Image: Some children displayed their creativity while they sat home from school as a result of the China virus shutdown.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe and Austin, March 21 – Montgomery County now officially has twelve (12) cases of the China virus, also known as the coronavirus or the Kung Flu, The Golden Hammer has confirmed. That’s an increase of only three cases since yesterday.
Republican and Democratic Runoff Elections
Governor Greg Abbott yesterday (Friday, March 20) issued a proclamation postponing the Runoff Primary Election until Tuesday, July 14, 2020 — the same date as the special election for Texas State Senate District 14. The runoff election was originally scheduled for May 26 but has been postponed in conjunction with the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The postponement of this election serves to help fulfill the Governor’s recent executive orders mandating certain obligation for Texans that are aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, including the encouragement of social distancing. Holding the runoff in May would cause the congregation of large gatherings of people in confined spaces and cause numerous election workers to come into close proximity with others.
Early voting for the postponed Runoff Primary Election will begin Monday, July 6, 2020.
Governor Abbott briefs legislators: no shelter in place order anticipated in Texas
Governor Abbott briefed Texas legislators by telephone conference yesterday. Governor Abbott made clear that there will be no shelter in place order in Texas, according to State Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) who participated in the call.
Opening pharmacy regulations, suspending residential evictions
Governor Abbott announced that he is temporarily suspending certain regulations to ensure that Texans will have continued access to their pharmacists as the state responds to COVID-19. The Governor’s actions will allow pharmacists to conduct telephonic consultations, and remove regulatory barriers so that pharmacies can operate at full strength.
“As Texas responds to the COVID-19 challenge, we are doing all we can to minimize disruptions to daily life and continue the essential services that Texans need,” said Governor Abbott. “Pharmacists are vital, and suspending these regulations will allow them to focus on serving their patients.”
Governor Abbott issued the following statement after the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order suspending residential eviction proceedings through April 19, 2020, unless there is a threat of physical harm or criminal activity:
“This decision by the Texas Supreme Court offers a lifeline to many Texans who are beginning to feel the economic impact of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “Temporarily suspending residential eviction proceedings will provide Texans whose personal income has been affected by the spread of this virus with greater flexibility to meet their housing needs and provide for their families. I thank the Texas Supreme Court for its swift action on this matter.”