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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 12 noon Wednesday, July 1st, there were among regular county residents 499 active and recovered cases of Coronavirus—that’s 310 active cases and 186 recovered. Please note that there were 34 new community cases since the last report on June 30th.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 37 active and 1,600 recovered cases reported. Fatalities from COVID are reported at 28.

Among employees at Walker County units, there were 37 active cases reported with 166 recovered.

The next community testing is July 8, 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. A valid ID is required at the test site. Registration begins 48 hours prior.

For more information statewide, go to the TDCJ Medical Action Center website.

Please note that the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that “Tuesday marked the highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases for the state to date with more than 7,000 new cases reported.”

POLICE NEWS

On Monday’s day shift, a theft was reported in the 400 block of State Highway 75 North where an unknown suspect stole flags. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 3000 block of Sam Houston Avenue.  A theft was reported in the 1300 block of Avenue O. In the 200 block of State Highway 75 North, Willis King was cited for assault by touch.

On the night shift Monday, a search warrant was obtained for a residence in the 300 block of Johnson Road where 9 firearms were secured as evidence. Possibly known suspects damaged a vehicle in the 600 block of 7th Street. In an aggravated robbery case, an unknown person entered a business in the 1500 block of Sam Houston Avenue and stole cash while displaying a firearm. At 19th and Sam Houston Avenue, Nicole Perry was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. In the 1000 block of MLK Drive, Bobby Glen Hunter was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender.

On Tuesday’s day shift, two vehicles burglaries were investigated—one in the 500 block of Bowers Boulevard and a second in the 500 block of University Avenue. A known suspect assaulted a person in the 1300 block of 21st Street.

CONGRESSMAN BRADY COMMENTS ON THE USMCA AGREEMENT ENTERING INTO FORCE

The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, our congressman, Kevin Brady, has released a statement marking the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement’s entry into force.

He said, “The new USMCA is crucial to the economic future of America and Texas. 

“President Trump’s achievement in negotiating a modernized and effective trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, our largest trading partners, has opened more opportunities for American goods and services and created a more level playing field for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. 

“This new agreement will bring good jobs back to America and increase paychecks for our workers – which is vital for our economic recovery in the face of COVID-19.”

UPDATE ON SBA SPENDING

The House Small Business Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the status of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program which was started to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Congresswoman and Chairman of the committee, Nydia Velazquez, addressed Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance of the Small Business Administration James Rivera.

She asked Mr. Rivera, “SBA received approximately $2.7 billion in funding for salaries and expenses. To fulfill your mission to deliver the Paycheck Protection Program. Emergency Injury Disaster Loans and other agency programs to struggling small businesses, what portion was allocated to the Office of Disaster Assistance? How much has been spent, and what has been the biggest cost driver? . . .”

FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM AT SHSU EARNS A HIGH 2020 RANKING

For the fourth consecutive year, LendEDU has recognized the Student Money Management Center at Sam Houston State University among the 50 best financial literacy programs in the nation for 2020.

The study looked at hundreds of colleges and universities that are known to have a financial literacy program. The rankings were based on the parameters: number of workshops and resources available; access to one-on-one financial consultation and incentivizing programs available.

The SHSU Student Money Management Center is a financial outreach and educational program administered by the Division of Enrollment Management, and their mission is to encourage students to think about their personal finances and ultimately achieve financial independence.

SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO COMMENTS ON THE HONG KONG SITUATION

As was mentioned yesterday on our news. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, reminded us that coming up this July 4th holiday, we should be thankful for our freedom. Congressman McCarthy also talked about the new restrictions on the freedoms of citizens of Hong Kong.

In a news conference Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also referenced the situation. He said, “Yesterday the Chinese Communist Party implemented its draconian National Security Law on Hong Kong in violation to the commitment that it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in a U-N registered treaty and in contravention of Hong Kongers’ human rights and fundamental freedoms . . . .

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports as of nine Tuesday morning, June 30, among local regular residents, 464 active and recovered cases of coronavirus—that’s 294 active cases and 170 recovered. There have been 12 new community cases since the last report on June 27.

Among offenders at TDCJ in the county, there were 34 active cases and 1,604 recovered with 28 deceased.

Again, a reminder that the next community testing is set for July 8, 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. Valid ID is required at the test site. Registration begins 48 hours prior.

The TDCJ COVID-19 Case Counts website reports among offenders statewide on Monday, June 29, 1,013 active cases; 6,790 recovered; 79 presumed COVID deceased and pending cause 33.

Among TDCJ employees statewide, there were 527 active cases; 928 recovered; presumed COVID deceased 8 and pending cause 0.

HUNTSVILLE ISD OFFERING LEARNING/OPTIONS MODELS THIS YEAR

Huntsville ISD will be offering Learning/Options Models for instruction this school year.

  • In a letter to parents Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard said, “Parents will be able to choose the model of instruction that best suits your child’s individual needs and family situation. We are doing everything possible to balance safety, quality learning, and the individual needs of our students and parents. To be clear, we plan to offer ALL THREE MODELS simultaneously so you may choose what works best for you and your child.”
    • Model A = Traditional: In-Person Face-to-Face Instruction in a Traditional School Setting with new health protocols such as social distancing, smaller class sizes, fewer large group interactions during the school day, face coverings as appropriate, etc. Best suited for students needing daily, face-to-face instruction from teachers to succeed in school, and parents who are unable to supervise or care for children during the school day. Available to students in all grade levels.
    • Model B = Structured Online: Daily Online School following a set schedule for each course/subject with students logging in at specific times every school day, during traditional school hours.  Synced to Model A with lessons & assignments following the exact same schedule as face-to-face students. Model B is only available to students in grade 3-12 per state regulations. Best suited for students needing daily scheduled instruction to succeed in school, and parents wishing to limit exposure due to health concerns who are also able to provide supervision in home for younger children during the school day.
    • Model C = Unstructured/Flexible Online: Daily Online School with a flexible schedule featuring self-paced online courses with intermittent teacher instruction. Suitable for students with an ability to succeed in a less structured remote learning environment.  More parental involvement will be required, especially for younger students.  Parents wishing to limit exposure due to health concerns but unable to choose Model B may find this model suitable, especially because of the flexible schedule – giving working parents an opportunity to help students in the evenings.  Available to students in all grade levels.

They are also awaiting more clarification for what’s ahead for Texas schools from the state. You can find more information on the District’s website huntsville-isd.org,