COVID-19 Resources

As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in our community, so does anxiety associated with the pandemic.  The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, the ReACH Center will be compiling a range of resources and information on our COVID-19 page

ReACH Core Scholar Luz Garcini Featured on Oprah's Book Club

Luz Garcini, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and ReACH Core Scholar was featured on the latest episode of Oprah's Book Club streaming on Apple+.  Tune in to hear Dr. Garcini  talk to Oprah Winfrey about the border wall and her research related to stress and trauma in undocumented populations. Episode Preview

Local Census Response Rate

Are you interested in seeing how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census?  As of July 12th the national self-response rate of the 2020 Census is 62.0%. The self-response rate for Texas is 56.9%, and the self-response rate in Bexar County is 60.6%. Stay up to date with self response rates from across the U.S. on the Census Bureau website.  

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CDC Recommends Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19


With the help of scientists around the world we are increasingly learning more about how the COVID-19 virus spreads.  This information along with evidence of widespread community infection in many communities across the United States has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a recommendation for people to wear cloth face coverings to cover their nose and mouth in community settings. 

This recommendation is to protect people around you if you are infected with the COVID-19 virus but are not displaying symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering if you are in a community setting where you may be near other people such as a grocery store or pharmacy.  A cloth face covering does not eliminate the need for social distancing.  It is an additional precaution to slow the spread of the virus.  

A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others.  

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 5 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.  Use of medical masks or N95 respirators are by the public discouraged, since they’re a needed resource for health care workers and first responders.

The CDC and the South Texas Regional Advisory Council have both created graphic tutorials for creating cloth face coverings.  In addition the South Texas Regional Advisory Council has also created a text tutorial that recommends that cloth face coverings be made from tightly woven, high quality, preshrunk cotton material that can withstand heavy, frequent, high temperature laundering with detergent, and autoclave conditions (steam under pressure).  

It is important to remember that cloth face coverings should be laundered under high temperature with detergent prior to initial use.  Additionally when removing face coverings individuals should take precautions not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth and should wash their hands immediately after removing. Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed at a high temperature, depending on the frequency of use.