The de la Garza Law Group COVID-19 Resource Page
The COVID-19 crisis has affected nearly every aspect of life since it started spreading in the United States. Over the course of only a couple months, Texans have had to quickly adjust to many new changes in spite of incredible anxiety and uncertainty.
At The de la Garza Law Group, we understand how stressful this time has been. We are dedicated to the safety and health of our staff, families and communities and want to help in any way possible. As such, we have compiled a resource guide for Harris County residents who may be looking for resources to support through this trying time.
General COVID-19 Information
COVID-19, also known generally as the coronavirus, is a new type of coronavirus that is easily transmissible and potentially serious. It causes a range of symptoms, some who get it show no symptoms (but are still able to spread the virus to others) while some end up hospitalized and some die. Because this is a new illness, disease data is always changing.
National information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available at:
- Coronavirus Information from the CDC
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Coronavirus Information from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services
Data on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Harris County, Texas is available here: Harris County Department of Health. This information is updated regularly to reflect current information.
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 seems to be spreading very easily between people, even those who do not feel ill are potentially contagious. COVID-19 transmits mainly through close contact with infected individuals. The respiratory droplets of people carrying the coronavirus are spread to others through coughs and sneezes. The virus can live on surfaces too.
See more here: How COVID-19 Spreads
Protecting Yourself and Your Family
The CDC recommends taking a few basic measures to protect yourself and others from infection:
- Practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible, avoiding groups of people and staying at least six feet away from people when in public
- Wear a face mask when outside the home, a homemade fabric face covering will offer some protection to people around you and possibly keep you from touching your face
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently
- Stay home if feeling sick
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
Although most who contract COVID-19 can recover at home, some individuals are at higher risk of having a severe case of COVID-19. These include:
- Those age 65 or older
- Those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes
- Those who are immunocompromised
- Pregnant women
- People prone to respiratory conditions like asthma
Members of high-risk groups should be extra vigilant about preventing infection.
What to Do If You Feel Sick
If you are feeling ill, it is important to stay home and monitor your symptoms. Fever, cough and shortness of breath are classic symptoms of COVID-19. Many people will be able to recover from coronavirus at home without medical intervention, but some will have serious complications. Seek immediate medical attention if you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, lethargy or blueish lips and face.
Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, always call your provider before going in to the hospital or other care facility.
Take the Houston and Harris County Public Health self-assessment tool to see if you qualify for testing
DSHS Approved Drive-Thru Testing Locations
Stay Home, Work Safe Order
Harris County, Texas is under a Stay Home, Work Safe Order in accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order. All nonessential businesses have been ordered to close and residents have been asked to leave their homes only for essential activities. Details of this order, including a list of essential businesses and services and approved reasons for going out can be found here.
Following this order is critical to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Violations of the provisions of the order are punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail. To report non-essential entities violating current public health orders, residents can call 832-839-6941 or file online.
This order has caused some confusion among businesses and forced many to close despite their desire to stay open. There are financial and supportive resources available for small businesses, employers and for employees who have been laid off due to COVID-19 closures.
- Information regarding paid leave
- Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities
- Best Preparation Practices for Employers
- Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Charging an exorbitant price for fuel, food, medicine, or other necessities is illegal price gouging. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has the authority to file civil actions to stop these kinds of activities. If you feel that you are being unfairly charged for necessary goods or services such as medicine, fuel, food, or, lodging, raise the issue of price gouging with the provider. Speak to them respectfully but be frank. If you are unable to resolve the matter, please contact the office of the Harris County Attorney at ConsumerHelp@cao.hctx.net.
Information on Consumer Complaints during COVID-19 from Harris County
The swift and extreme disruption of routine has been a tough adjustment for families everywhere. Schools have closed and kids are now learning at home. Millions are out of work across the country while others now face considerable risk by going to work that has been deemed essential. For information on dealing with these changes and tips for preparation and prevention see CDC Community and School Resources.
Mental health is as important as physical health and the coronavirus pandemic has understandably caused many people high levels of stress and anxiety. To protect your emotional wellbeing, try to:
- Practice healthy habits, such as well-balanced meals, adequate sleep and exercise
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
- Take breaks from stressful news coverage and other forms of media that can be upsetting, such as social media and television
- Connect with loved ones while still observing social distancing
- Relax and take time to enjoy hobby activities
- Reach out for help if you are struggling, many services are offering telehealth or phone options for those who are in crisis or need mental health care
Harris County Mental Health Resources
Financial Resources and Assistance
Relief legislation has been passed that addresses the financial hardships many are experiencing while being out of work.
Student debt and federal loans will automatically be placed in administrative forbearance, meaning no payments will be required until September 30, 2020. COVID-19 Student Loan Information
Contact Student Loan Servicers
Texas Courts Information
Court operations have been disrupted by coronavirus closures. Some services have been moved to an online format.
How You Can Help
The best way to help is to follow social distancing guidelines and other recommendations to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you still feel led to volunteer, there are many opportunities to help.
Harris County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for volunteers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. MRC is specifically looking for the following individuals:
- Epidemiological Investigators need volunteers to assist with investigations and intake assistants to help register cases into internal reporting system. Qualified volunteers can include 2nd year MPH students, NP’s, RN, PA’s, or other healthcare professionals.
- Medical Professionals to assist at our Specimen Collection sites (Collecting patient samples) including Nurses, Physicians, Paramedics, Medical assistants
Join MRC and check Harris County MRC (if medical professional please fill out occupation page fully) here. If interested in volunteering please reach out to Angelina Fontenot at MRC@phs.hctx.net
If you are a resident or a non-profit organization looking to support the regional response to COVID-19 visit Volunteer Houston for information on how you can help.
HERE FOR CLIENTS
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Mr. Mario de la Garza and his team are one of a kind and hands down the best law firm in Houston. They really do care about you and take your case seriously. He takes your calls and actually takes the time to talk to you and explain how everything is going to work and he leaves no questions unanswered. I also want to say his team is the best! Lidia thank you so much for always replying to all my emails, calls and messages. All though I know I was a pain at times, she was always so responsive, patient and would always return my calls when she said she would. – Christina L.
I was fortunate to have him on my team and recommend him highly.
Mario de la Garza is a good lawyer. He secured insurance reimbursement for a personal injury that has taken 2.5 years settle. He was compassionate and patient and provided good counsel when solutions appeared non- existent. He was tenacious with medical providers, coordinated payments on a timely basis and worked well with insurance companies. I was fortunate to have him on my team and recommend him highly. - HP
My experience with The de la Garza Law Group was phenomenal.
Me being a 21 year old juggling my time as a full time employee and a full time college student dealing with a car accident sounded terrifying, but with the help of Mr. Mario de la Garza all my worries went away. He made the process so easy and met every one of my expectations and more. I would highly recommend The de la Garza Law group to anybody especially young adults who are terrified of having to deal with a car accident for the first time. Trust and believe The de la Garza Law Group will not disappoint. - Stefanie G.
Mario fought for every single penny in my case.
I was in a 18 wheeler car accident late August 2019. And as soon I got out the hospital, I looked up a good Injury attorney law firm to help me with this case. And the De la Garza law firm was the first one to pop up. They took care of me throughout the nine months. They have a great staff. With great people. I give them 5/5 stars. Mario fought for every single penny in my case. You got to respect a lawyer that’s willing to go beyond for you. I highly recommend De la Garza’s law firm. Thank you guys. - JW
I would definitely use Mario again.
The one thing that made me at ease with him was that when I would text him, I would get a response every time within 10 minutes or less. There was always an answer from him every time I had a question. He was always on time or a few minutes early when we had to meet up for things pertaining to my case. He would even work & reach out to me about my case on Saturdays & Sundays (7 days a week). I would definitely use Mario again if needed and would highly recommend him to someone else needing an attorney. - Robert C.
We are extremely grateful to The de la Garza Law Group
Our case pertained to an auto-pedestrian collision involving a commercial vehicle that resulted in catastrophic injuries to my brother. Unfortunately, and ultimately these injuries resulted in his wrongful death due to this hit and run in the Houston area. On behalf of my family, we are extremely grateful to The de la Garza Law Group for all their legal assistance. Mario de la Garza personally assisted in all legal matters pertaining to/and getting settlements for all medical bills and restitution for the family until the matter was concluded. We highly recommend this firm.
– Mariann B.
His team is very professional and I would highly recommend to anyone.
My experience with Mr. De la Garza was very pleasing during a difficult time. My case was a workplace injury causing serious injuries that unfortunately lead to a wrongful death. He was very patient with all of us due to several families being involved in this case and worked well with us all. I am glad he didn’t turn down our case (like others did). I was very pleased with how everything was handled in this case and the outcome as well. His team is very professional, and I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you, Mr. de la Garza and team. – Lisa L.
I fully recommend The de la Garza Law Group for any legal representation.
Attorney Mario de la Garza, who is fluent in English and Spanish, is very professional and passionate about his work. My daughter and I are very satisfied with the outcome. At The de la Garza Group you will find a friendly and communicative staff, which along with the attorney, will handle your legal case with a very positive and professional demeanor. - Desiree D.
Thank you for your help.
My experience with De la Garza law group was a very long pleasant experience it was a little difficult to keep up with it since this was my 1st experience with an attorney, but he did really great to keep in touch even though I have a very busy schedule with work and hard to reach and was very informative before, and during the whole process. Thank you, Mr. de la Garza for your help. – Denise G.
It’s like a breath of fresh air having someone like Mario fight for you.
I have been a client of Mr. De la Garza two times now where he shows professionalism and honesty and a definite care for the people he represents. I got in a car accident in February and it caused such a hardship coming close to an end. It’s like a breath of fresh air having someone like Mario not only represent you but fight for you. I hope not to have any more accidents but if I did I will look forward to working with him again! – Ashley V.