Composed by J.J. Ford

Positive COVID-19 Cases in Shelby County Doubles to 8 Confirmed

April 2, 2020 - Shelby County cases of COVID-19 have doubled from 4 to 8 total cases as of Thursday evening, April 2, 2020. The first confirmed positive case was announced one week ago on March 26th by Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison.

Kerri Shofner, Emergency Management Coordinator, said "We have been informed by The Department of State Health Services of 4 more positive confirmations of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County. This brings the current total case count to 8 for our county. STAY HOME-STAY SAFE!"

Associate Judge Signs Order Suspending Parent-Child, Sibling Visitation Due to COVID-19

April 1, 2020 - A standing order was signed in the Northeast Texas Child Protection Court No. 1 by Associate Judge, Lisa M. Andrews on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 regarding visitation in all child welfare causes before the child protection court of Panola, Shelby, San Augustine, Rusk, Marion, Titus, and Morris Counties.

The order suspends parent-child and sibling visitation to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all parties.

ORDERED that:

SCT's Editorial Concerning Stay-at-Home Order

March 31, 2020 - Shelby County Today has received multiple calls from viewers asking about the stay at home order and after some thought the simplest answer I could come up with was to act as if you are a "grounded teenager who is scared of getting into more trouble with their parents."

As a teenager in the 80s and 90s, when I was grounded that usually entailed no extras. In other words, if I was allowed to go somewhere, I only went there and then straight back home! Mom was timing me and would know if I stopped somewhere I wasn't supposed to.

City of Center Extends Declaration of Local State of Disaster to 30 Days

March 31, 2020 - During Monday's City of Center Council meeting, the City Council took action on continuation and renewal of Declaration of Local State of Disaster due to Public Health Emergency by extending the March 27th signed Local State of Disaster to be effective for 30 days.

The declaration activates the city's emergency management plan and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration; and it alters access to public facilities.

TX Governor Issues Executive Order GA-12 Restricting Travel into Texas

Visit CISA.gov to see if you are an essential personnel.

March 29, 2020 - Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued an executive order, GA 12, on March 29, 2020. The order relates to roadway screening and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 disaster on a statewide basis effective at noon on March 30, 2020.

Below is the travel orders as described in Executive Order GA-12.

Early Voting Preliminary Totals: 2,275 Ballots Cast!

February 28, 2020 - Early voting has ended in the 2020 Primary Election and 2,275 Shelby County residents cast ballots at the end of voting on Friday which surpassed the total number of early voting turnout in 2016 of 1,676 by 599 voters!

Bad weather is forecast for Tuesday, March 3rd election day according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday's forecast is showers and possibly a thunderstorm with a high near 73 and chance of precipitation is 80%.

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