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WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING MONDAY

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District will hold a special meeting, open to the public, on Monday, August 10 at 5 PM at the Walker County Hospital District Conference Room Via Go To Meeting Live conferencing.

The Board will review and discuss the Purchase Service Agreement between the Huntsville Community Hospital and the District.

They will review and discuss the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Huntsville, Walker County and the District associated with COVID-19 testing.

They will also consider approving final documents.

To join this meeting, you may dial in using your phone:

United States:1-646-749-3129

Access Code:273-951-581

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Thursday, August 6, at 4 PM, there were, in the county, 696 active cases of coronavirus, with 476 recovered and 6 deceased. There were 15 new community cases reported on August 5th.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 72 active cases reported with 1,893 recovered.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 105 active cases reported with 277 recovered.

The next community testing dates are August 11, 15, 18 and 25, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms to do not have to be present to test. Registration will be performed on-site. A valid I-D is required at the test site.

TEXAS SALES TAX HOLIDAY IS AUGUST 7-9

With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday today, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

The law exempts sales tax on qualified items such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The date of the sales tax holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

KELLYANNE CONWAY COMMENTS ON WHY PRESIDENT NOT PRESENT AT STIMULUS NEGOTIATIONS

During a short press briefing on the White House grounds Thursday, Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway was asked by a reporter why the president isn’t personally on-site in the stimulus negotiations . . . .

Stimulus negotiation talks appear to be stalled. On Thursday, the president tweeted that he requested that his staff begin work on an executive order focused on several areas of concern being discussed for a future stimulus.

NORTHBOUND I-45 CLOSURE AT EXIT 102

Northbound IH-45 will be closed at Exit 102 from 11:00 PM Friday, August 7, 2020 until 5:00 AM Saturday, August 8, 2020, weather permitting. All northbound IH-45 traffic must exit using Exit 102, FM 1375 and travel to SH 75 in New Waverly.  Northbound SH 75 traffic may access northbound IH-45 at the temporary entrance ramp located between the SH 75 Exit Ramp (Exit 112) and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.

NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR SHSU FALL SEMESTER

Sam Houston State University’s campus will look a little different this fall. As students, employees and faculty prepare for the semester, it is important they be aware of the changes SHSU has made to keep all Bearkats healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

Dr. Drew Miller, executive director of Counseling and Health Services at SHSU, says:

Sam Houston State now requires cloth face coverings, both indoors and outdoors, on campus, unless you are in a private space like your residence hall or when wearing one is impractical, such as eating. Information about the university’s face covering policy can be found at shsu.edu/katsafe/face-coverings.

You will also see a lot of signage pertaining to social distancing, such as floor markers and signs showing available seating in common spaces. Please follow these requirements in order to practice proper social distancing.

If you are a student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you need to self-report to the Student Health Center by calling 936-294-1805. If you are a university employee, call your doctor right away and follow up with your supervisor. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-report on the university’s coronavirus page at: shsu.edu/coronavirus.

NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES AFTER NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

The Attorney General of New York has launched a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association regarding financial misconduct and misuse of charitable funds. She seeks an order to entirely dissolve the NRA . . . .

NRA President Carolyn Meadows told Forbes magazine, “It’s a transparent attempt to score political points and attack the leading voice in opposition to the leftist agenda. This has been a power grab by a political opportunist—a desperate move that is part of a rank political vendetta. Our members won’t be intimidated or bullied in their defense of political and constitutional freedom.”

GOVERNOR PROVIDES UPDATE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR SCHOOLS

Governor Greg Abbott today visited the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s (TDEM) Warehouse in San Antonio where he provided an update on the state’s distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Texas school districts for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Governor noted that the state will continue to purchase and distribute PPE to schools at no cost to the school districts.
The Governor also discussed the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) guidance for school openings—noting that local school boards have the ability to determine how and when to open for in-person instruction.
The state has already distributed the following to Texas schools:
59,410,640 masks
567,948 gallons of hand sanitizer
24,017 thermometers
511,294 face shields

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that on Wednesday, August 5, at 4 PM, that in the county there were 682 active cases of coronavirus reported, with 475 recovered and 6 deceased.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 69 active cases with 1,896 recovered.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 105 active cases and 276 recovered.

The next community testing dates are August 11, 15, 18 and 25, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test. Registration will be performed on-site. A valid I-D is required at the test site.

COUNCILMEMBERS CONSIDER RAISE FOR THEMSELVES

There was an item on Tuesday night’s city council agenda, requested by At-large Position #2 Councilmember Dee Howard, asking the council to consider a councilmember pay increase of $100 per meeting and the approval of an ordinance ordering a special election to amend the City Charter regarding councilmember pay.

Ms. Howard addressed the council on the matter. . . .

One of councilmembers speaking out against the pay raise request was Ward #1 Councilmember Daiquiri Beebe . . . .

Councilmembers Howard, Montgomery and Irving voted for the pay raise. The remaining councilmembers voted against it. It was not approved.

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