COVID-19 Resources

Texas Sea Grant has complied a number of resources related to COVID-19, which have beneficial information for Texans. For updates from Texas A&M University on COVID-19, visit www.tamu.edu/coronavirus.

General COVID-19 Information and Resources

 


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Extension Resources

 

 

Sanitation and Cleaning

 

How to clean your home and office (CDC)

 

Parenting

 

See this list of activities to do while staying at home with kids


Helping children cope with coronavirus

 

Wellness and Mental Health

 

Peer Listening Program & Training (Gulf Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Program)

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ (Emergency Paid Sick Leave)


Managing Stress During a Pandemic: A Presentation on managing stress during a pandemic by Dr. Heidi Radunovich, a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Florida.


Desk Exercises: A video by Utah State University Extension


Managing Anxiety and Stress related to COVID-19 (CDC)


Mental Health Considerations during the COVID-19 Outbreak (WHO)

 

Food

 

Good Foods to Have on Hand (Utah State University Extension)


Safe Food Guidelines: (Utah State University Extension)


How to Store Foods for Emergencies (Utah State University Extension)

 

Unemployment Insurance

 

What is Unemployment Insurance and how do you know if you are eligible?


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Quick Take (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Law Center)

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Section 2102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Updates from Coastal Counties

For Texas Sea Grant Staff

For IT resources, including information on VPNs, call forwarding, and Zoom, see Texas A&M IT's Work from Home Resources webpage.

Zoom Videoconferencing is available to Texas A&M employees for download. For information on how to use Zoom, see these Zoom Instructions.

See guidance on how to track travel cancelations resulting from COVID-19.

For Funded Researchers and Students

Texas Sea Grant would like to advise that most current research projects funded by Texas Sea Grant are eligible for a no-cost extension for time, if there is sufficient justification for such a request (i.e. inability to travel to collect data, reduction in laboratory hours, etc.).

The process to request a no-cost extension includes the following:

  • Send an email to Mia Zwolinski's attention, for an initial request of an extension for time, which will be retained for the project record.
  • If possible, provide the estimated period for the extension, although is not required for this initial request.

Please contact Mia Zwolinski at mzwolinski@tamu.edu with any questions.

For Businesses & Rural Communities

 

Texas Comptroller's Office COVID-19 Emergency Response Webpage

National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

IRS Extends Tax Deadline to July 15

Texas Workforce Commission COVID-19 Response Webpage

Texas Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Response Page

COVID-19 FAQs for Small Business (Office of the Texas Governor)

CARES Act Quick Take (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Law Center)

CARES Act 101 (National Sea Grant Law Center)

Paycheck Protection Program Quick Take (Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Law Center)

Paycheck Protection Program Tip Sheet (Updated 6-18-20) (National Sea Grant Law Center)

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Paycheck Protection Program Informational Sheet (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Keeping American Workers Paid and Employeed Act (Sections 1101-1107 of the CARES Act)

Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Find your local SBDC for assistance with SBA loan options

The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (U.S. Department of Agriculture) - a tool to help rural communities

Rural Resilience Training (Farm Credit) - a free online farm stress management course focused on mental health and management

 

From the Small Business Administration

Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources (SBA)

Disaster Assistance

Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Form Application revised 6-12-20

Informational PowerPoint on COVID-19 Assistance

For Fisheries

Open Seafood Retailers

 

Looking for seafood while social distancing? We've compiled a list of Texas seafood retailers and restaurants that are open for business.

 

 

 

Marina and Park Closures

March 16

Cameron County closed all beach access and county parks. Boat ramps within these parks are not accessible to the public, including Adolph Tomae.


March 22

The City of Corpus Christi has closed beach access from Zahn Road to Beach Access Road 3, and also Packery Channel (including boat ramp) has been closed to anglers. Re-opened March 24.


March 23

Matagorda County closed all beach access. The Matagorda Harbor boat ramp is also barricaded and inaccessible. Bait stand is open to the public.


March 26

The City of Port Aransas has banned fishing from the shore whether from the ship channel, jetties or beach. Order terminates after April 2, unless renewed.

Willacy County Navigation District (Port Mansfield) closed all boat ramps. Fred Stone Park, Laguna Point Recreation Area, and the Coastal Land Resources Center are temporarily closed.

Cameron County also closed their parks on March 16, Lower Laguna Madre boat ramps 8, 13, 14, 30, 35, 36, & 39 are closed (6 out of the top 7 busiest ramps).


March 27

Mustang Island State Park is temporarily closed.

 

March 28

Aransas County closed the Beach Park, effectively closing the Little Bay boat ramp within the park boundaries.


March 31

All public beaches, boat launches, boat ramps, bulkheads, docks, piers, wharfs, and parks within the geographic boundaries of Aransas County, the City of Rockport, and the town limits of Fulton are closed.

 

April 7

At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7. Read the full press release.

 

April 8

All public beaches in Calhoun County and piers owned by Calhoun County are closed until April 15. King Fisher Park, Little Jetties in Port O'Conner, Boggy Bayou Nature Park, and Olivia Hateras Park are closed until April 15.

Beaches in Galveston County are closed and must be vacated. All beach acess points in Galveston County shall be closed, and ingress to beaches prohibited. This is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 10 through April 17, and subject to extension.

Several Brazoria County parks will be closed to day use in an effort to minimize the risk of the COVID-19 virus. This includes Quintana Beach County Park, San Luis Pass County Park, Resoft County Park, and the visitor’s center at Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park. Quintana and San Luis Pass continue to host both RV and cabin campers, but will no longer allow day use visitors. Inland parks still open to the public are Hanson Riverside, Albert Finkle, Buffalo Camp, and Camp Mohawk. At these parks both restrooms and playgrounds will be closed to guests. Brazos River County Park will remain closed until further notice. All operational department maintained boat ramps continue to be open. The beaches are closed to vehicular traffic, but remain open to visitors.

 

April 20

Texas State Parks will begin reopening for day-use only April 20 as part of a broader effort to begin reopening the state of Texas. Per Governor Abbott’s direction, new restrictions in effect include requiring visitors to wear face coverings and maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five. Read the full press release from Texas Parks and Wildlife.