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    Juan Rodriguez, Jr.

    County Judge, Jim Wells County
    200 N. Almond Street, Ste. 101
    Alice, Texas 78332

    jwccountyjudge@co.jim-wells.tx.us
    Phone:  361-668-5706, Press 1
    Fax:  361-668-8671

    Date of Notice: June 22, 2020

    Supplemental Emergency Order
    Related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    Whereas, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108, Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriquez, Jr. issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency on March 14, 2020, due to the imminent threat arising from the Coronavirus (COVID-19); and,

    WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, in accordance with Texas Government Code Section 418.108(b), the Commissioners Court of Jim Wells County issued an Order of Continuance of Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency that affirmed the activation of the Jim Wells County Emergency Management Plan and extends the Declaration of Local Disaster; and,

    WHEREAS, Jim Wells County and the surrounding counties have seen an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and the State of Texas has not shown a downard trajectory since Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-026 and June 03, 2020; and,

    WHEREAS, the State of Texas and the County of Jim Wells must protect lives while restoring livelihoods, both of which can be achieved with the expert advice of medical and business leaders; and,

    WHEREAS, the ongoing evaluation of circumstances involving the moderate to substantial spread of the virus and the updated recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services warrant the Order to be amended; and,

    WHEREAS, the County Judge has determined that extraordinary emergency measures are necessary to be taken to continue with the mitigation of this public health emergency, facilitate a cooperative response amongst the citizens of Jim Wells County, and reopen the aforementioned business and industrial aspects of the County of Jim Wells; and,

    WHEREAS, in accordance with Executive Order GA-26, failure to comply with any of Governor Abbott's executive orders issued during the COVID-19 disaster is an offense punishable under Section 418.173 by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 and may be subject to regulatory enforcement;

    THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE TEXAS DISASTER ACT OF 1975, JIM WELLS COUNTY JUDGE JUAN RODRIGUEZ, JR. HEREBY ISSUES THIS SUPPLEMENTAL EMERGENCY ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

    EFFECTIVE AS OF 12:01 P.M. ON JUNE 22, 2020,
    MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE AND OCCUPANCY OF PREMISES

    All persons over the age of three (3) should wear some form of covering over their mouth and nose, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when obtaining or providing covered services.  It is highly encouraged and recommended that all persons, when in a public place where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve close proximity with other persons; when on parking lots; when using public transportation, taxis, or ride services; when pumping gas; when providing take-out, curbside, or drive-thru services.

    This recommendation shall not apply to persons that are; engaging in a permissible outside physical activity (unless within six feet of another person); persons driving or riding in a personal vehicle during essential or reopened activities; persons that are alone in a separate single room or office space; persons that are with their own residence, including household members; persons with medical conditions that when covering the nose and mouth may pose a greater health, safety or security risk; persons that are not covering for consumption of food and beverage.  No civil or criminal penalty may be imposed against a person for failure to wear a face covering.

    NOTE: MEDICAL GRADE MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED AND ARE DISCOURAGED TO THE EXTENT THAT SUCH USE MAY DISRUPT THE SUPPLY OF MEDICAL GRADE MASKS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ESSENTIAL WORKFORCE.  COVERING NOSE AND MOUTH CAN ONLY DIMINISH THE CHANCE OF EXPOSURE AND PARTIALLY PREVENT SYMPTOMATIC PERSONS WITH COVID-19 FROM UNKNOWINGLY EXPOSING AND OR SPREADING THE DISEASE.

    It is highly encourage and recommended that all person shelter-at-home, unless obtaining or providing for essential or reopened services.  All persons shall minimize social gathering; minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.  Individuals should conduct personal activities in compliance with recommended guidelines including maintaining six feet physical distancing; washing hands with soap and water for at lease twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneezes; cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands; and covering mouth and nose.

    All Commercial/Retail Business Establishments operating in Jim Wells County that are not CISA services or religious services, and that are providing goods and services directly to the public must develop and implement "Health and Safety Practices" that require employees and customers to follow additional hygiene measures.  The Health and Safety Practices must require, at a minimum, that all employees or customers on the premises or other facilities of a Commercial/Retail Business Establishment wear some form of covering over their mouth and nose, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or to customers where six feet of separation is not feasible.  The Health and Safety Practices required to be developed and implemented by this Order may also include additional mitigating measures designed to control and reduce the transmission of COVID-19, such as temperature checks or health screenings.  Commercial/Retail Business Establishments must post the Health and Safety Practices required by this Order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and customers of the Health and Safety requirements.  Failure to develop and implement Health and Safety Practices as required by this Order by 12:01 a.m. on June 26, 2020. may result in a fine against the Commercial/Retail Business Establishment, not to exceed $1,000 dollars for each violation.

    In accordance with the Guidelines from the President, the CDC, and Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-26, people over the age of 65, are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain appropriate physical distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous fourteen (14) days; and, if leaving the home, to implement physical distancing and to practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation. People shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long¬term care facilities should follow infection control policies and practices set forth by the HHSC, including minimizing the movement of staff between facilities as appropriate.

    This Order shall remain in full force and effect, unless it is modified, rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law, the status of COVID-19 in the County of Jim Wells, Texas, and/or recommendations of the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas. This Order supersedes prior Orders, and in the event of a conflict or apparent conflict between the Orders, this Order shall control.

    The County of Jim Wells must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the Jim Wells County website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy.

    This Order is in addition to the executive orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott. As such, to the extent that this County Order may be inconsistent with any orders issued by the Governor, then the Governor's Order shall control, but only to the extent this order may not restrict essential services or reopened services, allow gatherings prohibited by Executive Order GA-26, or expand essential services or reopened services set forth in Executive Order GA-26.

    If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.

    ORDERED this 22nd, day of June 2020.

    Juan Rodriguez, Jr., County Judge
    Jim Wells County

     

    ATTACHMENT: Supplemental Emergency Order Related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency(Updated 6/24/2020)

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    Juan Rodriguez, Jr.

    County Judge, Jim Wells County
    200 N. Almond Street, Ste. 101
    Alice, Texas 78332

    jwccountyjudge@co.jim-wells.tx.us
    Phone:  361-668-5706, Press 1
    Fax:  361-668-8671

    Date of Notice: April 7, 2020

    Jim Wells County Emergency Management Coordinator
    Protective Gear (Masks)

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

    Jim Wells County is urging all residents of Jim Wells County to strictly follow the latest CDC advisory (see link above) regarding Protective Gear (Masks). All citizens are encouraged to voluntarily comply with the directive to wear protective gear. In order to comply with the directive please adhere to the following:

    Except as provided herein, all persons over the age of five (5) are required to wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when: entering into or inside of any building open to the public; or when pumping gas.

    This Section shall not apply to persons that are:

    1. engaging in a permissible outside physical activity;
    2. that are riding in a personal vehicle;
    3. that are in alone in a separate single space;
    4. that are with their own shelter group (household members);
    5. when doing so poses a greater health, safety or security risk;
    6. or for consumption purposes.

    The intent of this Order is to protect the physical health and well-being of Jim Wells County citizens and to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. This request is a proactive measure being taken for the health and safety of the citizens of Jim Wells County, Texas. Jim Wells County will monitor voluntary compliance beginning Tuesday, April 7, 2020. If it appears that residents are not voluntarily complying with this request, then the Jim Wells County Commissioners’ Court reserves the right to address this matter by way of a formal order (punishable by a fine not to exceed $500) at its next regular meeting.

    DSHS has set up a hotline if you have any questions about COVID-19 and are looking for information on how to get tested at (956) 421-5505. Please continue to take all local, county, CDC and Texas DSHS recommended precautions to keep your family safe. Be safe everyone and let’s get through this together..

     

     

    Juan Rodriguez, Jr., County Judge
    Jim Wells County

     

    You can follow all the latest information of COVID-19 at these reliable sources:

     

     

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    Juan Rodriguez, Jr.

    County Judge, Jim Wells County
    200 N. Almond Street, Ste. 101
    Alice, Texas 78332

    jwccountyjudge@co.jim-wells.tx.us
    Phone:  361-668-5706, Press 1
    Fax:  361-668-8671

    Date of Notice: April 3, 2020

    On Friday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez and Jim Wells County Emergency Management Coordinator Juan Acuña were notified of another positive case of COVID-19. This is officially the second positive case in Jim Wells County.

    This second individual is a resident of the county and is a 20-25 year old female that was positively identified through a private resource lab and it is unknown at this time if this is travel related or through community spread. Personal information, such as exact location, is protected under the HIPPA Privacy Rule, and as such, those details will not be released now or for any future COVID-19 cases.

    Our officials and staff continue to work very closely with our neighboring counties and state health services department. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will conduct case investigations on this, and all positive COVID-19, cases that arise and ensure proper isolation and 14-day quarantine is strictly adhered to. In addition, DSHS will be sure family members stay isolated and quarantined as well and will be sure the family has supplies needed to be able to stay at home and follow protocol.

    This is just another reminder that this virus is in our neighborhood and with more testing being done, the more likely it will be to get another positive case. With this knowledge, citizens are urged to continue to adhere to the Order to Stay At Home, social distance and routinely wash hands and cover/block your sneeze and coughs.

    DSHS has set up a hotline if you have any questions about COVID-19 and are looking for information on
    how to get tested at (956) 421-5505.

    Please continue to take all local, county, CDC and Texas DSHS recommended precautions to keep your
    family safe.

    Be safe everyone and let’s get through this together.

     

    Juan Rodriguez, Jr., County Judge
    Jim Wells County

     

    You can follow all the latest information of COVID-19 at these reliable sources:

     

     

  • DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
    Date of Notice: 03/14/2020
    Jim Wells County, 200 N. Almond St., Alice, Texas 78332, (361) 668-5706

    WHEREAS, beginning in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated as COVID-19, was detected in mainland China, and has since spread throughout the world; and

    WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 2020; and

    WHEREAS, extraordinary measure must be taken to contain COVID-19 and prevent its spread throughout Jim Wells County, Texas; and

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE COUNTY JUDGE OF JIM WELLS COUNTY, TEXAS:

    1. That a state of disaster is declared for Jim Wells County, Texas, pursuant to section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.
    2. That the County's Emergency Management Plan has been implemented.
    3. That this state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days of the date hereof, unless the same is continued by consent of the Commissioners' Court of the County of Jim Wells, Texas.
    4. That this proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.

    ORDER this the 14th day of March, 2020.

     

     

    Juan Rodriguez, Jr., County Judge
    Jim Wells County



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