Statement on Coronavirus from TEXPERS Executive Director Art Alfaro
On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, an international health emergency. Since then, the virus has been upgraded to a pandemic, which means the virus has spread globally. As the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems, TEXPERS, continues to plan trustee training on May 2 and its 31st Annual Conference May 3-6 on Galveston Island, staff and board members are monitoring the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Absent federal travel restrictions and/or local, state, or regional decisions to close venues, TEXPERS has not canceled its trustee training or annual conference.
We commit to maintaining all appropriate sanitary, health, and safety measures and encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
If there are any changes, we will provide information to registrants. TEXPERS understands concerns for health and safety, and the association is prepared to act decisively should the circumstances warrant. Factors we would consider are federal declarations, domestic travel restrictions, and other relevant conditions.
Meanwhile, TEXPERS continues to plan its annual conference with Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center to host a healthy, safe, and productive educational gathering for our members. I encourage you to visit www.texpers.org or follow our social media posts for the latest news and developments. Also, keep these coronavirus resources handy:
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Galveston County Health District
- U.S. Travel Association
As the impact of the coronavirus evolves, TEXPERS will share information and updates as well as how it impacts the public pension industry in Texas. In the meantime, I encourage our members to practice good health habits - frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your coughs in the pit of your elbow, and refrain from shaking hands.
Our members can also click here to access our communication resources regarding COVID-19.
All of us at TEXPERS hope healthcare professionals will find a way to end this epidemic so we can return to focusing on the health of our public pensions to ensure Texas public servants have access to secure retirements.
If you have any questions or would like to share what your pension system or financial institution is doing to manage the situation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.