Sealy closes offices and cancels meetings

Bellville Medical center, Sealy ISD, Sealy Chamber updates

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Sealy Mayor Janice Whitehead signed a Declaration of Disaster this morning and is closing City of Sealy offices at noon today through Monday, March 23, at 8 a.m.
All city meetings for this week have been cancelled, including the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, and the Sealy EDC meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24.
The following is a statement issued my Mayor Whitehead:
“In an effort to stay ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Sealy is closing all city offices as well as the Municipal Court for the week of March 16. We are cancelling all city functions, including the Planning Commission meeting, City Council meeting, Economic Development Corporation meeting, and any other board meetings, for the remainder of March. The following City activities are also postponed: MUD BUGS on Main, and the Sealy PD Active Shooter Presentation. Several items influenced this decision including the close proximity of Sealy to the Greater Houston Area, and the fact that Sealy is host to travelers from all over the nation.
In the meantime, beware of “fake” internet sites offering any type of assistance during this time of heightened awareness. An article by Thomas Brewster, at Forbes.com, identifies several websites that are potentially dangerous. See his article “Coronavirus Scam Alert: Watch Out For These Risky COVID-19 Websites And Emails” for more information
We will re-evaluate the situation on Friday, March 20, and provide an update at that time. Remember: this a precautionary measure and is not a reason to panic; however, we do ask that individuals follow the CDC guidelines issued.
CDC prevention techniques include the following:

  • Avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. Seniors avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. This includes retirement and senior facilities.
  • Adopt social distancing modifications for any small gatherings that continue to meet.
  • Do not hug or shake someone’s hand – rather, give them a smile and wave – or two thumbs up.
  • Wash your hands often and use a paper towel to open restroom doors.
  • If you are a senior in poor health, have a compromised immune system, or have traveled outside the United States in the past 30-days, please stay home.
  • Help your elderly neighbors with errands and groceries.

Also, Sealy Medical Clinic will offer Tele-doc services, drive-up triage for the elderly, and is accepting all patients – even if the clinic is not on your insurance plan.
As a City we have come through many trials during the past three years. Please be patient and understanding when dealing with local employees, cashiers, tellers and health officials.
We will post updates as they become available. Your health and safety are important to us – please remain cautious.
Janice Whitehead, Mayor
City of Sealy, Texas”

Austin County
So far, Austin County government is operating as normal.
“There have be no discussions about closing public meeting as of yet,” County Judge Tim Lapham said. “The District Clerk did post a sign on the courthouse door this morning that they are no longer accepting passport applications temporarily.”

Bellville Medical Center
Bellville Medical Center has changed its visitor policy in response to COVID-19. All visitors must check in at the registration desk.
At this time, the hospital is in contact with state and federal departments and are following their directions. Only patients who exhibit the following criteria will be tested: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, a physician’s order is required for testing, and those who have traveled to affected areas or in contact with someone who has or who has been diagnosed.
Samples are being sent to Houston at this time.
The hospital asks that symptomatic patients call their primary care provider or the BMC Emergency Dept rather than come directly to the office or ER to protect patients and staff. This allows staff time to clear areas and get supplies prepared. BMC ER can be reached at 979-413-7175.

Sealy ISD
Sealy ISD will offer curbside meal distribution Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 20. Lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to noon. Meals for children 18 years and younger (must be present) available for pick up at Selman Elementary (regardless of which campus the student attends).
Drive-thru only Selman Elementary car rider loop (original entrance, not the church street entrance).

Sealy Chamber of Commerce
Due to concerns about the health and well-being of our members, we have chosen to either cancel or postpone the following events through mid-April. April events will be evaluated later this month based on the most current information available on the COVID-19 virus warnings.
• Network Luncheon, March 19 at Tony’s Family Restaurant
• Carson & Barnes Circus, March 26 at Kathy’s Corner
• Blue Blazer Meeting, March 31 at Tony’s Family Restaurant
• Business After Hours, Cast Iron Winery, April 2
• Ribbon Cutting, Cast Iron Winery, April 2
• Business Buzz Luncheon, Manpower, April 7
Information on cancelled or postponed events will be shared if and when they are rescheduled. All paid registrants will be contacted regarding refunds or credit toward future event.

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