News on COVID-19 from Joe Drago

Stay Informed

Our campaign is fully committed to meeting the needs of our community during this public health emergency.  For the duration of the public health emergency, we are sending out a weekly newsletter with highlighted resources and current events. Please sign up here: Receive campaign updates

We urge residents of District 96 and Tarrant County to stay home, wear masks or similar clothing when getting essential supplies, and reach out safely to family and friends in order to flatten the curve.

Up-to-date resource links:

Tarrant County COVID-19 information

State Senator Beverly Powell compiled resources

COVID-19 data pack

Resources & Information

Unemployment Information

According to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), if your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631. 

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Federal Relief Resources

The CARES Act provides $1,200 in cash payment to individuals, $2,400 for married couples, plus $500 per child. The full payment is available for individuals making up to $75,000 and $150,000 for married couples.

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Public Health Resources

Testing is available for those with insurance and those without. If you believe you may have been infected with COVID-19, please contact a health provider for testing information and next steps. Specific Tarrant County COVID-19 resources can be found here.

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Mortgage and Rent

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage should, start by contacting their loan servicer. Additional resources are available at the FDIC Foreclosure Prevention page. The Texas Apartment Association has put together resources for renters impacted by COVID-19.

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Community Resources

Many local non-profit organizations are providing food and clothing for those who need extra support right now.

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Resources and placements are available for essential workers who need access to childcare while they work.

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