As coronavirus cases continue to grow, we are doing our part to help "flatten the curve" and protect the health and safety of our staff and our community. Our office will be temporarily closed until further notice, but we will be working remotely to serve our community. You may reach us via email; please be patient in regards to the timing of our responses. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and provide you with frequent updates via Facebook. We have setup this dedicated page on our website where we share resources that may be of value to you. We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times.
A Message of HOPE...
Click the image below to see a video of some of our local nonprofits.
Links to Helpful and Reliable Resources
Additional information and resources...
Texas Health and Human Services encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals
to community resources to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Viral Facebook Post about United Way Funding (from United Ways of Texas)
A posting has gone viral about a United Way fund providing direct financial assistance to those affected by COVID-19. Thanks to the philanthropic community in Indianapolis, a COVID-19 fund was set up just for individuals in that community.
Please disregard any social media post directing people to call a 1-866 number for assistance from "The United Way COVID-19 Fund" as this relates to the Indianapolis fund and goes to Indiana 211. If you need assistance related to COVID, please call 211 to be connected to resources in your own community.
UWT is in the process of setting up a page with links to all Texas COVID-19 United Way funds. We will post the link when it is live.
Orange County Annoucements
March 24th Daily Briefing
BEAUMONT, Texas – The following information from the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center summarizes activities and developments related to COVID-19 in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton and Orange counties:
Positive for COVID-19 – 9 total
· Beaumont – 6
· Lumberton – 1
· Silsbee – 1
· Orange – 1
Total calls received by Call Center – 648
· 107 have been referred for testing (since call center opened on 3/20)
· 14 tested at drive-through site today
· Tests are averaging about 5 minutes per patient
The Call Center will continue to be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are experiencing symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) or you believe you have been exposed to an infected individual, you can call 409-550-2536 to be evaluated for testing.
Second Amended Emergency Order
Third Amended Emergency Order
Protocol for COVID-19 Testing (from Orange County Emergency Management)
There has been conflicting information shared about testing for COVID-19.
First priority is to make sure a person calls their primary care physician or the medical facility they choose to use. Let them know your symptoms and find out what protocol they are using for medical facility entrance. We discourage persons from sitting in waiting rooms exposing others to ANY illnesses. You will be tested for flu, strep and other illnesses before going directly to COVID-19 testing. This will alleviate random panic testing and overuse of resources. This is allergy season and we still have people testing positive for various flu strands.
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but do not have symptoms, you should self-quarantine for 14 days and take your temperature twice a day. Always err on the side of caution.
Important update for workers in Texas who are impacted by COVID-19
Learn more and get updates by visiting:
COVID-19 Texas Unemployment Benefit News
You can now get paid #Unemployment Insurance Benefits sooner.
The Office of the Governor Greg Abbott has waived the waiting week, allowing the #Texas Workforce Commission to pay your UI benefits sooner during #COVID19. Find out more at https://twc.texas.gov/news/twc-waives-certain-requirements-unemployment-...
Notice About Drivers Licenses and Other Forms of ID
Governor Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to temporarily waive all expiration dates for driver licenses, commercial licenses, and other identification forms. Please do not try to renew your licenses at this time and remain diligent in distancing yourself from large groups.
Waiving certain vehicle registration, titling, and parking placard regulations in Texas (from the Office of the Govenor)
TX continues to implement a comprehensive plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 – including strategies to reduce preventable in-person contact.
No STARR testing this school year (from the Office of the Govenor)
Governor Abbott has announced he is waiving the State of TX Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, he is requesting that the Department of Education waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year.
Stop the Spread
COVID-19 Symptoms vs. Flu and Cold
7 Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Maintaining Normalcy (from Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas)
Older adults and people with disabilities and underlying medical conditions can experience more stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak than other people. Find ways to reduce your stress and anxiety:
• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Connect with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Learn more about stress and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://bit.ly/39UVoEj
Save the Children
Here's a link to resources to help children and families during this uncertain time.
Orange County Past Updates...
April 5, 2020
April 4, 2020
April 3, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 1, 2020
March 31, 2020
March 30, 2020
March 29, 2020
March 28, 2020
March 27, 2020