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GOVERNOR SUSPENDING ELECTIVE SURGERIES IN HOSPITALS IN VARIOUS COUNTIES IN TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) in Texas. Walker and Montgomery counties are in one of these TSA areas.

Under his Proclamation, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician. Through proclamation, the Governor can add or subtract from the list of counties included in his original Executive Order and subsequent Proclamations to address surges in hospitalizations that may arise in other parts of the state.

SHSU’S GENE ROBERTS NAMED CHAIR OF THE STATE BAR ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Gene Roberts, director of Student Legal and Mediation Services for Sam Houston State University, was selected to be the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas starting June 15, 2020, for a one-year term.

The State Bar of Texas has over 100,000 attorneys as members. The State Bar Act requires that all attorneys licensed in Texas are members of the State Bar of Texas, whose purpose is to support the administration of justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct, enable its members to serve clients and the public better, educate the public about the rule of law, and promote diversity in the administration of justice.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is one of 50 subject-specific legal sections authorized by the State Bar of Texas (others include litigation, bankruptcy, and municipal judges, for example) with a membership of almost 1,200 attorneys. During the year, Roberts will oversee an advanced training course in mediation and arbitration as well as other educational activities for the section.

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management has passed along letters from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Planning Section Chief Mary Beth Meier writes:

We’ve received reports that our testing sites and hospitals are being overwhelmed by people requesting testing and seeking a Negative result as a condition for returning to work by their employer. As you know, this draws significant resources and efforts away from those that need immediate care and diagnosis.

Dr. John Hellerstedt writes:

We know that employers are concerned about the health of their employees, customers, and the community. Recently, we at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have received reports that some employers are requiring their employees to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before they can return to work after an illness. We appreciate your dedication to the health of your employees and our community and can understand the concern.

However, we at DSHS are not recommending COVID-19 testing be required before returning to work. This is in alignment with guidance from the Texas Workforce Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

DSHS recommends that mildly ill individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, like fever or cough, stay at home and take care of themselves there. Many mildly ill people will not need to go to their healthcare provider for testing or treatment. Sick individuals can help prevent the spread of their illness by staying home.

For these individuals, DSHS recommends that they stay home until they are fever-free for at least 72 hours(measured when they are not taking fever-reducing medicine like Advil™, Tylenol™, or aspirin),their symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared. After they have met these criteria, they can return to work.

SHSU’S NEWTON GRESHAM LIBRARY LAUNCHES 2020 COMMUNITY ARCHIVE

Thanks to a new initiative by the Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University and Huntsville community members now have the opportunity to share their stories and experiences by contributing to a digital archive intended to document multiples aspects of 2020.

Headed by Erin Owens, scholarly communications librarian for the NGL, the SHSU Archive of 2020 came to life after examining the projects of other universities who were building COVID-19 archives. She had the urge to do something similar, but broader.

The NGL is currently seeking personal narratives, letters, diary/journal entries, poems, artwork in any medium, photographs, video, audio, etc. There is no limit as to what can be submitted, and they plan to accept material into early 2021.

According to Trent Shotwell, special collections & archives librarian, archives record and preserve historically significant information to provide future generations of researchers with context to specific persons, places and events.

To share your story, and become a part of history, please visit: https://shsulibraryguides.org/2020archive

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports as of Thursday, July 9, among regular residents of Walker County, 496 active cases of coronavirus, 201 recovered and fatalities that remain at 3. Please note that are 41 new community cases since the last report on July 8.

They also report among TDCJ offenders in the County that there were 40 active cases, 1,632 recovered and 28 reported as deceased.

Among TDCJ employees in Walker County, there were 58 active cases and 175 recovered.

The next coronavirus community testing is scheduled on July 22 and 23. Required registration begins 24 hours prior at 1-844-778-2455,

DESTRUCTION OF BIG SAM STATUE THREATENED

The City of Huntsville said in a press release Thursday that the City of Huntsville and the Huntsville Police Department are aware of a threat to the Sam Houston Statue, aka “Big Sam”, on Saturday, July 11.

City Manager Aron Kulhavy said, “We hear you loud and clear.” He said, “Across the board, concerned citizens have reached out to staff about possible protests and threats to tear down the statue. We are fully aware of the situation and are prepared to take all appropriate steps if necessary.”

Kulhavy added there have also been many citizens calling to inquire about how to protect Sam, as a citizen.

To report suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 for emergencies or (936) 435-8001 for non-emergencies.

LETTER FROM HUNTSVILLE ISD COACH SOUTHERN TO HORNET ATHLETES

Huntsville ISD Director of Communications Shannon Duncan passed along to us a letter posted to the Hornet Nation website from Coach Southern to Hornet Athletes which said:

“Monday, July 13th we will reopen our strength and conditioning program. With the newly updated UIL guidelines, each athlete, coach and visitor must have a mask on when entering and exiting the facility. Our previous procedures and protocols for the safety of our athletes remain in place. We will resume the same times and locations as before this closure. Athletes take advantage of the next three weeks.”