SETX officials announce COVID-19 hotline

Subhead

Residents can call (409) 550-2536 if they have symptoms and think they need to be tested. A representative will screen callers to determine whether a test is necessary.

  • SETX officials hold a press conference at the Jefferson County Courthouse March 19.
    SETX officials hold a press conference at the Jefferson County Courthouse March 19.
Body

County judges and government officials from throughout Southeast Texas represented a united, but socially-distanced, front at a press conference held in a courthouse that has largely scaled down its operations. The Jefferson County Courthouse was devoid of its usual bustle March 19 in the wake of mass closures caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, but elected officials urged patience amid the ongoing, ever-changing pandemic as they announced a hotline for information on the disease.

Judges from Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton and Orange counties have all issued congruent emergency orders, closing restaurants’ dining rooms, suspending government-sponsored events and much more. Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick told reporters that daycares will remain open at this time, but the situation is evolving rapidly.

Officials expect Beaumont’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to spike, according to Mayor Becky Ames, but that shouldn’t instill worry. She asked that residents only buy what they need when shopping for groceries and other essential items. In fact, officials agree that supply can return to normal if consumers resume their purchasing habits of 14 days ago.