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  • Writer's pictureDr. Greg Bonnen

COVID-19 Resources

Testing Centers:

Galveston County Health Distrcit Testing Center:

Testing will be available in Galveston Thursday-Saturday by appointment only at Fire Station No. 5, 5728 Ball St. To make an appointment in Galveston, please call 409.978.4080.

Testing will continue to be available by appointment only in Texas City at the Galveston County Health District, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. To make an appointment in Texas City, please call 409.978.4040.

Addtionally, there are also a number of urgent cares, emergency rooms, etc. that are testing. It is important that you call first so they can evaluate your risk and determine if they need to see you in person so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.

Free coronavirus testing sites:

Private, for-pay testing sites:

Texas COVID-19 Testing Site Map:

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS):

Browse this site for what to do if you're sick, testing information, symptoms, and prevention tips to help DSHS share facts

Texas Case Count Dashboard:

Small Buisnees Assitance:

Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance

Food Assistance:

TEA Meal Finder at

Rent / Housing Assistance:

Work Assistance:

Texas Workforce Commission, COVID-19

The TexasWorkforce has compiled all resources available to employers and job seekers on COVID-19 related resource pages. Additional resources page for the unemployed here.

Information for COVID-19 Employers, Jobseekers and Child Care, FAQ

Texas Job Search Sites:

Other Job Search Sites:

Simply Hired

Current Texas Companies that are hiring:






Dollar General

Dollar Tree

Family Dollar






Tom Thumb/Albertsons


Sam’s Club,brand,type,rate&jobCareerArea=all







Pizza Hut


Papa John’s


AHI Facility Services, Inc.

BrightSpring Health Services

Frito Lay

Keurig Dr Pepper


Phone/Internet Providers:


Comcast has opened free Xfinity wifi hotspots nationwide during this national emergency for the next 60 days. Anyone, not just Comcast customers, will be able to access the Internet via these hotspots.

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser. See HotSpot Locations


For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to the inability to pay.

They will also do the following:

·Waive late payment fees.

·Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.

The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited-income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.


The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

·Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19

·Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools


Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up its network to their customers and:

·Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues

·Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic

·By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.

·By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost

·Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.

Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.


The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.

·All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.

·T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.

·Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months

·Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant

School Resources:

Clear Creek ISD

Current School Closing – May 4th


Children’s Food

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Clear Creek ISD will be offering free lunch and breakfast pick up for multiple days at a time. Monday’s pickup will include lunch and breakfast through Thursday morning. Thursday’s pickup will include lunch and breakfast through Saturday breakfast. This will be for drive-through or walk-up only between 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at select schools. Students can pick up meals without an adult present.

Dickinson ISD

Current School Closing – May 4th


Children’s Food

The Dickinson ISD Food & Nutrition Services Department will be providing meals for all DISD students who qualify for the federal meal program beginning Monday, March 16. A packaged lunch and a breakfast meal for the next morning will be available for each student. Parents and students may drive-thru and pick up the meals March 16-20 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Food & Nutrition staff will have the meals set up in the drop-off/parking area on the Owens Drive side of Dickinson High School. School Resource Officers will be providing traffic directions in this area during pick up.

Remote Learning

Each Friday a document will be posted for Pre-K through 8th grade for parents and students to access. This document will outline the TEKS and resources to be used for the following week’s learning. Direct communication will be provided to high school students by their teachers. Along with this, teachers will regularly update their web pages with specific instructions and activities, and teachers will be in contact with students for support with activities and assignments. Each campus has a plan for the distribution of paper instructional supports and if you have not already heard from your campus principal or teachers, you should be hearing from them soon. Parents of students receiving special services will be receiving a letter from the Executive Director explaining the Special Services Instructional Support Plan.

Friendswood ISD

Current School Closing – May 4th


Children’s Food

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: FISD will continue to feed all free and reduced students lunches each day at Bales. Meals are served 10:30 – 12:30 Monday-Friday through Friday for the remainder of the COVID-19 closure. Applications to apply for the free/reduced program are available at and in the meal line at Bales. Completed applications should be returned to FISD Food Service staff in the meal line at Bales during serving hours.

Community meals for those in need: Friendswood Rotary, The City of Friendswood and Friendswood Youth Baseball Organization will be serving meals for Senior Citizens and families in need.

Hitchcock ISD

Current School Closing – May 4th


Children’s Food

Hitchcock ISD has designated 8 meal pickup locations for any school age person to receive free meals. Unfortunately we cannot cover the entire district so we tried to pick locations that would provide the most coverage. We will have a bus parked at the following locations for meal pickup from 10:30am to 11:30am for lunch and again at 2:30 to 3:30 for a second meal. This will occur Monday through Friday of next week.

1) KFHS parking lot

2) Crosby Middle School – you will pick up from the cafeteria

3) Bent Oaks Apartments

4) The Life at Emerald Oaks

5) The Village Apartments

6) Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

7) Joe Moore Park

8) The corner of Heron & Highland Dr.

Remote Learning:

In response to the recent news of the COVID-19 virus, the district and campuses have developed an alternative instructional plan for students while at home during the coming days.

Online learning and instructional time will begin on Monday, March 23rd. Assignments for students will be updated weekly and will be used for attendance and grading purposes according to the Hitchcock ISD grading policy. Students who receive accommodations or modifications through Special Education, 504 or ESL will receive differentiated assignments as appropriate.


Each Monday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm parents must pick up assignments from campus that students will work on at home.

Hitchcock Primary

Paper distribution for weekly lessons for Pre-K through 2nd grade will occur Mondays from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Families will drive through the car rider line to receive student work during this designated time. Students will also receive leveled readers to continue to practice comprehension and fluency skills at home. Online websites will be provided for student access as well. Leveled readers will be returned each Monday along with your student’s completed assignments. Hitchcock Primary families will continue to receive communication through Class Dojo or email.

Stewart Elementary

Instruction for 3rd-5th grade will primarily occur online in the Google Classroom format. However, if your child does not have access to technology the required pickup time for assignments will be each Monday from 11:00 to 2:00 pm. Expect your child to receive an instructional video weekly from their teacher that will continue to encourage practice with grade level TEKS. Students will utilize the websites Study Island or I-Station for guided practice. Stewart Elementary families will continue to receive communication through Class Dojo.

Crosby Middle & Hitchcock High School

Instruction for 6-12th grade will occur online in the Google Classroom format. However, if your student attends Crosby Middle and does not have technology access please come to campus on Mondays from 11:00-2:00 pm to receive paper packets. Expect your child to receive weekly assignments from their teacher that they will need to complete. Completed assignments are required for grading and attendance.

Chromebooks will be available to check out to high school students on Monday, March 23rd from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the campus if needed.

Hitchcock ISD has established additional learning resources on the districts homepage which can be accessed with the following link:

Santa Fe ISD

Current School Closing – May 4th


Children’s Food

Due to the high volume of interest in the Federal Meal Program home deliveries, meals will be delivered over 4 days to different delivery areas. Each household will have one delivery day per week where 5 breakfast and 5 lunch will be provided. The deliveries will start Monday, March 30th.

An automated call-out message will be sent out at 2 pm on Friday, March 27th to give each household the day of meal delivery. Monday's curbside pick-up at Barnett Elementary will provide enough meals until your delivery day.

Meals will need to be refrigerated promptly upon receipt. Home deliveries will be between 11-12:30 pm.

If you need assistance, please call 409-925-9070 to find out your delivery day, or you can email

Texas City ISD

Current School Closing – May 4th


Children’s Food

Texas City ISD Nutrition Services will be providing meals to TCISD students through a Curbside Pickup on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Texas City High School and La Marque High School. Each child in the car up to 18 years old will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for the week. Please note that the child must be in the car in order to receive the meals. Please note to help eliminate exposure, the walk-up location at College of the Mainland has been closed.


Galveston County

(409) 762-8621

On March 24, 2020, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, in agreement with the city mayors in Galveston County and at the recommendation of Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr. Philip Keiser, issued a Stay at Home Order for Galveston County. The order is effective March 24 at 11:59 p.m.- April 3 at 11:59 p.m. This action orders the following:

  • All individuals currently living within Galveston County to remain at their 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 located within Galveston County

  • 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 anywhere in Galveston County

  • If someone in a household tests positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home for 14 days, unless otherwise directed by the Local Health Authority

  • Nursing homes, retirement communities, and long-term care facilities are to prohibit non-essential visitors

  • Tolls are waived at the San Luis Pass toll booth

A list of essential activities and essential businesses can be found by visiting Read the full text of the declaration

On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.” Read the full text of the declaration.

Other Government Resources:

Brazoria County: Fort Bend County: Harris County: Houston Health Department:

Cares Act Overivew for Local Government:


Bayou Vista


Clear Lake Shores







(409) 986-5591



League City


Santa Fe

(409) 925-6412

Texas City

(409) 948-3111

Tiki Island


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