Thursday Bulletin: SETX demand for Coronavirus testing slows dramatically, big changes could be ahead

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The number of Southeast Texans interested in being tested for Covid 19 is decreasing, and authorities believe it could mark the earliest area of cresting on the “curve.” 

1813 has learned its NOT considered a turning point, but a hopeful sign. ANY Southeast Texan still showing the symptoms and wanting to be tested will be able to do so by calling 409-550-2536. Its a 24 hour hotline for screening. 

We’ve learned the calls into the existing call center have decreased.

Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel says, “if the number of calls/tests each day continue to decrease, then we may not be able to continue to support two drive-thru testing sites (in the 6-county area) much longer.”

All the area hospitals met with leaders this morning (Thursday) and concluded at least another 2 weeks are needed before an ebbing of the CV wave presents itself. Leaders say no changes will be made in stay-home orders until those new confirmed cases are decreasing. But there has been a lull in the number of calls for testing.

In answer to the “when” question everyone wants to know, McDaniel indicated the 6-county region COULD EASE OFF RESTRICTIONS eventually. It might look like an easing back to groups of 10, then to larger groups. Possibly groups of 50 or so. Allowing for church services – possibly attendance at restaurants if customers tables are spaced out. 

Great news!

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Also! 1813 has learned area leaders are taking a look at school food delivery. Some say they realize school officials are NOT using masks while handing out the food, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Its going to get further interest soon.

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Also. Can you believe a child under age 10 now has contracted the CV in Jefferson County? We thought it was only a disease for older folks?

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Also. Can you believe that when CV patients pass away they do so essentially because they are too tired to breath? That their muscles have given out. Soooo sad.

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CBS reported tonight (Thursday) that the peak of the virus in New York is expected to come on Easter Sunday. Wow.

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What you don’t know about the CV crisis suffering of SETX children

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Its ugly. REALLY ugly. The CV19 crisis has cost us all, but we have to get real about some of the victims we’re not thinking about. The kids. We’ve looked at just one example, happening in just one area school district.

In March, Deweyville ISD launched phase one of its effort to educate the children, while keeping them as safe as possible. 

It involved several measures that were replicated in dozens of area schools. Flexible education plans.

NOW – some Deweyville parents are outraged over phase 2. Does this sound familiar with what your kids go through?

In Deweyville the district decided to launch something called Drive-in Wifi learning. Its just underway. Teachers have told our sources that the kids will get a zero on any assignment not accomplished EVEN if the kids don’t have adequate internet access or a computer for the work. 

In Drive-in learning, the students of Deweyville are asked to come to the parking lot of the high school to use the school Wifi. Now OF COURSE the high schoolers are going to sneak out of the car and talk with their friends. And OF COURSE many parents find it difficult to impossible. This is a community that saw computers washed away in the January 2019 flooding for crying out loud. Parents are panicking that their kids are going to get a zero.

One mother of 3 children younger than 10 says she’s in wonderment at how she can keep her kids focused in the back seat of the car.

“Cars were not built to be used as a classroom,” she told 1813News.

Another family told us its a serious hardship and that the district, “assumes all homes have internet access. That is a luxury we cannot afford in this house.”

The father said, “to be honest I’m not even sure we could get internet service out here even if we had the money.” 

Its going to require running the engine of the vehicles because conditions are warming. Air conditioning is going to be needed. 

 Several people wonder if its even ethical and ask how the policy follows the Stay Home Work Safe guidelines of Newton County.

To be fair, each of the parents indicate they are very pleased that the district is doing something to keep the education process flowing. But say its just NOT going to work like this. 

Beaumont ISD and most districts have their own version of the Flexible Education Program. Making it work? Its a nightmare for administrators. And no one is blaming the TEACHERS, but when it doesn’t work we have to ask ourselves maybe it just doesn’t work. Parents say its time to consider a NEW plan. 

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When does life return to normal? Brady knows!

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Liberty! Ahhh. Now there’s a concept. 

Possibly you folks in Caney Head, Fred, Meeker and Port Acres are “okay” with it right now as a stopgap but you must admit, generally this sucks. And by the way many believe it should NOT be the “American way” for 10 seconds longer than absolutely necessary.

So when can America resume its place as the “land of the free, home of the brave?” Where people aren’t looked at like neanderthals if they aren’t wearing a skull mask? Where you can approach someone on Main Street Vidor closer than 6 feet without hearing shrieks? Where Parkdale Mall is actually like… OPEN!

We think former Southeast Texas Congressman Kevin Brady has an inkling. 

And you’ll be happy to know the “remedy” is already in motion. 

$3.2 BILLION are on the way to American small business in loans. Its a dramatic helping hand. History will prove if it were a necessary act. But for all of US its important.

Will life be back to normal by the end of the month of April? Mid-May? Late June? 8th District Republican U.S. Representative Kevin Brady gave us a hint Saturday (April 4th) in a Fox News Channel interview with business expert Neil Cavuto. 

Asked if a 4th stimulus package was necessary, Brady braked. As the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee and among the top 50 most senior House leaders, Brady makes a big difference in the debate.

Is more stimulus needed to help Southeast Texas small businesses? Brady says its time to watch closely – but only to watch.  Brady told Cavuto we have to see, “what’s working first.” And then determine the smartest way to go.

THAT would imply a strong Congressional push to GOOSE the economy and re-start business in late April or May AFTER the deceleration of infections begins.  

After the heavy lifting of supporting a $3.2 billion loan program, Brady seems willing to consider a shorter term shutdown. 

The man who once served in the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce seems to “get it” that you are worried about re-opening your doors. And with Kevin Brady you know one thing. He WILL speak his mind. 

Lift a glass to the lifting of the orders by May 1st?

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