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Today`s Local News2020-04-06
Monday, April 6, 2020


MILAM CO HAS 3RD CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19

(CAMERON) A 3rd case of COVID-19 is now confirmed here in Milam County. 

According to Milam County Judge Steve Young, a 3rd positive case has been confirmed as of Friday afternoon. This new patient has been interviewed by the Milam County Health Department. Anyone that has come into contact with the patient will be contacted by the Health Department. 

The news comes as 2 people continue to recover from the virus. The 1st positive test case completed self-quarantine isolation and the 2nd positive test case is recovering after being hospitalized. Virus testing is available locally. Country Meadows in Thorndale has test kits and testing remains available through Healthpoint in Rockdale and at Scott & White in Cameron. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell has offered assistance to Milam County by testing all 1st responders beginning this week. 

Previously, Judge Young indicated that shuttered county hospital buildings will be used if needed to treat overflow, level 3, non-COVID patients. The Judge also encourages small businesses to review and apply for loans and relief offered through the emergency COVID-19 relief bill. Judge Young is expected to talk about economic relief for small businesses as part of his radio show this Wednesday. 

The County also announced citizens stepping up to help the medical community with personal protection equipment, or PPE. Clint Brown from Bitmain has donated 7,000 masks and Bill Harris of Cameron Tire Store offered to repair broken straps on a shipment of masks that came in. Judge Young will update the community during a radio address at 9:05AM today. He is also expected to take to the air Friday to talk about COVID testing. 


MILAM CO SHELTER-IN-PLACE CONTINUES

(CAMERON) Milam County remains under a shelter-in-place order that could soon be extended. 

Milam County Commissioners will meet today to discuss extending a shelter-in-place order. The orders have been in place for nearly 2 weeks in an effort to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. The order declared a public health emergency and instituted stricter guidelines through April 6th, among them: residents must shelter in place, businesses deemed non-essential must close, public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a household or living unit are prohibited, non-essential travel is prohibited, a curfew is in place for those 18 and under from 9PM until 8AM, and public and private schools will remain closed. All courts are also closed until further notice, though these orders will not alter, amend, or change child custody in any way. This means visitation orders remain in force unless agreed by the parties or modifications are made by court order. 

Exemptions to these orders include essential activities defined as: tasks for health and safety to the family or household, obtaining medical supplies and medication, obtaining services or supplies for the family or household (such as groceries, etc.), engaging in outdoor activity such as walking or bike riding, performing work deemed essential, or caring for family members or pets in another household. 

Exemptions to these orders include essential businesses defined as: healthcare operations, emergency services; grocery stores; farmers markets; convenience stores; food banks; food cultivation such as farming or livestock; businesses that provide food, shelter, and services to the economically disadvantaged; newspapers, TV, radio, and media; gas stations; auto-supply, auto-repair and related facilities; banks and financial institutions; hardware and construction supplies; plumbers, electricians, and exterminators; businesses providing mail services; laundromats and dry cleaners; restaurants and food industry that are drive-through, pick-up, or delivery only; business suppliers; businesses that ship or deliver groceries and goods; taxis and private transportation providers related to essential activity; home based care for seniors, adults, and children; residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, or children; professional and legal services; childcare facilities abiding by certain restrictions; utilities and telecommunications; trash collection; janitorial, cleaning, and maintenance services; funeral industry; defense industry; space and technology industry; tech support; science research; maintenance and construction of communication infrastructure; engineers, technicians, and personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration; office personnel to maintain central offices, data centers, and network facilities; data centers; engineers, IT personnel, and software engineers; and religious services performed at healthcare operations. 

Essential travel is defined as being related to essential activities or functions. 


BEA`S KITCHEN CLOSED, FROZEN MEALS AVAILABLE

(CAMERON) Meals will soon be available for elderly residents seeking food. 

Bea`s Kitchen has been closed until further notice here in Milam County due to COVID-19 concerns. Beginning today, Milam County plans to make frozen meals available to anyone in the Cameron area over 60-years-old. To sign up for these meals, call 254-605-0275. Milam County Judge Steve Young said they hope to make 5 meals available at pickup. Meals will be picked up at Bea`s Kitchen. The service is being made possible through Hill Country Transit.  


MILAM APPRAISAL DISTRICT TO EXTEND RENDITIONS

(CAMERON) Businesses in Milam County now have more time to get their renditions in. 

Milam County Chief Appraiser Dyann White said the Appraisal District has extended the deadline to turn in Business Personal Property Renditions to May 15th. The move comes as the Appraisal District offices remain closed due to the ongoing pandemic. Currently, staff is only available to answer phones and correspondence Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-2PM. 

Renditions are reports listing all taxable property the business owner owns or controls as of January 1st of this year. Property rendition forms have already been mailed to property owners and all business owners are required to file a rendition regardless of getting a form or notification. You can find the form on the district website at milamad.org. White advised that there are currently no waivers or extensions to this year`s ad valorem appraisal year. Such waivers would require legislative action. Certified values will be sent to taxing units by July 25th. There is currently nothing in property tax law to allow for the current pandemic. For questions or information, call 697-6638. 


COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE REMINDER

(CAMERON) All Milam County offices are currently closed until further notice. 

Milam County Judge Steve Young announced that all county offices are closed or running with minimal staffing until further notice. The probation office, VA office, and AgriLife offices are all closed. The probation office is taking phone calls and you must still report in to them by phone if required. The AgriLife office is taking phone calls only. The Milam County Sheriff`s Office is fully operational. Sheriff Chris White said they are screening anyone who is booked into jail. There is also no visitation allowed at the jail. 

The Tax Office and County Clerk Office will close, but still be available to take phone calls only. Milam County Tax Assessor Sherry Mueck said there will be no more title transfers unless from a dealership. This will remain in place for 60 days from the end of these state and local orders. In addition, Mueck said the Tax Office will only be staffed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM-1PM for mail and phone calls only. To pay taxes, visit milamcounty.net or milamad.org. You can only pay by phone Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, Mueck advised that vehicle registration renewals have been waived. This means you will not have to renew your vehicle until 60 days from the end of the state and local orders. You can also renew online at txdmv.gov.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4-6

(TEXAS) A new virus sweeping the globe reached pandemic status. Here`s the latest updates:

The United States and Great Britain could soon see their deadliest weeks related to COVID-19 this week. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now hospitalized just 10 days after testing positive for the virus. He is the 1st known head of government to have tested positive. The dire news for those 2 countries comes as signs of relief began to show up in Italy, Spain, and France. All 3 countries have seen signs of flattening the curve, through hundreds are still dying each day there. Worldwide, over 1.2 million people have tested positive and nearly 70,000 have died. Johns Hopkins University said the numbers may be lower than actual because of limited testing, how nations count the dead, and deliberate under-reporting. Some 263,000 people have recovered. 

Here in Texas, 71,000 people have been tested. Of those tested, 6,800 have been positive and 127 have died. Texas Department of Public Safety is now operating checkpoints and vehicle screenings on roadways entering Texas from Louisiana. The screenings were enacted as part of Governor Greg Abbott`s latest Executive Orders earlier in the week. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Saturday said that 41 offenders are in Medical Isolation across the state due to positive or pending tests. Twenty TDCJ employees and contractors have tested positive. 

More locally, Brazos County added 19 new positive cases for a total of 94. Of those, 78 are still active and a 6th fatality has now been reported. Eleven people are hospitalized and 10 have recovered. Burleson County confirmed their 2nd positive case on Sunday. McLennan County confirmed 2 more cases Sunday for a total of 53. Five patients are hospitalized and 19 have recovered. Bell County picked up 7 more cases over the weekend for 58 total cases. One person has died and 12 have recovered. Williamson County reported their 2nd death from the virus over the weekend. They now have 77 positive cases, with about 30 recovering. 


FRIDAY CAMERON HOUSE FIRE

(CAMERON) No one was hurt in a major house fire overnight Friday in town. 

Cameron Volunteer Fire Department responded about 11:17PM Friday to a trailer house fire in the 700 block of North Scott. The 1st crews on scene found the east end of the home fully involved. Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica said crews began trying to knock down the fire, but the trailer home was older and the fire eventually spread under the trailer home and between the frame. Crews then tried to attack underneath, but had to resort to a defensive battle as the home went on to burn for some time. Horelica called the trailer a total loss. There were no injuries. 

Chief Horelica said an older, single woman living in the home was not present when the fire began. The resident was renting the property and had come back to find the home ablaze. There is not believed to have been any electricity or gas on at the time. Horelica called the fire not suspicious, though the cause is undetermined. The Red Cross has been called in to assist the resident. 


CAMERON CITY COUNCIL

(CAMERON) Cameron City Council will meet today in regular session. 

During their meeting, the Council will get updates on the status of the recent ransomware attack against the city. The City will also take action on postponing the upcoming council elections as authorized by the Texas Secretary of State. A request for proposals for administrative services related to the Community Development Block Grant program. Various other updates will also be heard. The meeting will be conducted by teleconference by calling 1-877-568-4106 and using the access code 523-692-061. You can also go online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/523692061. Today`s meeting begins at 5:30PM. 


WILCO SEEKING MISSING TEEN

(HUTTO) Williamson County authorities are looking for a missing teenager. 

The Williamson County Sheriff`s Office is seeking information from the public in their search for missing 14-year-old Miguel. The Hutto teen was last seen about 12:30PM April 5th in the 100 block of Purple Sage in Hutto. Anyone with information should call 512-943-1300. 


AREA EVENTS

(CENTRAL TEXAS) Here`s a look at some area events that were scheduled this week that have been officially cancelled:

April 12 - POSTPONED
The Cameron Volunteer Fire Department annual Easter Chicken Sale set for Sunday is postponed. If you bought a ticket, you can get your money back or hold on to it until the event is rescheduled. 


MCT ANNOUNCES DELAYS

(CAMERON) Milam Community Theater is set to delay their 2020 season. 

In an email to KMIL, the Theater Board announced they are making several changes. The upcoming spring production of Aladdin, Jr. is being pushed back and auditions for Steel Magnolias are canceled. Plans are in place to push auditions and shows to later dates. Steel Magnolias is being anticipated for June, with Nunsense: The Musical in August, and The Odd Couple in November. 


POLICE REPORT

(CAMERON) Cameron PD reported 7 EMS calls and no other activity.

(ROCKDALE) Rockdale PD reported 3 EMS call and 1 arrest: 
--24-year-old Rockdale man on warrant for Criminal Trespass and Possession of Marijuana in Drug Free Zone

(CAMERON) Milam County Sheriff`s Office has 1 new bookings:
--Benny Leroy Grosshans, 24 of Rockdale, for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Assault Against Date/Family Member w/ Deadly Weapon

There were no accidents in rural Milam County:
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There are currently 131 inmates in the county jail, including 34 housed for Coryell County.




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