Angelina County modifies disaster declaration regarding COVID-19 precautions

Angelina County modifies disaster declaration regarding COVID-19 precautions
Angelina County commissioners held a special meeting Monday morning to discuss rules, procedures and decorum regarding public comments during commissioners court meetings. (Khyati Patel/KTRE Multimedia Journalist)

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge has modified the county’s disaster declaration to add to the precautions already in place concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

The modified emergency order goes into effect at 11:59 a.m. on March 30, according to Judge Don Lymbery. The judge said the new declaration is very similar to the regulations set by the City of Lufkin.

He added that the new order should not be considered a shelter-in-place order.

“A shelter in place literally shuts down all but essential businesses and activities. What we are doing allows more movement,” the judge said.

The order allows residents to travel to and from work or childcare, pick up groceries or other essential supplies, pick up take-out food or medications, and seek medical care.

Angelina County Commissioners Court will convene at 10 a.m. Monday for an emergency meeting in the Angelina County Courthouse.

As of Sunday, March 29, Angelina County had one confirmed case of COVID-19. For a complete list of confirmed cases by East Texas county, click here.

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