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Commissioner Cook Encourages People to Stay Safe as COVID-19 Cases Increase in Wilco

Keep wearings masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands for 20 seconds with soap, and refrain from touching your face in public.

  • 29 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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The WilliamsoEmoji of smiling face with mask over mouth.n County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) regularly, and almost daily, announces new positive Coronavirus cases  in Williamson County. To date, Wilco has seen 293 cases and eight deaths. Fortunately, many patients have recovered or are recovering, but others are still hospitalized and some have been on mechanical ventilators.

Additional COVID-19 deaths and cases are also reported on the dashboard located atwww.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php. The dashboard information is updated just past noon daily. Cases are a combined total that include cities with populations below 20,000 and unincorporated areas of Williamson County to protect the privacy of residents.

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care or emergency department to avoid potential spread. For more information, visit www.wcchd.org/COVID-19 . For information on the county response to COVID-19, go to  www.wilco.org/COVID-19

We also now have a new public testing site in Williamson County for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This test does not require a visit to a physician and is free. For more information, log onto http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php

Commissioner Cook Encourages Interested Job Seekers to Register for Local Virtual Career Expo

  • 28 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Partnering with Local Employers Across 9 Counties to Host Virtual Career Expo on May 6

Join us online May 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m. for the Rural Capital Area Virtual Career Expo. Register today to virtually connect with hiring recruiters from multiple local companies. Learn about their exciting career and internship opportunities in the Rural Capital Area (Bastrop; Blanco; Burnet; Caldwell; Fayette; Hays; Lee; Llano; and Williamson counties), and take part in virtual career-enhancement workshops right from your own computer, or mobile device. All job seekers welcome.

Job Seekers, Pre-register todaybit.ly/wsrcavirtualcareerexpo

Employers, Free Recruiting Booths Are Available: https://ruralcapitalarea.getyourbooth.com/ (Link may not work temporarily. Checking status)

Planning Sustainable Jobs Now and After COVID-19

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  • 16 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook gathers with  Bill Turner, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) Deputy Project Director; Carl Braun, WSRCA Business Services Manager; DeWayne Street, ResCare Regional Director of Workforce Services; Mike Crane, WSRCA Project Director; Commissioner Cook; August Alvarado, District Director, U.S. Congressman John R. Carter to celebrate TDIndustries Registered Apprenticeship Kickoff March 12, 2020.

I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and prayers for those battling this disease.

As we look towards a brighter future, we must also consider employment, including for those displaced by the coronavirus.

On March 16, Wilco issued the order restricting gatherings to no more than 50 people to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Four days before, I offered the keynote speech at TDIndustries’ registered apprenticeship kickoff in Round Rock.

TDIndustries provides a 20-week training program for HVAC and plumbing employees as their first step of apprenticeship. Participants learn the basics of their trade in the first course and receive advanced training in subsequent semesters.

Apprenticeships are geared for occupations, not just skills. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000.

 The Department of Labor can provide guidance and certification for apprenticeships, but programs differ among states and regions. Certified apprenticeships can then become registered, but there are other programs not certified.

Workers over age 45 comprise 53% of skilled trades occupations in this country alone, yet many will be retiring in the next 15 years. 

Industries—including every kind of restaurant—are worried. If technical schools could produce twice the current rate of graduates, the demand for skilled workers still would not be satisfied.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) just announced the need for our WilcoMRC volunteers

  • 14 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Medical and non-medical backgrounds are welcome. Applicants must be 18-years-old or older and be willing to work long shifts. Volunteers will work with individuals who have no to low risk of illness and must be willing and able to sit, stand and/or walk for long periods of time. Applicants should have an interest in promoting the wellness of Williamson County residents. WCCHD will provide HIPPA training for all volunteers.

The Medical Reserve Corps, or MRC, is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities.The Medical Reserve Corps is organized under the office of the United States Surgeon General. The MRC was unveiled during President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The primary role of local MRC units is to supplement the public health and medical portions of the existing community emergency response system. For additional information, please visit the Medical Reserve Corps page on the WCCHD's website at :http://www.wcchd.org/about_us/volunteer/index.php.

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Instructions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on wearing, removing, making, and cleaning face coverings

  • 13 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook is wearing a floral print pleated face mask she made.For more information and instructions on face coverings, visit http://tinyurl.com/srfu9f2

Materials for Sewn Face Covering

Two 10"x6" rectangles of cotton fabric
Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
Scissors
Sewing machine
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