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COVID-19 Resources

Child Care for Front Line Workers

Update March 31, 2020
Gov. Abbott issued a news release today announcing new processes to preserve and extend child care capacity for frontline workers by waiving certain Texas Workforce Commission regulations. THA continues to work with HHSC on ways to extend child care options.

Federal Funding

Update March 31, 2020
The U.S. House today passed and the President signed the third COVID-19 stimulus package -- the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, worth $2 trillion. The bill includes an estimated $117 billion in new funding for hospitals and health systems. Read AHA's summary for the key provisions.

Policy Brief - US Nursing Leadership

Updated March 30, 2020
The following message from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing was shared with Boards of Nursing late last week.

“Mindful of safety, state emergency response provisions and existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, the proposed model recommends that nursing students be employed by the facility on a full- or part-time basis, that they work in the role of a student nurse for compensation and -- in conjunction with the student’s nursing education program -- that they receive academic credit toward meeting clinical requirements.

COVID-19 represents an unparalleled moment in time for nursing students to assist the nation in a time of crisis and learn the principles of population health and emergency management. This academic-practice model demonstrates that even in crisis, continuous innovation can occur.”

THA Staff Communication Resource

Updated March 27, 2020

THA offers the following communication strategies hospital leaders can use to ensure effective communication with hospital staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.

CDC Testing Prioritization Guidance

The CDC posted new guidance about testing that lays out four levels of prioritization, with priority one being hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care workers.

Texas hospitals are strongly encouraged to adhere to TMB’s guidance, postponing all non-urgent elective surgeries and procedures in inpatient and outpatient settings to help preserve PPE, limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect our health care workers.

DSHS Accelerates Case Reporting

DSHS announced it is updating its method of reporting COVID-19 cases in Texas. The count will now be in a dashboard format and will include all cases reported publicly by local health departments around the state. With the change, Texas is now reporting 715 cases of COVID-19.

Nursing Workforce Waivers

Gov. Abbott today waived several regulations to expand Texas’ nursing workforce, including:

  • Allowing temporary permit extensions to practice for graduate nurses and graduate vocational nurses who have yet to take the licensing exam.
  • Allowing students in their final year of nursing school to meet their clinical objectives by exceeding the 50% limit on simulated experiences.
  • Allowing nurses with inactive licenses or retired nurses to reactivate their licenses.

University of Washington Medicine COVID-19 Resources