FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/13/2020
Chairman Sarah Davis Urges Calm and Preparedness to Slow Spread of Coronavirus, Postpones Article II Subcommittee Hearings
Houston, TX—Chairman Sarah Davis released the following statement on the rapidly evolving situation involving COVID-19 in Texas:
"Today Governor Abbot issued a state disaster declaration in response to COVID-19. He indicated that there will be a dramatic increase in testing capacity, and the first drive-through testing facility will open today in San Antonio, with ones to follow soon in Dallas, Houston, and Austin.
Since COVID-19 was identified in December 2019, and the first U.S. transmission occurred in January 2020, Texas public health officials have deployed the same longstanding policies to handle any emergency or natural disaster. My office has been in daily contact with public health officials to monitor developments in Houston, Harris County, and Texas.
As the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, I highly regard public input when developing the State’s healthcare budget. Public testimony highlights invaluable personal experiences with the healthcare system, and serves to put a face to the numbers. Often, public testimony involves children and adults with compromised immune systems. In light of COVID-19, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II hearings scheduled for April 7, 2020 and April 28, 2020 are postponed until further notice. I want to ensure that the public has the full opportunity to participate in the interim topics, and the subcommittee will take up these charges at a later date.
We face many challenges ahead, and must work together to protect ourselves, and those around us. We can do this by practicing good public health hygiene and avoiding behaviors like stockpiling soap, facemasks, disinfectants, water or toilet paper. Common-sense hygienic practices include washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, avoiding touching your face, and staying home and away from others when sick. These practices are effective at preventing the spread of all respiratory viruses, including the common cold, influenza, and coronavirus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has a dedicated website that is updated daily with easily accessible centralized, information for the public, health care providers, and first responders. The website is available at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.
In order to further protect the public health, our office’s Capitol and District staff will be working remotely. We will continue to receive and respond to telephone calls and e-mails and provide constituent casework assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any reason at by phone 512-463-0389 or 713-664-7095 and email firstname.lastname@example.org."