COVID-19 Resources

Galveston County developed a COVID-19 related resource list. Please see below for organizations prepared to help as of April 2, 2020. 

For Questions & Testing Information
Galveston County Health District (GCHD)
Phone: 409-938-7221, Option #1
Website: www.gchd.org/coronavirus

Hospitals and Healthcare
UTMB 24/7 Access Line
Phone: 800-917-8906
Website: www.utmbhealth.com

Memorial Hermann
Phone: 713-222-2273
Website: www.memorialhermann.org

General Information
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Phone: 800-232-4636
Website: www.coronavirus.gov

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Website: www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus

Mental Health and Social Services
Gulf Coast Wellness Center (GCWC) Crisis Line
Phone: 866-729-3848
Website: www.gulfcoastcenter.org

Resources for Assistance
St. Vincent’s House
Phone: 409-763-8521
Website: www.stvhope.org

Galveston County Food Bank
Phone: 409-945-4232
Website: www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

Interfaith Ministries
Phone: 281-332-3881
Website: www.icmtx.org

Salvation Army
Phone: 409-763-1691
Website: www.salvationarmy.org

Catholic Charities
Phone: 409-762-2064
Website: www.catholiccharities.org

United Way of the Mainland
Phone: 409-948-4211
Website: www.uwgcm.org

Resources for Businesses
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Phone: 1-800-659-2955
Website: www.sba.gov/coronavirus

July 2, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

View the Governor’s Executive Order.

La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking Issues Mask Order effective Saturday, July 4, 2020

MASK ORDER is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020, unless extended, modified or terminated early by the City Council of the City of La Marque.

Executed Mask Order 7.2.2020

On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Mayor signed a proclamation stating in part that "all citizens will wear masks and social distance in public within the corporate limits of the City of La Marque." This includes in businesses, in parks, or on the street. If you are outside of your home or your vehicle, you need to wear a mask. It is the slightest of inconveniences in exchange for your safety, the safety of your family and the safety of our city. We still have masks available at city hall for our citizens. All you have to do is drive through the utility payment windows and show your ID with a La Marque address or a La Marque utility bill, and we will give you up to four per household.
 
Mask up, everyone!


Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas, Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols

The Governor’s April 27, 2020, press conference included a detailed report that helps Texans understand Phase One by outlining new protocols, guidance and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.  

Here are some topics that impact the citizens of La Marque. 

Governor Abbot’s report has additional resources, such as recommendations for movie theatres,  plans for COVID testing, and an explanation of Statewide Contact Tracing Program for Texas. See the full report: THE GOVERNORS REPORT TO OPEN TEXAS April 28 2020

On March 13, the Galveston County Health District announced its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case in a Galveston County resident. The City of La Marque will continue to publish updates as they become available. Please register for News Flash e-notifications and Connect CTY Emergency Alerts at connect.cityoflamarque.org and follow @cityoflamarque on social media.

The City of La Marque is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation.

COVID-19 Recovery for Businesses

La Marque Economic Development Corporation is gathering resources for our local business owners. Disaster resources for employees and employers are on the way. 

We are here for you and we mean business. Check our most current updates for COVID-19 business relief at COVIDbusinessrelief.cityoflamarque.org

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders In Accordance With Federal Guidelines To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19 In Texas

On March 19, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The following orders have been issued by Governor Abbott: 

  • Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
  • Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

 Read more.

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COVID Mask ORDER 2020
COVID Mask Proclamation
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Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks

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Implement limited re-use of facemasks.

  • The facemask should be removed and discarded if soiled, damaged, or hard to breathe through.
  • Not all facemasks can be re-used.
  • Facemasks that fasten to the provider via ties may not be able to be undone without tearing and should be considered only for extended use, rather than re-use.
  • Facemasks with elastic ear hooks may be more suitable for re-use.
  • Facemasks should be carefully folded so that the outer surface is held inward and against itself to reduce contact with the outer surface during storage. The folded mask can be stored between uses in a clean sealable paper bag or breathable container.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

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UTMB Health Resources:

UTMB Health has developed a website as a resource dedicated to sharing information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The site contains guidance for members of the communities served and employed by UTMB, including patients, students, our healthcare workforce and other employees. It also links to external sources for the latest information on this new disease threat. Please explore these pages to inform yourself, minimize risks and if needed, get care for COVID-19.