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Texas unemployment resources during COVID-19

Here's who's hiring and information on free job training and education.

HOUSTON — You keep calling, emailing, texting and asking us to help with the unemployment benefit process. We take your concerns to the Texas Workforce Commission as much as possible.

But if we can’t help you individually, we can at least make you feel that your voice is heard.

That’s what we tried to do, by bringing together Lori, Gary, Jim, Amy, Cliff and Robbie—all who wanted to share their experiences of dealing with unemployment.

Here’s also a look at unemployment around your area. This map from the Texas Workforce Commission breaks down the number of claims by county, zip code as well as state and federal political districts.

This story map was created with the Story Map Series application in ArcGIS Online.

Here’s a link to who’s hiring, offering free job training or education by Texas regions.

MORE COVERAGE ON THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some patients also have nausea, headaches and stomach issues.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk for becoming seriously ill. However, U.S. experts are seeing a significant number of younger people being hospitalized, including some in ICU.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Follow social distancing

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

Get complete coverage of the coronavirus by texting 'FACTS' to 713-526-1111.