquite, TX 75043
• CVS Pharmacy, 8995 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070
• CVS Pharmacy, 2100 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney, TX 75070
• CVS Pharmacy, 2712 Highway 365, Nederland, TX 77642
• CVS Pharmacy, 2101 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023
• CVS Pharmacy, 605 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
• CVS Pharmacy, 1855 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX 78664
• CVS Pharmacy, 1301 North Saginaw, Saginaw, TX 76179
• CVS Pharmacy, 23530 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, TX 78258
• CVS Pharmacy, 120 East Sonterra Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78258
• CVS Pharmacy, 7603 Culebra, San Antonio, TX 78251
• CVS Pharmacy, 2232 Repsdorph Road, Seabrook, TX 77586
• CVS Pharmacy, 2693 FM 3009, Schertz, TX 78154
• CVS Pharmacy, 25110 Grogans Mill Road, Spring, TX 77380
• CVS Pharmacy, 8754 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX 77379

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May 18, 2020 5:16 PM

Governor Abbott Announces Phase Two To Open Texas
Source: Office of the Texas Governor

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the second phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Additionally, the Governor announced that public schools in Texas have the option to provide in-person summer school so long as they follow social distancing practices and health protocols laid out by DSHS. These classes may begin as soon as June 1st.

"Today, tomorrow, and every day going forward is one step closer to medical discoveries that can treat and protect people from COVID-19—but until that day comes, our focus is keeping Texans safe while restoring their ability to get back to work, open their businesses, pay their bills, and put food on their tables," said Governor Abbott. "By continuing to use safe practices, we are slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our most vulnerable. Now more than ever, we need to work together as one Texas. I ask all Texans to continue heeding the guidance of our state and federal medical experts and do their part to protect public health. If we all unite in our resolve, we will overcome this challenge."

Via Executive Order, the following services and activities may open under Phase II.

Child Care Centers (May 18)
Massage and Personal-Care Centers (May 18)
Youth Clubs (May 18)
Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
Bars (May 22)
Aquariums and Natural Caverns (May 22)
Zoos (May 29)
Day Youth Camps (May 31)
Overnight Youth Camps (May 31)
Youth Sports (May 31)
Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)
All sporting and camp activities are required to adhere by special safety standards, and minimum standard health protocols have been established for all newly-announced opened services and activities. Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce.

Additionally, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar businesses—may open at 25% occupancy but like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.

Opened services and activities under Phase II are subject to certain occupancy limits and health and safety protocols. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit

Certain counties experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases will have their beginning date of Phase II delayed until May 29. These counties include El Paso, Randall, Potter, Moore, and Deaf Smith. Surge Response Teams are actively working in these areas to increase testing, maintain hospital capacity, and ensure that COVID-19 is contained and mitigated.

During his remarks, the Governor also presented information on the state’s hospitalization and positivity rates—two metrics the Governor and his team of medical experts have used to inform the state’s ongoing plan to safely and strategically open. Details on these metrics can be found in presentation slides, Hospitalizations Chart and Positivity Rate Chart.