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Collin County COVID-19 Resource List

 

INTRODUCTION (please read!): Hello! Our names are Eminut Gurmessa and Jayden Galloway and we are student leaders of Texas Rising. We have created a resource list that residents of Collin county may use in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is important that everyone across Collin county is being cared for during times like these. Listed below will be places and resources that will be available for everyone who is seeking any sort of assistance.

This document is going to focus on local need resources that people can access in Collin County (i.e. food, childcare). If you want to find out more about general resources and information on COVID-19 itself, please check out this other resource document: tiny.cc/beatCOVID-19. To submit additional resources, feel free to shoot our twitter page @texasrisingunt on Twitter.

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How serious is Coronavirus in Collin County?

As of March 28, there are 128 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Collin county. As the numbers continue to rise, Collin county health officials are urging residents to follow the Shelter-in-Place order and stay home at all costs.

Collin County officials have released a pandemic influenza response plan, which you can read here, which shows that they are working rapidly to address the issue.

Where can I get updates on the outbreak?

Collin County Health Services update - lists the number of cases in the county and the demographics of the area, race, gender, etc of the person.

You can also read the public guidance novel for COVID-19 here to find out more about symptoms, how to reduce risk of exposure, and what to do if you think you may have the virus.

List of the Collin County cities coronavirus updates

Plano Coronavirus updates 

Wylie Coronavirus updates

Allen Coronavirus updates 

McKinney Coronavirus updates 

Murphy Coronavirus updates 

Anna Coronavirus updates

Princeton Coronavirus updates

Blue Ridge Coronavirus updates

** All other cities can find updates on Collin County Coronavirus updates

Getting the Facts

        Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center: This website is a resource to help

advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers

in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

        Johns Hopkins Public Health On Call Podcast: Evidence and experts to help you

understand today’s COVID-19 news  - and what it means for tomorrow.

Center for Disease Control 

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Texas is urging everyone that only people who have the symptoms of coronavirus to get tested as there is a cap of how many people can be tested in a day.

Clinics providing free or affordable health services

Farmersville Family Medical Center - must provide proof of income to determine whether you are eligible for free services.

Plano Clinic- Primary Care Clinic of North Texas -  eligible for any uninsured adult or child over the age of 12 without regard to income or county of residence

Collin County Adult Clinic - open to medicare and medicaid patients who live in the Collin County area

Collin County food pantries and community resources

Salvation Army Ridgewood Citadel Pantry 

Gods Food Pantry- Plano, TX

The Bridge Connection Food Pantry- Wylie, TX

Allen Community Outreach- Allen, TX

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church- McKinney, TX

Four Corners Outreach Alliance- Blue Ridge, Texas

Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (972) 596-0253 for more information.

North Texas Food Bank in Plano can help those who are food insecure. Call (214) 330-1396 for assistance.

For more food resources/pantries in North East Texas please check out this list.

For a more complete list of community resources for crises please check here.

List of places offering financial assistance

During this time, there have been plenty of people who have been laid off and can find it hard to pay their bills. Places below have been listed to offer assistance to those who need it.

Emergency Rental Assistance- Assistance of Collin County, Community Lifeline, and Salvation Army are all offering tenant-based rental assistance.

Affordable Rental Units- using this search engine will allow you to enter a city, county and zip code and can list vacant apartments designated for low-income families

Assistance Center of Collin County - can provide listed financial assistance with rent or utilities to individuals and families experiencing a financial crisis who reside within Collin County.

For a complete directory of service providers serving Collin County with the

Grants for utility bills - The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Funds will often provide funds if you need help with paying your energy bills. Contact the local Community action agency at (903) 872-2401.

Allen Community Outreach - administers free services and several assistance programs to help families facing a short term hardship or in times of emergency. The types of assistance they can provide is extensive, including money to pay rent and utility bills, free food, clothing and more. Contact the outreach program at (972) 727-9131. You can also volunteer!

Concerned about falling behind on your loan payments or being evicted due to coronavirus? “USDA Rural Development has placed a foreclosure and eviction moratorium on all USDA Single Family Housing Direct (SFHD) and Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loans (SFHG) loans for 60 days effective 3/19/2020.”

How can I help?

  • Make sure to practice self-quarantining and to stay at home to reduce risk of exposure.
  • Mutual aid contact sheet - These “help one another” cards can be filled out and given to people who are immunocompromised with the contact information of someone who will run errands for them.
  • Meals on Wheels - Follow this link to either volunteer and/or donate food items. Here you can read about MOW’s coronavirus updates, and at the bottom of the page is a list of acceptable items you may donate.
  • Donate blood or plasma in Collin county at facilities such as Carter BloodCare, North Texas American Cross, and the Collin County Justice Center. Centers are currently in desperate need of blood donations since they’ve had to cancel blood drives.
  • Volunteer or donate to the food pantries listed above.

Resources for Wellbeing

Yanawana Herbolarios: Yanawana Herbolarios is taking orders through an online intake form. Individuals unable to pick up formulas due to injury, chronic disease, disability or age and do not have an individual that can pick up for them can request delivery. Individuals experiencing homelessness can request delivery. Other individuals must pick up formulas ( a surrogate may pick up).

http://yhresponse.org/pop-up-clinics/

  • For Healthcare providers and community workers on the frontline who would like to request formulas for their team or community please contact at http://yhresponse.org/contact/

Texas State Parks: Parks will be suspending all cash transactions where feasible. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the self-pay stations, the online reservation system and credit card transactions at this time. Park visitors should check the Alert Map regularly for the latest information about the status of parks.  

United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. Will help with bills, rent,and food. Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide zip code and will be given a list of local agencies to provide further assistance.

Resources for Grade School Students

150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely: Check out this document for tons of ideas for how to keep kids engaged while they are out of school.

NOVO Homeschool Resources :A small collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist homeschool curriculum ideas and resources for families impacted by closures caused by the coronavirus

Dolores Huerta Day Curriculum : Lessons, activities and resources from the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

Free curriculum from Families Belong Together: Sample pages from Coloring Without Borders are included.

Reading A-Z offers free products as well as a free trial. Reading A-Z has over 2,000 leveled books for young people.

Story Time From Space offers free  book readings and science lessons from astronauts while they are in space.

15 virtual field trips that students can take to museums,orchestras, concerts, etc.

Resources for College Students

U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage amid Coronavirus Outbreak: Visit uhaul.com or call 1-800-GO-UHAUL to reserve a truck or trailer. U-Haul also accepts third-party pay, which enables family members to fund their loved one’s moving and storage needs.

        Here, Collin College News gives COVID-19 FAQs, as well as resources

and information for students who may have questions during this

time.