Joint county COVID-19 team begins daily updates

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The five-county response team will be releasing daily updates at 3 p.m.

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The following information from the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center summarizes activities and developments related to COVID-19 in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton and Orange counties:

Positive for COVID-19 – 9 total

·       Beaumont – 6

·       Lumberton – 1

·       Silsbee – 1

·       Orange – 1

Total calls received by Call Center – 648

·       107 have been referred for testing (since call center opened on 3/20)

·       14 tested at drive-through site today

·       Tests are averaging about 5 minutes per patient

The Call Center will continue to be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are experiencing symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) or you believe you have been exposed to an infected individual, you can call 409-550-2536 to be evaluated for testing.

If you are looking for information about COVID-19, please do not call the Call Center. You can call 211 option 6 or visit SETINFO.ORG

The Hardin County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office, County Clerk’s Office, and District Clerk’s Office, will close at 4:00 pm each effective immediately. It is strongly recommended that you call the Department you wish to visit before you attempt to visit the Courthouse by calling (409) 246-5200. The Tax Office will serve customers at its drive-thru window and they are in the process of installing an outdoor drop-box, which can be utilized once installed.