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This special section is divided into 3 categories:

Community Updates brings you community updates from Park, City, and County officials. Information you should know to keep you and your community safe and healthy.

Stay Connected has ideas about what you can do to remain active and and connected while follwoing stay at home orders.

Local Promotions shares how we can continue to support local businesses who may be impacted the hardest as orders to stay home and shelter in place are updated and extended. Here we will share area promotions, curb-side menus, mail order retail options, gift card ideas, and more that you may take advantage of to continue to support your favorite local establishments.

Social distancing may be necessary right now, but it's taking a toll on small businesses.

By Annie Spillman

Social distancing may be necessary right now, but it's taking a toll on small businesses.

State-specific numbers aren't available, but I am the Texas director of the National Federation of Independent Business, and a recent NFIB survey found that 76% of the nation’s small business owners report being impacted in some way by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Over half say sales are down, while 23% say the coronavirus has affected their supply chain. One in five owners surveyed by NFIB said the outbreak hasn’t affected them, but most think it will eventually.

Read more: Social distancing may be necessary right now, but it's taking a toll on small businesses.

Worried about your immune system?

Try These 5 Natural Remedies

Body aches, fever, chills and nasal congestion, common symptoms of the flu, can stop you in your tracks, leaving you bedridden for days.

“Complications arising from these illnesses can become serious,” says Dr. Suhyun An, an expert on regenerative medicine and co-author of Demystifying Stem Cells: A Real-Life Approach To Regenerative Medicine.

Read more: Worried about your immune system?

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order, implements statewide essential services and activities protocols

While the Governor has issued this executive order, please pay attention to you rlocal news, county and city websites for any additional measures they have taken.

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services.

Read more: Governor Abbott issues Executive Order, implements statewide essential services and activities...

McAllen’s 3-1-1 Operating Daily

Monday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.

Earlier today, the City of McAllen announced that residents and visitors can now contact its 3-1-1 Customer Service Call Center daily, as the service is now available Monday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. until further notice.

Read more: McAllen’s 3-1-1 Operating Daily

Mission launches COVID-19 resources website

CityofMissionLogo tnMission, TX- The City of Mission has launched an informational page on its website to help disseminate information about COVID-19 to its residents.

“City leadership continues to monitor the situation and as new information becomes available, we feel it is important to keep our community informed,” Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña said. “The City of Mission is here to serve our community throughout this outbreak. Misinformation spreads quickly, and we believe it is crucial to share factual information and guide our citizens towards credible sources.”

Read more: Mission launches COVID-19 resources website

How seniors can protect their health and finances during the pandemic

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, health officials have been clear and consistent in their message to seniors: While anyone can fall victim to COVID-19, those who are 65 and older are in an especially high-risk group.

That’s why older Americans need to be especially careful and – in the case of the very elderly – family members may need to step in to make sure they are taking the right precautions, says Chris Orestis, the president of LifeCare Xchange who is known as the “Retirement Genius.”

Read more: How seniors can protect their health and finances during the pandemic

Gladys Porter Zoo Needs our help

20141125 Gladys Porter Zoo KO IMG 6439As many businesses are right now, businesses like Gladys Porter Zoo (GPZ) that run on funds raised through admission fees and memberships, are suffering. Due to COVID-19, many tourist attractions throughout the country have been forced to close because of disaster declarations. This puts places like zoos in a need because they have not only their employees to pay, but also grounds to take of and animals to feed.

Read more: Gladys Porter Zoo Needs our help

McAllen closes Palm View Golf Course until further notice

CityofMcAllenLogo tnDue to number of people at the Palm View Golf Course, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling ordered that it be closed until further notice. Beginning, today, April 1, 2020, the City of McAllen has closed the Palm View Golf Course to the public.

“In light of the amount of traffic we continued to see, and the fact that players were congregating in certain areas, it is best to close the golf course for the safety of the public and our employees,” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E.

Mission CoC, city join forces to give small businesses a voice

Facebook page created to give small businesses promotional platform

MISSION, TX – During these trying times, small businesses in the Rio Grande Valley are already feeling the impact that the COVID- 19 pandemic is having on the local economy. The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mission are working together to give small businesses the opportunity to optimize their marketing tactics and boost business via Facebook. A special page will allow them to promote their business, current operations adjustments and customer incentives. For example, while local businesses are currently limiting or closing dine-in areas, they are still trying to make ends meet by offering free food delivery or curbside pick-up.

Read more: Mission CoC, city join forces to give small businesses a voice

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