Category Archives: COVID-19 Updates

Be the Turn-Around Person

Everybody has a bad day. For many of us, the COVID-19 seems to be a bad day that has lasted several months. This pandemic has been challenging for so many reasons: the self-isolation, the uncertainty, health scares, the constant changing of opening, to stepping back, or slowing down the reopening, and just the unknowns. We are human, and we like our routines, and we like being in comfortable moments that don’t threaten our wellbeing, financially or healthwise. So how can a person adjust and handle a moment like COVID-19? When everything seems to be going sideways or off track? Here are five simple things you can do to turn a moment, a week, or even a bad month around. Focus on the moment. Stop thinking about the future or what went wrong last week. You cannot change the past, and the future has not arrived. You have this moment and…

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$1.5 Million in Grant Money for 2nd Round of Funding for McAllen Small Businesses

The City of McAllen and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce are now offering an additional $1.5 million in its COVID-19 Small Business Grant program to help McAllen small businesses relaunch and reignite their businesses. Grants up to $5,000 will be given to small businesses with revenues of less than $2 million. Mayor Jim Darling said, “Small businesses are the foundation of McAllen’s economy. The City of McAllen wanted to do everything it could do to have a positive impact on local small businesses during this pandemic recovery.”  The program will be available to McAllen-based businesses, for as long as the funds are available. The grants are free money and do not have to be repaid.  The money can be used for the following: Launching online presence and sales Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies and equipment Short-term marketing campaign Limited interior modification for health and safety purposes Delayed rent/mortgage…

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Why I Wear a Mask

Though different studies reach varying statistical conclusions about wearing masks, the overwhelming consensus is that masks help stem the transmission of COVID-19. Jeremy Howard of Australia has found 34 scientific papers (Masks4all.com) showing masks are effective in stopping the spread of the virus, and there are no documents or studies proving otherwise. The National Institute of Health performed a video experiment that used lasers to illuminate the shower of droplets emitted when someone speaks and how a mask blocked nearly all of the droplets. A statistical study done by scientists in the United States and Europe shows that if 80% of the population wore a mask, the infection rate for COVID-19 would drop by 90 percent. Obviously, the N95 masks have the best rate of stopping the virus, followed by surgical masks, and then cloth masks. Scientists theorize that wearing a mask reduces the amount of exposure to COVID-19 virus…

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$300,000 in Grant Money Available for McAllen Small Businesses

The City of McAllen and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce are offering a program designed to help McAllen small businesses relaunch and reignite their businesses with a grant program to assist with some of the essential things to getting reopened. Grants up to $5,000 will be given to small businesses with revenues of less than $350,000 and grants up to $10,000 will be given to small businesses with incomes of more than $350,000. Mayor Jim Darling said, “Small businesses are the foundation of McAllen’s economy. The City of McAllen wanted to do everything it could do to have a positive impact on local small businesses during this pandemic recovery.” The program will launch June 1 at 9:00 AM and will be available to McAllen-based businesses for as long as the $300,000 is available. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is expecting the funds and grants to go quickly. The grants are…

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Walking Through the Valley of the Virus

These are unprecedented times. I sometimes refer to this as our moment walking through the “valley of the virus.” The most important thing to remember is that this is not our destination, but a moment we are walking through. We need to continue to strengthen our resolve and confidence and to replace the fear with facts. As a community and as a region, we are very resilient and retain a lot of “grit.” Our greatest asset is us, not resources, infrastructure, money, or connections, but our human spirit.   Here are a couple of things to remember:   Get the facts. There is so much misinformation on social media and in the rumor mill. Understand, everything you see on the internet is not true. Sometimes our human nature is to focus on the negative and the worst-case scenarios — let it go. Use your wisdom and discernment to wade through…

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Take Care Of Yourself During COVID-19

While we might know the symptoms of COVID-19 like the back of our extremely clean hand, it is important to be aware of the additional ways the virus can be impacting others. Through all of the doom and gloom, it is imperative that everyone remain mindful of their current state of mental health. With all of the stressors that come with a global pandemic, it is normal to feel like things are out of your control. But with a loss of control comes a feeling of hopelessness, and often times, it can be consuming. There may be increased fears about you or your loved ones contracting the virus, or fears about what the pandemic’s impact will have on your employment. Additionally, with public health restrictions in place like social distancing and other measures being taken to decrease face-to-face interaction, it is easy to feel increasingly isolated. While these are all…

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Coming Together During COVID-19

The last few weeks have been a trying time for communities everywhere. There’s no shortage of uncertainty while each passing day brings a new set of changes and disruptions to our day-to-day lives. In the weeks and months that follow, we will continue to see how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play a role in our everyday functions, and what kind of lasting impacts it has on our lives moving forward. Despite every day seems like a flurry of bad news, misinformation and a rumor mill that won’t quit, there is reason to have hope in these uncertain times. Know for one, that this is but a passing moment in our history and eventually, as all things do, this will end. We will gather in crowded malls on a Saturday afternoon once again, and we will sit in packed theaters for the midnight premiere of the next great Hollywood blockbuster.…

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