The Daily News will publish a list of local and state agencies offering help to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The state is urging clients of Texas Health and Human Services and all residents affected by the coronavirus emergency to use the 2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline to speak to someone who can help.
To access the COVID-19 hotline, dial 211, then choose option 6 to get information about coronavirus-related social services including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.
Texans can also dial 877-541-7905 and select option 6 for the same information and services. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Information about local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance and senior services is available via the hotline.
WHO: Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce
INFO: The chamber is partnering with Mills Shirley LLP to host an interactive webinar focused on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among topics discussed will be paid sick leave law; Family and Medical Leave Act extensions; and understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, how to interpret it and dispelling rumors and misinformation. The free webinar will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday via Zoom.us. Register at bit.ly/galvchamberemployerwebinar or call Lorraine Grubbs, 281-813-0305.
WHO: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration
INFO: National helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 800-622-4357.
WHO: The Disaster Distress Helpline
INFO: 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
WHO: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
INFO: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 800-273-8255.
WHO: National Alliance on Mental Illness
INFO: Helpline at 800-950-6264 available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern time) weekdays. Free information and referrals to treatment programs, support groups and educational programs.
WHO: Boys Town
INFO: National Hotline, 800-448-3000, offers free 24/7 crisis intervention services for both children and parents , plus information and referrals to valuable mental health resources. Email, text, and online chat-based services are also available. Teen Line, 310-855-4673 or 800-852-8336, offers teen-to-teen counseling services available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The service is also available by texting “TEEN” to 839863.
WHO: Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol
INFO: Stay informed about drug and alcohol facts and events in your community. @BACODA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, visit www.bacoda.org or call 800-510-3111.
WHO: The Jesse Tree, 409-762-2233
INFO: During the quarantine, the nonprofit will be providing senior food boxes at various facilities on specific dates as a part of its Senior Wellness and Nutrition program. It’s annual Empty Bowl Event has been rescheduled to Sept. 25 at The Garten Verein at Kempner Park, 2704 Ave. O, in Galveston. Donations also can be mailed to P.O. Box 575, Galveston, TX 77553.
WHO: National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas
INFO: Family support groups are offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. To access, visit www.supportgroupscentral.com/namitexas and click on the blue tab that says “Not yet a member?” to set up a free account. For information, call 281-585-3100.
WHO: Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, www.GalvestonChamber.com
INFO: The chamber’s website offers a comprehensive list of resources for businesses and nonprofits; information about the health, education and tourism sectors; and current updates from local, state and federal agencies.
WHO: Family Service Center of Galveston County
INFO: Services are available for clients and individuals in need via phone at 409-762-8636 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays until further notice. If an urgent need arises, call the hotline at 888-267-4994.
For mental health emergencies, call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest emergency room. Help also is available via the Gulf Coast Center’s 24-hour crisis line, 866-729-3848, or Galveston County Mental Health Deputies, 409-766-2323.
WHO: Galveston County Animal Resource Center, 3412 25th Ave. N., Texas City
INFO: Galveston County residents in need of pet food can drive by the center to pick up donated pet food curbside. Donations also will be accepted. If you’re in need of pet food, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-948-2485.
WHO: Texas Comptroller’s Office
INFO: The agency will offer assistance to businesses struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February. If you need help, the agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest. Call the enforcement hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees.
WHO: Southern Broadband, www.southernbroadband.com
INFO: Southern Broadband will provide free drive-up Wi-Fi hotspots for residents in Crystal Beach. Services will be available at Jose’s Cantina, 1021 state Highway 87; Hard-Heads Icehouse, 1035 state Highway 87; Gulf Coast Market, 2385 state Highway 87; Bolivar Tourism Center, 2275 state Highway 87, Suite 10; Ocean Grille, 2275 state Highway 87, #15; Stingaree Restaurant, 1295 N. Stingaree Drive; and the Southern Broadband office, 4298 state Highway 87.
WHO: Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, www.gofmtogo.com
INFO: Local, fresh food is now only available online. SNAP benefits also are accepted.
WHO: Friendswood Rotary Club, in partnership with Friendswood Youth Baseball and the city of Friendswood
INFO: Friendswood residents affected by COVID-19 can sign up for help by visiting bit.ly/COVIDMeals. Donations can be made at www.paypal.me/Friendscovidsupport.
WHO: United Way of Galveston
INFO: Anyone needing assistance can call 2-1-1 to connect with United Way’s regional database of service providers. Additionally, United Way of Galveston is encouraging residents to complete the 2020 census by visiting my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.
WHO: Catholic Charities
INFO: As a precautionary measure, clients will be served via phone or email. To request an appointment, call 713-526-4611 or email email@example.com.
WHO: CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread, 2420 Winnie St., Galveston, 409-765-6971
INFO: Open from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays; no face-to-face contact; prepackaged meals will be available and people can check their mail if they utilize that service there; no other social services are available at this time until further notice.
WHO: Galveston County Food Bank, 624 Fourth Ave. N., Texas City, 409-945-4232
INFO: Pantry hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at 624 Fourth Ave. N., Texas City.
WHO: St. Vincent’s House, 2817 Postoffice St., Galveston, 409-763-8521
There will be no face-to-face contact until further notice.
The food pantry will be drive-thru only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
WHO: United Way Galveston County, www.uwgcm.org or call 409-948-4211
INFO: Visit the website to keep up with what the agency is providing; any questions, call 2-1-1
WHO: Lone Star Legal Aid, lonestarlegal.blog or call 409-763-0381. No face-to-face visits at this time.
WHO: Salvation Army Galveston County, www.salvationarmy galvestoncounty.org or call 409-763-1691
INFO: Meals will be served at 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily at 601 51st St. in Galveston.
Food boxes will be available for anyone who needs them from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays only.
WHO: Galveston Island Humane Society, 409-740-1919, www.GalvestonHumane.org
INFO: Until further notice, the shelter is closed to the public. Appointments for adoptions, fosters and other services are available. If you find any pets at large, call the Galveston Police Department’s Animal Services Unit, 409-765-3702.
WHO: Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, www.tclmchamber.com
INFO: The chamber’s site will have updated information about health, small business, state, city, and school resources available.
WHO: Rosenberg Library, www.rosenberg-library.org, 409-763-8854, Ext. 115
INFO: The library will allow free access to an amazing variety of online books, movies, magazine, newspapers, music, scientific health information, reference services and much more. Apply online for a borrower’s card at https://rosenberg-library.org/card-by-email/
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE SICK
Assess how you’re feeling and what exactly you mean by, “I feel sick.” If you have a runny nose and itchy eyes, medical sources say it’s most likely a common cold — not COVID-19. Add body aches and pains, and it could be the flu.
But if you have a high fever and persistent cough or any sign of respiratory distress such as trouble breathing — as in not being able to finish a sentence without taking a breath — it could be the result of a coronavirus infection. Symptoms are hard to discern, so it’s essential to be in contact with a health care professional.
If you’re experiencing a true medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and explain your condition to the operator, who will help you to determine if you need emergency care.
Short of that:
• Plan on staying home. Don’t go to work or school; don’t use public transportation.
• Call your doctor, an urgent-care facility or the Galveston County Health District at 409-938-7221, option 1. Do not just show up.
• Answer the questions you’ll be asked honestly. They’ll focus on recent travel or contact you may have had with an infected person.
• Follow instructions. The health care provider you speak with will tell you to do one of three things:
1. Even if COVID-19 is suspected but only a mild case, you most likely will be advised to stay home and rest;
2. Report to a designated medical facility for evaluation and treatment; or
3. Go to a clinic or emergency department if you have more severe symptoms, such as higher fever and severe shortness of breath.
If your symptoms are mild and staying home is your best option, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you:
• Separate yourself from other people in your home as much as possible.
• Research is showing very little chance of spreading coronavirus to animals or contracting it from them. But it is still recommended that infected persons limit contact with pets and other animals.
• Wear a face mask when around other people.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
• Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in your sick room and bathroom — phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables — every day.
• Have someone else clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.
• Ensure that anyone who comes into contact with you, such as a caregiver, wears a mask.
• Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool or bodily fluids on them.
• Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen — for example, if you develop difficulty breathing. Call ahead before going to the doctor’s office, clinic or emergency room.