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No stay at home order expected for Southeast Texas

Local judges will amend local emergency declarations to limit amount of people going to the grocery store

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — A stay at home order will not be coming to Southeast Texas. At least not now. 

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick and Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel tell 12News that instead of issuing a stay at home order, leaders of the five-county emergency management team will add an addendum to local emergency orders limiting the number of people going to grocery stores. 

Editor's note: Video above is from reporting about judge's considering stay at home order

Judges in Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Jasper and Newton Counties want only one person per household going to the grocery store. 

Judge Branick told 12News that only one representative from the family should go. 

A stay at home order would not change much for Southeast Texas. County judges have already signed emergency orders closing businesses, limiting crowds and put curfews in place. 

The order has limited restaurants to take-out or delivery and closed bars, tattoo parlors, beauty salons, barber shops, massage parlors and nail salons. 

The order also limits the number of people allowed to gather at public and private facilities to 10. The order also forced gyms, fitness clubs and game rooms to close their doors. 

In Jefferson County, a 24 hour curfew is in place for anyone under 18. 

These limitations are all included in stay at home orders across other parts of Texas. 

Gas stations and grocery stores remain open. 

There have been 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Texas as of noon March 25. That includes 7 in Beaumont. 

There has been one case of COVID-19 in Orange Co., two in Hardin Co. and one in Chambers County. 

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Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, the CDC says.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


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