Local impacts of coronavirus pandemic

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Local impacts from the concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus are continuing to expand. Check back for more updates.

Wood County's emergency management coordinator, Tully Davidson, confirmed the county's first case of COVID-19 was being treated at the UT Health hospital in Quitman. The illness was contracted through community spread, according to a news release.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced an executive order Thursday, March 19 that limits social gatherings to 10 people, prohibits eating and drinking at restaurants and bars while still allowing takeout, closes gyms, bans people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care and temporarily closes schools. The executive order is effective through midnight April 3.

Schools

All Wood County school districts have extended closing schools until May 4.

The University Interscholastic League has suspended all sanctioned events, plus rehearsals, practices and workouts. The earliest contests could resume is  May 4, with a "reasonable" period to acclimate.

Mineola schools offer meal service where any child under 18 living in the district can pick up a free breakfast and lunch at the primary and middle schools from 7:30-9 a.m.  Call 903-569-6880 concerning delivery. The menu is posted online.

Quitman ISD has started a similar weekday meal program. Pickup for any child 18 and younger at the elementary school, 8-10 for breakfast and 11-1 for lunch.

The district has canceled two upcoming events, prom and special Olympics.

Yantis ISD is offering curbside lunches starting Monday, March 16 from 11-12.

Alba-Golden has pickup and bus-delivered student meals daily Mon.-Fri.

All districts have online learning underway, including methods of access for students who do not have home Internet.

Events and venues

The most recent cancellation is for the Mineola Fire Dept. rodeo scheduled in mid-July. The department cited challenges for business sponsors among the reasons.

The Wood County Junior Livestock Show scheduled April 2-4 has been postponed two weeks, with broilers to show on April 8. If another postponement is needed it will be delayed two more weeks, and if needed, another decision to be made at that time.

The Wine Train April 4-5 from Mineola to Fort Worth and back aboard the Amtrak train has been canceled.

The Alba City Council meeting April 6 has been postponed and the council plans to take up city business at the next regular meeting date May 4.

The City of Mineola workforce development workshop April 8 has been canceled.

The annual Farm and Ranch Day for special kids that was planned April 24 in Golden has been canceled.

Mineola League of the Arts is closed and all events canceled until at least April 7. The annual Art Show has been rescheduled for Sept. 11.

Bread of Life Ministries food pantry in Mineola is closed until further notice.

Mineola Youth Foundation has closed the ballpark until further notice.

Quitman Youth Foundation spring ball season is on hold.

Alba-Golden Youth Foundation season is on hold.

Mineola Friends of the Library book sale canceled for March.

Quitman Public Library closed to the public as of March 17.

Mineola library programs canceled. Library closed as of Wednesday, March 18.

Forever Young Activity Center in Quitman closed until further notice.

Alba library and museum closed until further notice.

The Mineola Historical Museum is closed until further notice.

Mineola Civic Center - Meredith Hall closed (except for MISD students using Internet access). Outdoor spaces remain open. Carson and Barnes Circus April 2 canceled.

Historic Select Theater and Lake Country Playhouse suspended operations until further notice.

Mineola Railers square dancers have suspended activities.

Wood County Arboretum in Quitman, mini-workshops canceled but the gardens remain open.

Check with individual churches to learn their plans. Some are continuing services with modifications such as no hand shaking and passing the collection plate, and some are live streaming. Churches are exempt from the 10-person limit for social gatherings.

Local service and civic clubs and organizations have suspended meetings.

Major retailers have temporarily adjusted store hours to allow additional time for restocking and cleaning and allowing special times for senior citizens to shop. Some restaurants have added to-go and/or delivery services with the end of onsite dining after March 20.

Government

The city of Mineola has suspended all committee and advisory board meetings other than city council.

The city hall lobby is closed starting Friday, March 20. Drive through was closed on Monday, March 23. Staff remains at work and providing services.

Bulk trash pickup in Mineola was suspended effective March 25.

The Wood County Republican Party has postponed the county convention, scheduled March 21, to some time in May. State convention is delayed until July.

City of Quitman has suspended all municipal court activity. City hall lobby and drive-thru are closed.

Mineola has also suspended municipal court until at least April 1.

Wood County district court trials have been postponed until at least April 1.

Visitation at the Wood County jail has been restricted.

Check here for individual county offices:

https://www.mywoodcounty.com/upload/page/0175/docs/Announcement%20Re%20Office%20Hours%20and%20Operations%20032320.pdf

Non-critical visitors are restricted for nursing homes.

The sheriff's sale at the county courthouse April 7 has been canceled.

Cities and schools have been given the option by the state to postpone the May 2 elections. So far Quitman city and ISD and Mineola ISD have postponed.

Governor Abbott postponed the primary runoffs set for May 26 to July 14. Wood County has two Republican runoffs.

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