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CORONAVIRUS, VACCINE & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Tuesday, April 13th, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,437 active cases of Coronavirus with 70 fatalities.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations based on the current phase(s) published by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This is for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This is a two shot series with the follow-up being May 13 & 14, 2021.

Vaccines will be administered today at the Walker County Storm Shelter—8am to 5pm.  NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.  For more information, call Walker County OEM at 936-435-8035, or email walkercountyoem@co.walker.tx.us.

 

WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REVIEW INMATE PHONE CONTRACT FOR COUNTY JAIL

In Commissioners’ Court Monday, commissioners heard from County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford regarding a Request for Proposal Summary and contract for inmate phone service.

Mr. Williford first explained the agenda item in a historical perspective . . . .

He continued to explain, but in a more current perspective . . . .

Mr. Williford said, “It’s just the overall best value for the County.” The lowest call rate is 16 cents a minute. They offer the same 80% commission rate. They are also offering a $65,000 technology grant for the Jail.

Commissioners approved the NCIC contract.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT SENDS LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS DEMANDING SHUTDOWN OF FEDERALLY RUN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR FACILITY IN SAN ANTONIO

Governor Greg Abbott recently sent a letter to Vice President and Border Czar Kamala Harris demanding that the Biden Administration shut down the federally run unaccompanied minor facility in San Antonio. The Governor included a memo from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that summarizes the allegations of sexual assault, bullying, understaffing, and disregard for COVID-19 protocols within the facility.

Governor Abbot wrote, “The State of Texas previously warned about overcrowded conditions at these facilities, and now those conditions have led to allegations of child abuse and neglect.” He also wrote, “Our repeated warnings and questions have gone ignored by President Biden, yourself, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas. In your role as Border Czar, you have a duty to these children and the American people to act immediately. I implore you to act immediately to protect these children, secure the border, and end this crisis.”

CORONAVIRUS TESTING AND VACCINATION UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Monday, April 12th, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,565 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management, will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations based on the current phase(s) published by the Texas Department of State Health Services today.

This is for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This is a two shot series with the follow-up being May 13 & 14, 2021.

Vaccines will be administered today and tomorrow at the Walker County Storm Shelter—8am to 5pm.  No appointment is necessary.

For more information: Walker County OEM, PH#936-435-8035, or Email: walkercountyoem@co.walker.tx.us

HUNTSVILLE ISD SUPERINTENDENT DR. SCOTT SHEPPARD COMMENTS ON THE HUNTSVILLE ISD BOND PACKAGE

On Monday, Huntsville ISD Superintendent, Dr. Scott Sheppard, held an informational meeting at Mance Park Middle School on the District’s upcoming $127 million Bond Election.

Dr. Sheppard was our guest on our public affairs program, “Around Town,” over the weekend.

Among the many facets of the bond package we touched on, he believes passage of the bond package would be a tremendous asset to Huntsville’s future . . . .

APRIL 11TH SHOOTING IN 100 BLOCK OF HAWTHORNE ROAD IN NEW WAVERLY

On Sunday April 11th, at 6:29 PM deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Officer, were dispatched to the 100 Block of Hawthorne Road in New Waverly in regard to a person that had been shot.  Upon the deputies arrival, they learned that two individuals had gunshot wounds. 

Both injured parties were immediately transported to area Hospital for treatment. One victim was transported by ambulance to Conroe Regional Hospital and the other was taken by air ambulance to a Houston Hospital. At this time, the injuries were not expected to be life threatening–one person has already been release from the hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates this may have been some type of a dispute over property, and there is no threat to the community as this appears to have been an isolated incident and all parties have been identified. No arrests have been made at this time.  The investigation continues as investigators interview more witnesses and gather further evidence.

Sheriff McRae would like to thank the assisting agencies, Texas Department of Public Safety- Highway Patrol, New Waverly Fire Department and Walker County EMS. 

COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR JOHN NABORS RETIRING

Long-time employee and head of the County’s Emergency Medical Services Department, John Nabors, is retiring.

In Commissioners’ Court Monday, Commissioner Ronnie White, among others, commented on posting the position and what a great job John Nabors did . . . .

As to when the job can be posted and how to proceed, County Auditor Patricia Allen informed the court . . . .

County officials will begin working on drafting updates in the requirements for the position and looking into its future posting for the public.

LIBRARY REOPENING MAY 2021

Following the guidance of City officials, the Huntsville Public Library will resume its normal service hours and increase the number of services offered to start Monday, May 10, 2021. Library hours will revert to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The reading furniture will be available but all visitors are still encouraged to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. The Library will quarantine returned items for three days in observance of safety precautions. Computer access will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis using a limited number of library workstations to promote social distancing. The Nash Board Room will remain closed; the Staggs Community Room will be available for use, with limited occupancy, for library programs as well as private events. For more information, please contact the Huntsville Public Library at 936-291-5472.