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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County

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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Orange County received confirmation of its 1st positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) in an Orange County resident. This individual is currently quarantined at home and cooperating with the direction of the health department.

Quarantine procedures include persons with COVID-19 staying home for at least 14 days, monitoring their temperature and only leaving home if they need medical care.

For confidentiality purposes, no additional information is being released to identify the individual. This is a rapidly evolving situation. At this time there is no evidence of community spread. The immediate risk for Orange residents remains low.

The Health Department is conducting an epidemiological investigation and is working to quickly identify close contacts of the individual. Those may include family, friends, co-workers and other potential contacts.

Orange County Citizens are reminded you should stay home unless you have a need to travel somewhere for essential supplies. Then, you should be maintaining social distancing at ALL times!

At this time, 14 Orange County residents have been tested. 11 of those results are pending and 2 results were negative and 1 result is positive.

For information on COVD-19, check the CDC website or www.Coronavirus.gov . You can also call 2-1-1, Option 6. If you feel you may have symptoms of COVID-19, call our Regional Call Center between 8 AM – 5 PM, 7 days a week, to be screened: (409) 555-2536. It is important that you call first so they can evaluate your risk and determine if they need to see you in person so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.

Orange County EDC Measuring Impact of COVID-19

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Orange County Economic Development Corporation

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is seeking your input. If you are a business operating in Orange County, please complete our survey. This survey is ONLY meant to gather information about the impact of COVID-19 on Orange County operations. The EDC will use this information to assess the business community’s needs and any assistance we may be able to provide or identify.

Please complete the survey here.

Orange County Offices Remain Open in Limited Capacity

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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County

After a meeting with Orange County Department Heads and Elected Officials, the County Offices will remain open and have implemented procedures to stay open but in a safe manner in accordance with CDC advisement in reference to the Coronavirus. Below are some of the specific changes that citizens need to be aware of.

Orange County District Courts and Count Court at Law Court Judges have suspended jury trials through April 30, 2020. Only emergency type hearings will be heard. To minimize walk-in traffic to offices, the Judges are urging attorneys and/or citizens to call or email their offices with questions or concerns.

See contact information below:

  • 128th Court, Judge Courtney Arkeen – 882-7085 email: ldubois@co.orange.tx.us
  • 163rd Court, Judge Dennis Powell – 409-882-7090 email: jfleming@co.orange.tx.us
  • 260th Court, Judge Steve Parkhurst – 409-882-7095 email: glebouff@co.orange.tx.us
  • County Court at Law, Judge Mandy White-Rogers – 409-882-7084 email: jmyers@co.orange.tx.us
  • County Court at Law #2, Judge Troy Johnson – 409-882-4140 email: jdeason@co.orange.tx.us

Justice of the Peace offices will also suspend jury trials. To minimize walk-in traffic to offices the Judges are urging attorneys and/or citizens to call or email their offices with questions or concerns.

See contact information below:

  • Justice of the Peace #1 Judge Herschel Stagner – 409-882-7800 email: kabbott@co.orange.tx.us
  • Justice of the Peace #2 Judge Chad Jenkins – 409-882-7805 email: whelton@co.orange.tx.us
  • Justice of the Peace #3 Judge Joy Duboise-Simonton – 409-882-5310 email: acain@co.orange.tx.us
  • Justice of the Peace #4 Judge Rodney Price – 409-769-2284 email: sholcombe@co.orange.tx.us

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has canceled all inmate visitation in the Orange County Jail to help eliminate exposure. Attorney visits are still allowed. Outside inmate work crews have been canceled and inmates will remain in the jail. The Orange County Judges and the Sheriff and his staff are working together to maintain a safe environment for employees and inmates.

The County Office will continue operating at their normal business hours as of now and will monitor the situation and adjust as needed. Citizens are encouraged to phone and email departments to minimize the walk-in traffic to the offices. Phone numbers and emails can be found on the Orange County website.

Orange County Issues Disaster Declaration and Emergency Order

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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County

Orange County Judge John Gothia has issued a disaster declaration for Orange County effective immediately for the next 30 days..

Provisions within the declaration:

  • Any event sponsored by Orange County will cease
  • No gatherings of events of greater than 50 people
  • Limit visitation in nursing homes and senior centers
  • 24 Hour curfew in place for those under 18, not in school, and not accompanied by parent or guardian, or not arriving at or leaving from place of employment
  • punishment for price gouging for a variety of goods

Grocery stores and restaurants are left up to decide how to operate.

You can read the full disaster declaration here and the full emergency order here.

Home-Based Business Stipulations Outlined for City of Orange

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Home-Based Business Stipulations Outlined for City of Orange

The City of Orange recognizes that home-based businesses are becoming a more common method of working. Home-based businesses help alleviate traffic, help decrease the cost of doing business, allow people to work who might otherwise be unable to work, and are appropriate within residential areas, subject to certain provisions which are established to maintain the character and property values of existing residential areas. A home-based business must be approved by the Director of Planning and Community Development and must meet each of the following requirements:

• The home occupation shall be within the principal residence or a permitted accessory building;
• The home occupation shall not occupy more than 50 percent of the gross floor area of the principal residence;
• There shall be no exterior indication (including signs and banners) that the home occupation is taking place;
• There shall be no employees for the home occupation other than immediate members of the family, such as mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter;
• There shall be no traffic generated by the home occupation other than that normally associated with residential use; and
• There shall be no use of equipment or process carried on that would create a nuisance to the neighboring properties.

If you are thinking of starting a home-based business, please call the Planning and Community Development Department at 409-883-1034 and they will be happy to discuss your business with you and let you know if you qualify for a home-based business.

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