Weekly e-Newsletter
ISSUE: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Harris County Outlines Test, Trace, Treat Plan to Slow Spread
On Tuesday, Harris County unveiled a plan to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19 as Texas begins to re-open portions of the economy on Friday, May 1. The three steps are test, trace and treat.

The county will increase its testing capabilities and get testing materials to facilities that need them the most. Starting next week, the county will be able to test 1,600 residents a day.

The county is in the process of hiring a team of 300 contact tracers who will reach out to people who have come into contact with someone infected with COVID-19 to ensure those individuals get tested and isolate for two weeks to prevent further spread of the virus.

The Houston-area hospital systems are taking about 200 admissions a day, but the curve has flattened. Harris County is working on a back-up shelter in case the hospital systems become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Officials will continue to work to ensure that healthcare capacity is in place if needed, as part of planning for another wave of infections.
Upcoming Webinars
Live with Dr. Jim Gaines
May 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Jim Gaines, Chief Economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, will discuss COVID-19’s impact on the local residential construction industry in the short-term and long-term.
Q& A session to follow. Register now
Live with Congressman Kevin Brady
May 12 at 10 a.m.
Save the date, details coming soon!
Webinar Replays
"Viral Uncertainty" with NAHB's Chief Economist Rob Dietz. Tune in for a national overview of COVID-19's impact on the residential construction industry, followed by a Q&A session.

In case you missed it:
Stephanie Gaston and Ian Faria, with Bradley Arant, shared a construction industry guide to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and unemployment benefits under the the CARES Act.

In case you missed it:
Association News
Nominate a Newsmaker!
Nominations are now open for GHBA’s May Member Newsmaker.  Nominate someone you feel deserves special recognition for their support of the community and/or the GHBA. (Yes, you can nominate yourself!)

Complete the form with name, company and a compelling description by May 15. The winner will be highlighted on GHBA social media, website and e-newsletter. We want to share what our members are up to!
Meet GHBA Community Member,
Terry Nesch
In this time of social isolation, it’s the human connection that will get us through. So here's a little pick-me-up. Each week, we’ll introduce you to a fellow member of your GHBA community. We hope that you’ll reach out and say hello!

Week 5: Terry Nesch, TONER Home Matters [ VIDEO]

Missed past episodes? Here's Dan Bawden, Sharone Mayberry, and Cindy Hinson, Rob Hellyer, and Chris Hawkins.

Who will be next? Stay tuned next Wednesday!
2020 Scholarship Deadline Extended
GHBA's Scholarship Program, presented annually by the Associate Council, provides assistance to members' children in pursuing a college degree. These scholarships are made possible through the donations of generous association members.

Can you help? Donations of any size are encouraged and appreciated. Every penny goes directly to student scholarships. It's also tax deductible!

Is your son or daughter a college student or a college-bound high school senior? Apply for the 2020 scholarship!
Deadline: Monday, June 15
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Thank you to our 2020 Sustaining Associate Members (SAMs)
GRAND ($10,000+)
ACES Builders Warranty
AIRIA Development Corp.
Benchmark Mortgage
Builders Choice Inc.
Builders Post-Tension
Carrier Corporation
Champions Stone Co.
DataSmart/Duncan Security
Detering Co. of Houston
DPIS Builder Services
Expressions Home Gallery
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen
& Lighting Gallery
Fox Energy Specialists
Gulf & Basco
HomePro Home Technologies
Hotchkiss Insurance Agency
Ironwood Connection
Legends Architectural Stone
Milgard Windows & Doors
Norbord Industries
Perfection Supply
Sherwin-Williams Co.
SRG Stairs
StrucSure Home Warranty
Suncoast Post-Tension
PREMIER ($5,000+)
ABC Home & Commercial Services
Allpoints Surveying
Centerpoint Energy
ConnectOne A SMART HOME Company
Exterior Inspections
Huber Engineered Woods
Keller Williams – The Icon Team
RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB
Texas Builders Finance
Thorntree Slate & Marble
Venetian Stairs
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage