Katy Responds

DIY Face Masks

The White House is urging Americans to wear cloth face coverings.

This is in addition to keeping your social distance of a minimum of 6 feet as well as staying home and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was careful to caution that any recommendation on masks must be “additive” and not a substitute for existing social distancing guidelines. Birx said people often feel “an artificial sense of protection because they are behind a mask.”

“Don’t get a false sense of security,” she said.

Unless you are a health care worker, or a first responder, you DO NOT need a N95 mask. A cloth mask is sufficient.

Initial CDC guidelines advised Americans against wearing masks unless they were medical professionals or were infected with the virus. The White House has been urging people without symptoms not to buy N95 or medical masks, fearing it would lead to further shortages.

The advisory, officials say, is aimed at reducing the risk of spread by people who are infected but are not showing symptoms.

“Wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute for staying home and regularly washing our hands,” the duo said in a joint statement Thursday. “By wearing a cloth mask when in public, we will limit transmission of the virus. Put simply, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

Tutorial on making a mask:

How To Make a Face Mask

Make DIY Face Masks

Shelter In Place Order

What is a Stay at Home Order? 

Harris, Galveston, and Fort Bend Counties have issued stay-at-home orders effective at midnight today (March 24) until April 3. It is expected that many more counties in the Greater Houston area will follow suit.

This action orders the following: 

  • Remain at your place of residence unless engaging in essential activities, providing essential governmental functions, or operating essential businesses.
  • All businesses, except essential businesses, should cease all activities at facilities.
  • All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single house or living unit are prohibited
  • Restaurants may only provide take-out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law
  • Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconferencing while limiting in-person staff to ten people or less
  • All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited
  • If someone tests positive for Coronavirus, the whole household must quarantine for 14 days
  • Nursing homes, retirement communities and long-term care facilities are to prohibit non-essential visitors

According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidelines, there are 16 sectors considered essential that can stay open:

  • Communications
  • Chemical
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Financial
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Government Facilities
  • Healthcare & Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water

Under the order, grocery stores will stay open.

Parks will remain open, but no playgrounds, benches, exercise equipment or basketball courts may be used. People who enjoy the outdoor spaces must maintain social distancing.

Restaurants can continue providing takeout and drive-thru service, but must maintain social distancing between customers as well.

Day Care Centers that provide care for employees of essential businesses can remain open.

Religious and worship services are to be streamed online only, but one-on-one counseling between leaders and parishioners is allowed in an effort to help with mental health.

 

Senior Support Line

WHAT IS IT?
The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line is a new delivery program designed to offer a safer shopping solution for seniors across Texas.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, H-E-B and Favor are working together to provide a simple, affordable solution that offers contactless delivery of essential food and supplies to seniors where they are safest—at home.

WHO IS IT FOR?
The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line is available to seniors aged 60 and older in select Favor markets across Texas.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 
Starting Friday, March 20, seniors will be able to place orders from a curated list of grocery essentials via a dedicated Senior Support phone line, the Favor app, or favordelivery.com.

The Senior Support Line will be staffed with volunteers to accept and process orders over the phone from 9 a.m. to

1 p.m., seven days a week. To access the Senior Support Line, call 1-833-397-0080.

Once an order has been placed, a Favor Runner will personally shop for the items at H-E-B and deliver them within a few hours. To promote social distancing and limit exposure, all Favors will be dropped off at the customer’s doorstep.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
Seniors will be able to select items from a curated list of generic products (such as milk, eggs, and bread), as well as add custom items to their order. There is currently a 25-item limit per order. In addition, substitutions may be offered based on product availability.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
To keep this service affordable for those most in need, H-E-B and Favor will waive all delivery and service fees for the first 30 days of the program. Instead, all orders will include a $10 tip, which goes entirely to the Favor Runner, who will personally shop and deliver the items.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THIS PROGRAM BE AVAILABLE?
The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, starting Friday, March 20. The program is currently available to seniors who live within eight miles of an H-E-B in select Favor markets.

Covid-19 Testing Sites in Katy

As testing kits become available, Harris and Fort Bend Counties are preparing places for first responders, hospital personnel, and other people who are symptomatic or exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 result to be tested.

In Katy, there will be a drive-thru testing site. However local officials are waiting on the gear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s office.

The county and city have planned at least two sites in Katy and the surrounding area.

City and county officials previously have said they hoped to get those sites running by the end of the week, but the continuing delay in the FEMA shipment has made it less clear that they will meet that goal.

Officials took to social media Wednesday, asking residents not to show up at those sites yet and emphasized that they only will serve people who have been through a screening process.

Right now, if you are showing symptoms, stay home and call your doctors office.

More information is available at:

 

Katy Responds

Remember, together we are Katy strong!

Distance Socially | Dine Locally


Katy Responds COVID-19 Update

Fort Bend County has followed Harris County in ordering all restaurants and other establishments that serve food be limited to takeout, delivery and drive-thru options effective today.  This order is in effective until at least March 31.

Distance socially, dine locally!

Please continue to support these establishments.  Call your favorite restaurant and place a to-go order.  Drive-thru’s are still open, and many, like Chick-fil-a, have perfected the flow to reduce wait time.  Remember to be patient.  A smile goes a long way as we are all figuring out our temporary new schedules and work routines.

The City of Katy and surrounding areas have also limited or closed many of their city and county buildings and playgrounds.  Walking trails are still open, but please keep your distance.

Currently, per CDC guidelines, all gathering should be limited to no more than 10 people with reasonable proximity.

The best way to continue to spread hope faster than COVID-19 is to know that decisions are being made for the health and well being of our entire community. While we all may feel a bit stir crazy we are navigating together through time unparalleled for over a century. This unprecedented time calls for unprecedented calls to action in a global world more closely connected than we often realize. Updated information will become available as we are notified.

Everyone has a role to play.  Together we are Katy strong!

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Fort Bend Updates:  https://www.fbchealth.org/orders-impacting-restaurants-other-establishments-and-extending-disaster-declaration-by-the-county-judge-of-fort-bend-county/

Harris County:  https://www.readyharris.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/All-News-Releases/news-release-harris-county-judge-covid-19-regulations

CDC updates: www.cdc.gov