Local Resources for COVID-19 in East Texas
The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) provides Disease Surveillance activities within the East Texas counties of Smith, Gregg, Wood, Rains, Van Zandt, Henderson, and Anderson.https://www.mynethealth.org/coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR1w4eo6U8uUEoARmORQd1wBn6KvZ9L0cBs8wX69365Yd1Eppb9H1b1r5B8
Texas Department of Agriculture Resource Guide:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E-fmLXuRvhYT_7A4txPFUUQNYZ-C4lbtgBBzvw8lKzM/edit
The CDC website: https://www.coronavirus.gov/
MEMORANDUM FOR: Hawkins Citizens, Visitors, Business and Community Leaders
Over the past month,our community has seen the emergence of COVID-19bring the world as we know it to a stop.We are witnessing international, national and state emergencies. These emergencies are resulting in widespread travel cancellations, cancellation of events, mandatory social distancing guidance to no more than 10 people in a gathering at one time, closing of all non-essential businesses, restaurants resorting to take out/drive-thru only, school cancellations and much more. Many of our citizens, as well as many outside our community, are working from home and practicing social distancing to help slow down the spread of this harmful virus.
The Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce will be closing our doors, but we will continue to work from home to provide information as well as be resource for our members to contact.In accordance with guidelines set forth in a memorandum dated April 1, 2020 at 8:05 a.m. by Wood County Hebron, an excerpt of the "Amended Order of the Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency For Wood County Texas":"Summary: The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community,this Amended Order requires all individuals anywhere in Wood County to stay at home-except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This Amended Order takes effect at 1:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020 and will continue through to the date on which the Governor terminates the Texas Disaster Declaration subject to any limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below...".Bottom line up front: Stay at Home
unless you need something essential. For the full amended order that Judge Hebron pushed out, please go to https://www.hawkinschamber.org and scroll down to the bottom of the web page and click on library. The document
is located in the library.
The Chamber/Small Business Incubator office is closed effective April 1, 2020, but we are still working for our members during this time in several different ways:
- We have postponed the Annual Easter in the Park for a date to be determined in the future.
- We have postponed our Bark in the Park (raise funds for Hawkins Dog Shelter) for a date to be determined in the future.
- We are working with our webpage provider on improving our website to include a link forCOVID-19 update.
- We are working with our webpage provider to publish links for businesses/citizens to contact for assistance (financial, food, medical, etc.).
- Our Chamber Board, when needed, will come together via emails or phone calls to handle any needs that arise.
- We are researching the process on how to become an affiliate with "Keep Texas Beautiful" and will provide more information on that as it becomes clearer.
Your Board of Directors are committed to working with our members during this event. We are pushing out information on our Facebook
page as well as webpage on organizations to contact to assist with any needs that arise. We will be emailing our members to see how we can be of assistance.
We know in this time, the financial stress can seem devastating to our small business owners and our citizens. Please contact us through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 903-769-4482 and let us know what you need. Communication is the key. If we don't know we can't help.
The Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce Team
President, Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce(903-769-4482)