HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the launch of a food assistance program for people with disabilities during his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday.
Turner talked about food insecurity for those who are vulnerable and cannot reach food distribution facilities.
The city of Houston partnered with Walmart, Sam’s Club, Houston Food Bank and Houston METRO for the program. Officials said Walmart and Sam’s Club donated $ 30,000 for food distribution.
Officials with the Houston Food Bank said the non-profit organization collected 150% of its distribution and said they were grateful for the support of local partners.
The program aims to deliver goods that stabilize shelves, fresh produce, and some basic housing needs for people with disabilities who have difficulty securing these items as a result of COVID-19 public health emergencies.
Turner said those who need help can fill out an online form or call 832-394-0814 to be placed on the list to receive goods and food that isn’t perishable. He said all distributions will be available Friday.
COVID 0-19 number of cases in Houston
As of Tuesday, Turner said there were 20 new cases, which he said were the lowest reports for a week since the city’s first reporting. Turner also reported no deaths, which he said was the first time since reporting deaths, which usually averaged one to three people every day. He said it looks like an increase in COVID-19 tests, social distance and staying at home serve to help reduce the number of cases.
Officials say face covering is still important because people cannot infect others as easily as before.
Turner said figures at the hospital showed more people were laid off than received. He also mentioned how face covering is still important this month.
“Face mask is important. “I think they are a large number of people who have no symptoms and can still infect others,” Turner said.
Reform of the Houston Police Department
HPD Chief Art Acevedo said 73 members of the department were in quarantine, 45 uniforms and 28 civilians. Acevedo said 41 officers had tested positive, but 24 of the officers had recovered and returned to work.
Acevedo gave the latest information about officers being hospitalized due to serious complications from coronavirus. He said officers had recovered but were still using a ventilator. Acevedo said the officer’s wife told him that he was grateful for all prayers.
Acevedo said minor crimes were occurring. He said building robberies were still up 28% and calls for domestic violence were still high. He made sure that if the population needed help, to call the department for help.
Retail to go and command the governor to reopen Texas
Turner said he had no problems with the retail business curbside service but did not know how the mall would operate in that order. He said he was interested in hearing the governor conduct a state test, which would help determine where the virus was located to see if the city had even reached its peak.
“You fly blind, you don’t know where you are going. You don’t know where the virus is,” Turner said.
Turner said he was concerned that local and state government officials were not on the same page when it came to the status of how the state would go about reopening places and the conflict of trust from residents.
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