Members of President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force addressed the country from the White House on Friday.
Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, in his presentation, singled out a particular demographic he made a plea to . . . .
Our guest on our Around Town program over the weekend was Mayor Pro Tem and Ward #4 Councilmember Joe Rodriguez.
He updated us on a number of projects the City is involved in.
For example, he told us, the City is “in the process of issuing debt for the remodel of City Hall and the Service Center, and in that, we asked the voters and they approved us to issue debt for approximately $22 million . . . .”
At SHSU, one way the university is helping its students, faculty and staff navigate during this time, is by providing a positive avenue to process recent tragic events through a discussion panel presented by the College of Business Administration. The virtual panel discussion will address pre-approved, submitted, anonymous questions in an effort to listen, learn, and better understand one another.
The panel moderator will be SHSU Professor of Management Aneika Simmons. Panelists include Small Business Liaison Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Shell Oil, Brian Hall; SHSU Distinguished Professor of Management Vic Sower; SHSU Associate Professor of Accounting, Cassy Henderson; Assistand Director for Diversity & Intercultural Affairs at SHSU, Jordan Chang and SHSU Student Body President of the Student Government Association, Amanda Lee.
This event is a step towards answering the question, “What do I do now?” The panel discussion will launch on Wednesday, July 1 at 1 p.m. on the SHSUOnline YouTube channel.
Last Friday, President Trump signed a bill to aid in opportunity for federal jobs during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting at the White House . . . .
The president added that, “The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and the talents that you bring to the job. They want it based on merit.” He said, “We looked at merit for a long time, and we’ve been able to get that done.”
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports as of 4 PM Thursday, June 25th, that there were 393 active and recovered cases of coronavirus in the county—that’s 220 active cases and 172 graduated out. Note that there are 19 new community cases since the last report on June 24th. Fatalities remain at three.
TDCJ reports 1,646 active and recovered cases among offenders in the county.
The TDCJ COVID-19 Case Counts website reports that in their facilities statewide among offenders as of Thursday, June 25th, there were 617 active cases of coronavirus; 6,625 recovered; presumed COVID deceased 72 and pending cause 33.
Among TDCJ employees statewide, there were 385 active cases and 908 recovered; presumed COVID deceased 8 and pending cause 0.
The next community testing is July 8, 2020, 9am-6pm at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at www.txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. A valid ID is required at the test site.
Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Governor Abbott said, “As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families.”
In a letter from her office, President Dana Hoyt writes:
“The final phase of our return to operations plan goes into effect July 1. All buildings are expected to be open and the majority of employees will be working on campus. Due to the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and guidance from state leadership as well as health experts, Sam Houston State University is instituting a mandatory face-covering requirement, effective Monday June 29.”
The Huntsville Public Library is committed to maintaining the safety of our community during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Due to being short-staffed, the library will be closed until further notice but will offer curbside service. It started Wednesday, June 24th. Patrons may place items on hold by visiting the library website at www.MyHuntsvilleLibrary.com and logging into an account by entering their library card number and 4 digit PIN. Patrons may also place items on hold by calling the library at 936-291-5472.
During curbside, patrons are limited to five holds at one time per card. When item(s) are ready for pick up, a member of the staff will contact the cardholder. Patrons are asked to wait for staff to contact them before arriving at the library. The hours of curbside pick up are between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Reporters talked with White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow outside the White House Thursday.
There has been a resurgence in coronavirus cases in several states, but Mr. Kudlow says the U-S economy will continue to move forward . . . .