Tina Knowles Lawson shares her partnership with the BeyGood Foundation to bring Covid-19 relief to the city of Houston.
We all are aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses. Business owners are carrying the weight of monthly bills, payroll, and taxes while their businesses have been shuttered and their income shattered. Some have even been victims of crime.
As the top law enforcement official in Harris County, be advised that prosecutors and police are working 24/7 to identify, capture and prosecute criminals who have taken advantage of the crisis to further harm business owners and customers.
As we work from home, everyone can help by patronizing local businesses. When you need something, I am urging you to purchase it locally from a small business or a company that is Harris County or Texas-based.
Some ways we can help our small local businesses are:
- Buying gift cards from SPAs, cleaning services, restaurants, clothing stores as gifts or for personal use later.
- Check favorite local restaurants’ websites for take-out or special ingredient packages for special occasions now being celebrated at home.
- If you can, keep paying for on-going services like housekeepers, pet care, personal trainers, gyms, nail or hair salons who will likely be willing to return the support once re-opened.
As a part of my campaign, we will periodically let you know about local vendors who are (partially) open for business. This is not intended as an endorsement, just our way of trying to help the great people of our local economic engine.
DA Kim Ogg
Since the Coronavirus arrived in America people have been panicking to stock up on supplies in fear of the worse happening during the stay at home order.
First, there was a run on the grocery stores where everything disappeared from hand sanitizer to toilet paper.
Then I noticed all of the bicycles were sold out at places like Walmart, Target, and Academy.
Now, you can add three more items to that growing list which also included home exercise equipment.
If you make a stop at the stores that remain fully open you’ll notice they’ve sold out of computer printers and laptops.
A sales associate at Walmart says those items are all but gone because so many students are learning at home while parents are also working from home.
I also noticed many small appliances are starting to disappear off the shelves.
That list includes everything microwaves to air fryers and even the old school conventional ovens.
It’s likely because more people are spending time at home and they’re choosing to prepare their own meals.
We also can’t forget the fact many restaurants are closed or are doing only curbside service.
So what have you bought since the stay at home order around the country?
WHILE MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, AND HOUSTON ARE GETTING LOTS OF ATTENTION BECAUSE OF COVID 19 – SOME SMALLER MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE GETTING THE SIDE EYE.
PLACES LIKE WALLER COUNTY, TEXAS… IT’S WHERE RESIDENTS RECEIVED THEIR FIRST TEMPORARY TESTING SITE FROM THE STATE JUST LAST WEEK…
A COMMUNITY OF 50-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED ONLY 120 TESTS.
ISIAH CAREY INTERVIEWED WALLER COUNTY JUDGE TREY DUHON ON ISIAH FACTOR UNCENSORED!
Two important developments from Walmart today showing how the company is supporting its associates and their local communities.
First, Walmart associates in Texas received a bonus in their paychecks today adding up to $18.87 million statewide. In all, Walmart gave associates $180 million in bonuses nationwide today.
When combined with the $365 million announced earlier this month, the company has committed close to $550 million in bonus payouts to its men and women serving on the front lines of these unprecedented times.
Second, Walmart announced today it reached its goal ofhiring an additional 200,000 associates nationwide.
Not only has the company helped provide work for almost a quarter million people impacted by COVID-19, they did so in less than six weeks.
This morning, Kevin Lawrence, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, released the following statement in response to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s local order requiring the wearing of masks under penalty of fine or imprisonment:
“To the Sheriff, Constables and all Police Chiefs of Harris County:
The Texas Municipal Police Association, and our members of the local law enforcement associations listed below, in conjunction with the Houston Police Officers’ Union and the Harris County Deputies’ Organization, implore you not to instruct, direct or even permit your law enforcement officers to enforce County Judge Hidalgo’s executive order regarding citizens wearing masks during this pandemic.
It is not that we disagree with the need for the masks; in fact, we absolutely believe them to be a valuable tool against the spread of the virus and we encourage everyone to wear one when outside their homes. Our members also believe we can be of great service in distributing masks to those who cannot obtain them elsewhere and educate the public on their importance.
However, threatening to have people cited and even jailed for not wearing protective clothing–especially in a county that refuses to prosecute a large percentage of actual criminals–is tremendously bad public policy. Such a mandate will only serve to erode the relationship between our law enforcement officers and the citizens they serve in a time when law and order and public safety has never been more important.
IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE LOCKED IN YOUR HOUSE IT APPEARS THERE’S A LOT OF DRINKING GOING ON IN AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.
NIELSEN RESEARCH IS REPORTING ONLINE ALCOHOL SALES SURGED TO A WHOPPING 441% SINCE COVID 19.
A STUDY ALSO SHOWS SALES AT BRICK AND MORTAR STORES HAVE SHOT UP BY 55%.
WE WENT OUT TO CHAT WITH JASPREET SIDHU AT GARY’S LIQUOR ON I-45 AT OAK RIDGE NORTH NEAR THE WOODLANDS.
Montgomery County will have a mobile COVID-19 Testing Site on Monday, April 27 from 9AM-6PM. Tests will be conducted by appointment only at 19115 David Memorial Dr. Shenandoah, TX 77385.
To register for an appointment visit www.txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. See informational flyer below.
City of Galveston, Texas – Government to reopen beaches on limited basis starting Monday
In a split vote, the Galveston City Council on Thursday voted to reopen the city’s beaches for three hours each morning to pedestrian traffic only.
The beaches will be open from 6 AM to 9 AM each day. But only people who are walking along the beach, jogging or surfing would be allowed.
No one would be allowed to set up a beach towel and umbrellas and hang out during that time.
The limited reopening begins at 6 AM Monday (4/27/2020).
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, can confirm multiple cases of COVID-19 are in residents of two nursing homes in Montgomery County, Park Manor of Conroe and Park Manor of The Woodlands. Both facilities are home to 21 of our 467 cases, including the man in his 80s whose death was confirmed earlier today.
After learning of the first positive case at Park Manor of Conroe, management of the facility proactively had every resident and staff member tested for COVID-19. The tests resulted in 17 positive results: 15 residents and 2 employees. One of those residents is hospitalized.
Regarding Park Manor of The Woodlands, 4 people have tested positive: 3 residents and 1 employee. One of those residents has passed away. The other two are in the hospital.
Both facilities are taking extra precautions based on CDC guidelines and are in regular communication with Montgomery County Public Health District in adherence with state and federal law. Park Manor facilities are managed by HMG Healthcare, LLC. For additional questions regarding this release, please contact Leticia Caballero at Leticia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details on all Montgomery County cases can be found here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/.