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Pharr to Open COVID-19 Recovery Center this Wednesday, 5/20

Center to Assist Pharr Residents, Families, and Businesses with “Your Bridge to Recovery”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020

Pharr, Texas – In an effort to provide recovery resources, support, and information to Pharr residents, businesses and families, the City of Pharr will open a COVID-19 Recovery Center – a resource center that will provide individualized and customized support on a variety of different issues that individuals, families, and businesses may be in need of assistance as our area grapples with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Recovery Center will open beginning this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and will operate thereafter from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, at the Pharr Events Center (3000 N. Cage) in Pharr.

“As the coronavirus began spreading across the country and in our area, many of our Pharr residents, families, and businesses were directly impacted in many ways, including loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of revenue, among others,” said Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “In assessing the various needs of our community, we felt it was important to be there for our constituents, reach out a helping hand, and cater our response and recovery assistance to address their individual needs,” he added.

The COVID-19 Recovery Center will provide resources for individuals and businesses and information regarding the following:

  • Individual assistance
  • City of Pharr Financial Assistance for Businesses
  • Information for State and Federal Funding
  • Work Safe Plan
  • Workforce Opportunities
  • Re-Open Texas Guidelines
  • Business Services to help connect with customers
  • Answers to business operations in Pharr
  • Access to No Cost Business Consulting

The services at the COVID-19 Recovery Center are available at no cost for Pharr residents or business owners only. Must provide proof of residence to receive assistance.

Once open, walk-ins will be accepted onsite at the center, however, interested attendees are encouraged to contact the COVID-19 Recovery Center at (956) 402-4311 to set up a complimentary appointment.

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Pharr COVID-19 Recovery Center

In an effort to provide recovery resources, support, and information to Pharr residents, businesses and families, the City of Pharr will open a COVID-19 Recovery Center – a resource center that will provide individualized and customized support on a variety of different issues that individuals, families, and businesses may be in need of assistance as our area grapples with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hours of Operation (starting Wednesday, May 20, 2020):
Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location:
Pharr Events Center
3000 N. Cage Blvd.

Pharr CARES Small Business Loan Program
In an effort to provide financial relief to impacted local businesses, the PEDC has created the COVID-19 Emergency Business Loan Program. The purpose of this loan program is to provide working capital for personnel costs, rent or commercial mortgage payments, utilities, and critical business equipment or supplies. This program will provide forgivable loans in an amount between $2,500 to $5,000 for businesses who can demonstrate direct negative impacts on their business.

The online application for the Pharr CARES Small Business Loan Program is included below. Online submissions are greatly preferred; however, you may also print the application at the link below and return a hard copy along with the required documentation to the Pharr Economic Development Corporation Office located at 1215 S Cage Boulevard, Pharr, TX, 78577. Please note that our office currently has restricted access to the public. Please call (956) 402-4332 for more information.

Open Texas Checklists

Open Texas Checklists

Checklists by category for opening effective May 1st, 2020

Open Texas Checklists – Revised May 5, 2020, Now in Effect

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 8, 2020

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 18, 2020

Before opening for business, corresponding Work Safe Plans must be submitted

In accordance to Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to COVID-19 disaster, the following establishments
must remain closed until further notice:

  • Bars
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Cosmetology Salons
  • Gyms
  • Interactive Amusement Venues
  • Massage Establishments
  • Piercing Studios
  • Public Swimming Pools
  • Tattoo Studios
  • Video Arcades
Work Safe Plan

Work Safe Plan Order

Work safe plans must be filled out and submitted online using our online application.
Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses

Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses

On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order authorizing the re-opening of retail businesses effective April 24. Review the DSHS guidance on how to re-open safely for both employees and customers.

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What Is COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that can spread via person-to-person contact. Cases have been identified in growing number of international locations. In the USA, cases are reported mostly in travelers returning from Wuhan City, China.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, in specific international destinations.

Protect Yourself

COVID-19 prevention and treatment information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of COVID-19

Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

Fever
Cough
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Learn more about COVID‑19 symptoms on the CDC website.

What To Do If You Are Sick?

Symptoms of COVID‑19 may show up 2‑14 days after exposure. The steps you should take if you think you are sick with COVID‑19 depend on whether you have a higher risk of developing severe illness.

High-Risk Individuals:
People 65 years or older, and/or people with medical issues, like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID‑19.
If you are a high-risk individual and you develop fever or symptoms, call your doctor.
If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow your doctor’s instructions and refer to CDC recommendations for how to take care of yourself at home.

General Population:
If you are in generally good health and have mild symptoms, stay home and take care of yourself like you would for a cold or the flu.
If symptoms worsen, call your doctor.

For more information on how to take care of yourself at home if you are sick, see the CDC website:

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If neither are available, use an alcohol-based handrub.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
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