As schools close and thousands of people across the country are being laid off due to the new coronavirus pandemic, many Texans are finding themselves stuck at home with no income or access to necessary resources like food or medical supplies.
In response to growing concerns around the nation, President Donald Trump recently signed a bill mandating 12 weeks of paid leave for people quarantining or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that applies only to companies with less than 500 employees. The federal bill, which will go into effect April 2, also provides $1 billion in emergency unemployment insurance to the states and requires free testing for the new coronavirus.
Read more from Megan Menchaca with The Texas Tribune here.