April 8, 2020 – 9:00am

We have been keeping you up to date with how you can help those in your community. Two of the pressing needs we still face are blood donors and delivery drivers to drop off food. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and CrowdSource Rescue are two major non-profits that are assisting those in our neighborhood. We have highlighted these issues before, and we would urge you if you are healthy and willing, to either donate blood or volunteer to be a delivery driver or dispatcher for those who are not able to leave their homes.

1) Gulf Coast Regional Blood CenterThose who are participating in blood drives are taking all precautions to ensure the safety of their donors, however, an appointment is required, In addition, you can find more information about this below and at GiveBlood.org. The Blood Center is encouraging social distancing and they are asking all donors to please make an appointment to prevent overcrowding. 

2) CrowdSource RescueThe CDC has identified older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions as being at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Many of our neighbors who are at risk are unable to leave their homes for fear of contracting COVID-19. Crowdsource Rescue (CSR) played a critical role during Harvey by helping match flood victims in need of rescue to rescuers willing and able to help. They have stepped up during the current COVID-19 crisis to help direct volunteers who are willing and able to deliver food and basic supplies to homebound at-risk neighbors who need it the most. 

They need volunteers who are willing to pick up food and supplies from a Food Bank and deliver it to those in need. The need is critical now and is likely to increase in the weeks ahead. CSR has incorporated social distancing into their model to keep volunteers and clients as safe as possible. Volunteers drop off the food at the client’s doorstep and do not enter the home.

Up for a bigger challenge? CSR also has a need for dispatchers who take on the task of coordinating drivers, clients and food distribution.

Serving with CSR is one way that the faith community to care for our neighbors in need. 

Below, we have attached a link for CSR and the Blood Center. Please consider if this is the right opportunity for you to serve in the current crisis.

https://crowdsourcerescue.com/campaigns/home/190?scope_campaigns=190

http://www.giveblood.org/where-to-donate/neighborhood-donor-centers/katy/

We invite you to share with us any other ways that you have seen for the faith community to be a light to our neighbors. So if there is a food drive for a local food bank or if your congregation is sponsoring a blood drive or if there is any other need you’d like us to share, please let us know.

April 3, 2020  9:00am

The White House is urging Americans to wear cloth face coverings.   

This is in addition to keeping your social distance of a minimum of 6 feet as well as staying home and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was careful to caution that any recommendation on masks must be “additive” and not a substitute for existing social distancing guidelines. Birx said people often feel “an artificial sense of protection because they are behind a mask.”

Unless you are a health care worker or a first responder, you DO NOT need an N95 mask. 

The advisory, officials say, is aimed at reducing the risk of spread by people who are infected but are not showing symptoms.

“Wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute for staying home and regularly washing our hands,” the duo said in a joint statement Thursday. “By wearing a cloth mask when in public, we will limit transmission of the virus. Put simply, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

Tutorial on making a mask:

JoAnn Fabric Guide

or

DIY without a sewing machine

March 31, 2020 12:30 pm

Governor Abbott has officially closed all public schools until May 4, 2020. May the 4th be with us!

March 25, 2020  –  6:30pm

Local agencies and non-profits are working in the community with churches, community leaders and other organizations to help fill gaps caused by COVID-19.

Please take the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey, send it to your friends and family in the area and share the link:  GulfCoastCovidSurvey.org

The information you provide will be used to help local non-profits understand the economic and social needs of households affected by Coronavirus‌ ‌|‌ ‌COVID-19‌. 

TAKE THE SURVEY: GulfCoastCovidSurvey.org

Note: This survey is not for medical help. If you or someone you know is sick, please call your doctor or primary health care provider and your local public health department.

#covidimpactsurvey #houstoncovidresponse #bringinghopefasterthanCOVID19 #strongertogether


Stay at Home Order issued effective midnight 3/25/2020

What is a Stay at Home Order?

Harris County and Galveston County have both issued stay-at-home orders effective today (3/24) until April 3. It is expected that many more counties in the Greater Houston area will follow suit.

This action orders the following:

  • Remain at your 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.
  • 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
  • If someone tests positive for coronavirus, the whole household must quarantine for 14 days
  • Nursing homes, retirement communities and long-term care facilities are to prohibit non-essential visitors

According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidelines, there are 16 sectors considered essential that can stay open:

  • Communications
  • Chemical
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Financial
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Government Facilities
  • Healthcare & Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water

Under the order, grocery stores will stay open.

Parks will remain open, but no playgrounds, benches, exercise equipment or basketball courts may be used. People who enjoy the outdoor spaces must maintain social distancing.

Restaurants can continue providing takeout and drive-thru service, but must maintain social distancing between customers as well.

Day cares who provide care for employees of essential businesses can remain open.

Religious and worship services are to be streamed online only, but one-on-one counseling between leaders and parishioners is allowed in an effort to help with mental health.


Senior Support Line – What is it?

The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line is a new delivery program designed to offer a safer shopping solution for seniors across Texas.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, H-E-B and Favor are working together to provide a simple, affordable solution that offers contactless delivery of essential food and supplies to seniors where they are safest—at home.

Who is it for?

The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line is available to seniors aged 60 and older in select Favor markets across Texas.

How does it work?

Starting Friday, March 20, seniors will be able to place orders from a curated list of grocery essentials via a dedicated Senior Support phone line, the Favor app, or favordelivery.com.

The Senior Support Line will be staffed with volunteers to accept and process orders over the phone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., seven days a week. To access the Senior Support Line, call 1-833-397-0080.

Once an order has been placed, a Favor Runner will personally shop for the items at H-E-B and deliver them within a few hours. To promote social distancing and limit exposure, all Favors will be dropped off at the customer’s doorstep.

Are there any restrictions?

Seniors will be able to select items from a curated list of generic products (such as milk, eggs, and bread), as well as add custom items to their order. There is currently a 25-item limit per order. In addition, substitutions may be offered based on product availability.

How much does it cost?

To keep this service affordable for those most in need, H-E-B and Favor will waive all delivery and service fees for the first 30 days of the program. Instead, all orders will include a $10 tip, which goes entirely to the Favor Runner, who will personally shop and deliver the items.

When and where will this program be available?

The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Line will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, starting Friday, March 20. The program is currently available to seniors who live within eight miles of an H-E-B in select Favor markets.

Update on Preparations for COVID-19 Testing Sites 

Last updated March 18, 2020   10:30 pm

As testing kits become available, Harris and Fort Bend Counties are preparing places for first responders, hospital personnel, and other people who are symptomatic or exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 result to be tested.

In Katy, there will be a drive-thru testing site.  However local officials are waiting on the gear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s office.

The county and city have planned at least two sites in Katy and the surrounding area.

City and county officials previously have said they hoped to get those sites running by the end of the week, but the continuing delay in the FEMA shipment has made it less clear that they will meet that goal.

Officials took to social media Wednesday, asking residents not to show up at those sites yet and emphasized that they only will serve people who have been through a screening process.

Right now, if you are showing symptoms, stay home and call your doctors office. 

More information is available at:   

Remember, together we are Katy strong!

#spreadinghope   #communityovercompetition   #strongertogether

March 18, 2020  2:00pm

Katy Responds COVID-19 Update

Fort Bend County has followed Harris County in ordering all restaurants and other establishments that serve food be limited to takeout, delivery and drive-thru options effective today.  This order is in effective until at least March 31.

Distance socially, dine locally!

Please continue to support these establishments.  Call your favorite restaurant and place a to-go order.  Drive-thru’s are still open, and many, like Chick-fil-a, have perfected the flow to reduce wait time.  Remember to be patient.  A smile goes a long way as we are all figuring out our temporary new schedules and work routines.

The City of Katy and surrounding areas have also limited or closed many of their city and county buildings and playgrounds.  Walking trails are still open, but please keep your distance.

Currently, per CDC guidelines, all gathering should be limited to no more than 10 people with reasonable proximity.

The best way to continue to spread hope faster than COVID-19 is to know that decisions are being made for the health and well being of our entire community.  While we all may feel a bit stir crazy we are navigating together through time unparalleled for over a century.  This unprecedented time calls for unprecedented calls to action in a global world more closely connected than we often realize.  Updated information will become available as we are notified. 

Everyone has a role to play.  Together we are Katy strong!

Fort Bend Updates:  https://www.fbchealth.org/orders-impacting-restaurants-other-establishments-and-extending-disaster-declaration-by-the-county-judge-of-fort-bend-county/ 

Harris County:  https://www.readyharris.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/All-News-Releases/news-release-harris-county-judge-covid-19-regulations   

CDC updates: www.cdc.gov