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Additional Locations Added to Quarantine Mandates for Air Travelers Coming into Texas, Road Travel from Louisiana Now Impacted

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further spread into the state of Texas from hotspot areas, Governor Greg Abbott has tasked the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with enforcing two Executive Orders surrounding travel into the state of Texas. GA-11 was issued on March 26 and specifically addresses air travel, while GA-12 was issued on March 29 and addresses travel by roadways from Louisiana into Texas.

The requirements under both Executive Orders are the same — a covered person under the mandated quarantines shall remain in the designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. A violation of the orders is subject to criminal penalties, and the department encourages all individuals to abide by all measures that have been enacted by the Governor to mitigate the consequences of the current public health disaster.

The quarantine restrictions related to air travelers do not apply to travel related to military service, emergency response, health response or critical infrastructure functions. The quarantine restrictions related to ground travel include all the previously mentioned exclusions, plus travel related to commercial activity.

Additional Locations Added for Air Travel Under GA-11

Last week, Governor Abbott issued GA-11 requiring individuals traveling to Texas — with Texas being their final destination – through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as from the city of New Orleans, to comply with a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. GA-11 was expanded by proclamation on Sunday, March 29, to include air travelers coming into Texas from the following locations: California; Louisiana; Washington; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Detroit, Mich.; and Miami, Fl.

Troopers are stationed at Texas airports to screen passengers traveling from the designated quarantine areas. Travelers who are subject to the self-quarantine are required to complete this travel form to provide DPS with identifying information, including their full name, date of birth, home address, driver license/passport information and quarantine location.

Requirements for Road Travel Into Texas From Louisiana

Effective Monday, March 30, at noon, GA-12 states that every person who enters the state of Texas through roadways from Louisiana will be subject to the mandated 14-day self-quarantine. DPS has been tasked with enforcing GA-12, and the public can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence along the Texas/Louisiana border. The form for arrivals for road travelers is also available online.

Mandatory Terms and Enforcement

Pursuant to Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders, individuals must comply with the Mandatory Terms of Self-Quarantine. While we anticipate wide compliance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders, the department will vigorously enforce the executive order, as these orders are designed to protect the public and stop the spread of COVID-19. It is important to note that under Texas Government Code § 418.173, failure to comply with these mandatory terms is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, confinement in jail for up to 180 days, or both. DPS will take the appropriate enforcement action against anyone who fails to comply with the Executive Orders.

Travel information, including the required form and the mandates for self-quarantine, can be found online here.

COVID-19 Regional Call Center Opens

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COVID-19 Regional Call Center Open
The COVID-19 Regional Call Center is open to take calls from people who have symptoms of the disease. This center serves Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Jasper, and Newton Counties. Individuals who meet testing criteria will be sent to a mobile testing site.
 If a person has the symptoms, they will be directed to a testing site. Orange does not currently have a testing site. People who call the hotline and have the symptoms will be given a number and a time to go to one of two testing centers. According to Orange County Judge John Gothia, the addresses of the testing centers will not be made public because they are set up only for the people who need them. The tests are taken by swabs and sent off to laboratories, with results available in about  48 hours. The testing will be conducted as a drive-through test. After a person gets a test, they will be asked to self-quarantine until the results come back.

SETX Takeout Blitz

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In light of Governor Abbott’s latest press conference announcing the closing of our restaurants until April 3rd, Orange Worthy News and Local Events has compiled a useful list of restaurants throughout the region who offer take out.

This is a very crucial time during this unprecedented event- which is why our local businesses, especially our restaurants, need us now more than ever.

Participate in our SETX  Takeout Blitz- see how many local restaurants you can support from now until April 3rd.  Tag us on Facebook and show us your delicious meals made with the spirit and hard work of one of the restaurants below!


Boardwalk Grille (409) 330-4450
View Menu Monday – Saturday 11 am-8 pm
Delivery available through Gubers

Burger Town (409) 735-8840
View Menu  Beer and Crawfish also available

The Garden District (409) 883-9889
View Menu 10 am to 3 pm

The Hut (409) 883-8282
View Menu
Temporary Hours: Monday – Saturday 12-7 (Crawfish 3-7), Sundays 11-3 (Boiled & Live Crawfish only on Sundays till further notice)

J & J Wings & Seafood (409) 866-9020
View Menu
Open 11 am to 8 pm Mon. – Sat., closed Sunday

Kona Kurbside is serving our friends in the Orange Area from noon – 6 PM. We can deliver to your door.
Comment or PM  if you would like Addie to deliver.
Kona does take cash but also credit cards with a $5 minimum.

Lucy’s Cafe’ & Bakery (409) 883-3327
Check FB page for daily specials

Old Orange Cafe (409) 883-2233
View Menu | Alcohol Menu (Take out or FREE delivery) See FB Page for Daily Offerings of Heat and Eat Meals

Spanky’s Bar & Grill (409) 886-2949
View Menu | Crawfish Menu

Tacos “La Shula” (409) 332-2843
View Menu | Family Meals

Bridge City

Brewitas (409) 313-6499
View Menu

Elements Cafe & Bakery (409) 792-0870
View Menu 10:00am-3:00pm

Freshprep (409) 719-8941
View Menu
Place your order online

High Tides (409) 792-5001
View Menu

Judice’s Cajun Cafe (409) 313-6729
View Menu

La Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant (409) 792-5353
View Menu | Check FB Page for daily specials

Sweet Bee Boutique & Desserts (409) 313-6628
View Menu | Family Meals

The Stuffed Mushroom Kitchen & Catering Co. (409) 670-3144
View Menu | Drive Through Open


Bayou Cafe Vidor (409) 498-4060
View Menu Opening Thursday, March 26
Also offering delivery via Favor and Guber’s

Mutt & Jeff’s (409) 422-4707
View Menu  | Check Facebook Page for Daily Family Specials
Monday-Thursday 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

New York Pizza and Pasta (409) 783-9990
View Menu |Check FB Page for Daily Family Meals

Red Wagon Cafe (409) 769-7300
View Menu | Check FB Page for Daily Specials

Schnitzel 409-239-3331
View Menu | Check FB page for daily specials


Tuffy’s Eatery (409) 745-3170
View menu | Family Meals menu


The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce has a more comprehensive list here of Beaumont restaurants.

Al Basha Grill & Mediterranean Grill Cuisine (409) 444-5712
View Menu

Boomtown BBQ Company (409) 554-8432
View Menu

Chaba Thai Bistro 409-866-3388
View Menu

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (409) 924-8226
View Menu
View Alcohol Menu

J & J Wings & Seafood (409) 892-1411
View Menu

Jason’s Deli Gateway 409-833-5914
112 Gateway Beaumont TX 77701
View Menu | Groceries for Sale ($25 minimum order)

Jason’s Deli Dowlen Rd. 409-866-9015
535 Dowlen Beaumont TX 77706
View Menu | Groceries for Sale ($25 minimum order)

Koi Japanese Sushi Bar and Lounge 409-347-8202
Offering delivery through Favor and Grubhub
Favor has a promo code for $3 off your delivery “LOCALFAVES”
Special: buy 2 get 1 sushi roll free. Special available only on pickup or to go — curbside only
View Menu

Outback Steakhouse (409) 842-6699
View Menu
Curbside To Go
FREE Delivery (click for delivery area)
Sun-Thu 11 am-9 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am-10 pm

Port Arthur

Buffalo Wild Wings (409)724-0046
Also offering bottle and can beers
View Menu

J & J Wings & Seafood (409) 962-5707
View Menu


Chaba Thai Bisto 409-853-1991
View Menu

Judice’s 1927 (409) 344-4396
View Menu

The Schooner Restaurant (409) 722-2323
View Menu
To Go, Curbside Pick up and Delivery 11 AM-8:30 PM

Port Neches

The Avenue Coffee & Cafe (409) 344-4594
View Menu | Order Online Here
$5 OFF Your First Online Order
Use code ‘TAKEOUT5’ at checkout

Neches River Wheelhouse (409) 853-1249
View Menu | Family Style Meals


Sundara Coffee House (409) 548-0074
View Menu



How to Use Orange County Government Services During Disaster Declaration Period

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First Case of COVID-19 Reported in Orange County

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and the rapidly evolving situation Orange County’s main priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of the citizens and employees. Orange County Offices will remain open but must accommodate the social distancing recommendation by having no more than 10 people in a specified location and seeking to maintain at least 6 feet of separation between individuals.

Citizens are urged to use online services, email or phones to contact County offices. These numbers and email addresses can be found on our website

Below are three of the main county offices that work with the public and their requirements to limit exposure to citizens and the employees:

Orange County Tax Office, Karen Fisher Tax Assessor-Collector

The Tax Office will only be open to the public for TITLE WORK ONLY. Customers are asked to call (409-882-7971) before coming to the tax office to ensure they have all the necessary paperwork to complete their transactions. A maximum of 3 customers will be allowed in the office at one time.

Tax payments and motor vehicle registration will be processed as follows:

Property Taxes:

Property tax payments can be made with a credit/debit card or E-check via online (, or phone (866-549-1010 bureau code 1122333) Payments made with check, cashier’s check or money order can be left at our drop box outside of the Administration Building or mailed to P.O. Box 1568 Orange, TX 77631. Postmark dates will be honored as pay date.

Motor Vehicle Registration/Temporary Permits:

Vehicle Registration can be renewed online ( Also, temporary registration can be purchased from the website. Please print out all receipts and keep in your vehicle.

Orange County District Clerk, Vickie Edgerly

Effective immediately, the District Clerk’s Office will remain open BUT conduct business by e-mail, phone, and regular mail only. This office can perform essential duties electronically and telephonically and accept credit and debit as forms of payment.

All jury trials have been suspended through the end of April. You will be notified at a later date to reschedule your jury service date.

Contact information for the District Clerk’s office – 409-882-7825 or email

Orange County Clerk’s Office, Brandy Robertson

The County Clerk’s Office is requesting all business to be done by phone (409-882-7055), fax (409-882-7012), email (, regular mail (801 W Division, Orange Tx 77630) or online (

Birth and death certificates can be requested by mail. Copies can be requested through the mail or email. Please call the office for assistance.

Most of County Clerk’s records (real property, civil, probate, and misdemeanors) are online. Citizens are always urged to call the office for help navigating the website. Researchers are requested to use the website as we are restricting researching in our office at this time.

For Marriage License please contact the office and you will receive an appointment time to come in to apply.

For anyone that has received court notice, please contact our office for direction to the correct court coordinator for information regarding that court.

District Attorney’s Office, John Kimbrough, D.A.

The District Attorney’s Office will remain open to the public for business, but physical access to the office will be by appointment only. Citizens are asked to call (409) 883-6764 or email with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Prosecutors will also continue to be available to law enforcement for arrest warrants 24/7.

Orange County District Courts and Count Court at Law Court Judges contact info:

See contact information below:

  • 128th Court, Judge Courtney Arkeen – 882-7085 email:
  • 163rd Court, Judge Dennis Powell – 409-882-7090 email:
  • 260th Court, Judge Steve Parkhurst – 409-882-7095 email:
  • County Court at Law, Judge Mandy White-Rogers – 409-882-7084 email:
  • County Court at Law #2, Judge Troy Johnson – 409-882-4140 email:

Justice of the Peace offices contact info:

  • Justice of the Peace #1 Judge Herschel Stagner – 409-882-7800 email:
  • Justice of the Peace #2 Judge Chad Jenkins – 409-882-7805 email:
  • Justice of the Peace #3 Judge Joy Duboise-Simonton – 409-882-5310 email:
  • Justice of the Peace #4 Judge Rodney Price – 409-769-2284 email:

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Jail

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.

OISD Cancels School Beginning March 23-April 3

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Orangefield Schools Announce Opening Dates and Changes

In anticipation of a Disaster Declaration of Emergency by Orange County, Orangefield ISD will close its schools out of an abundance of caution beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Our district will reassess this closing on or before Friday, April 3, 2020. Our goal is to return on Monday, April 6, 2020.

In the near future, our district will provide information related to a flexible education program. This program will provide educational opportunities in a variety of ways. As you know, this is an unprecedented event, and it will take some time to coordinate these educational efforts. We are also working on a plan to continue providing student meal service, Please be patient with us as we design these programs. Our goal will be to provide these services beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2020.

We plan to have our faculty and staff report on Monday, March 23, 2020, and Tuesday, March 24, 2020, to prepare for this new method of instruction.

We will continue to monitor the situation and collaborate with local agencies to make the best decisions for our staff and community.

For updates and information, please continue to use our website, local media, and our social media page.

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