Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020
By The Numbers:
Statistics are current as of April 1, 2:00pm CT
- In Texas, 47,857 people have been tested, resulting in 3,997 cases and 58 deaths, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Tarrant County has at least 273 confirmed cases; Parker County has 4 confirmed cases; and Wise County has 3.
- In the United States, there are at least 186,101 cases and 3,603 deaths, as reported by the CDC.
- 74,427 cases are in New York - the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.
Need to Know:
- President Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30th. On Sunday, President Trump announced that all Americans must continue to avoid nonessential activities and travel to slow the spread of coronavirus, including eating at restaurants and bars or gathering in groups of more than 10 until April 30th. Remember to follow CDC guidelines, and if you must leave the house, maintain at least a distance of 6 feet from others.
- Social Security recipients will receive a coronavirus stimulus check. My office has heard from many Social Security recipients wondering if they’re eligible to collect the one-time payments made available through the CARES Act, which is the third phase of Congress’ response to the coronavirus and includes direct payments to Americans to help lessen the impact of the coronavirus. The answer is yes - Social Security recipients are not excluded from receiving a stimulus payment. Please refer to IRS.gov/coronavirus for more details and important updates
- Small business are the back-bone of our community, and the CARES Act makes sure to support our job creators. The bill provides important resources to small- and mid-sized businesses across the country by creating the Paycheck Protection Program. This program provides federally guaranteed loans from the Small Business Administration to businesses that maintain their employee payroll during coronavirus. See here for a comprehensive “Frequently Asked Question” on the program.