Volume 35, No. 124 Friday, June 26, 2020
Dayton Investigation: Wednesday night, in a special called meeting, the Dayton City Council met in executive session to discuss complaints filed against Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon. After nearly two hours behind closed doors council voted to hire the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, in Houston, to investigate a complaint lodged against the City Manager. Dayton City Attorney Brandon Davis said he could not share details about the nature of the investigation. In a press release the City of Dayton said this action was taken to ensure that this is done properly, without bias, and according to professional standards. Theo Melancon will continue his duties during the investigation. Stay with KSHN News for updates when they become available.
New COVID-19:As coronavirus cases continue to spike upwards in Liberty County KSHN reported that cases of the virus now has topped 200. To be exact now there are 209 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management reported 16 new COVID cases Thursday afternoon. That is 46 news cases reported just this week alone. Since Monday of last week, Liberty County has added 101 new COVID-19 cases. Emergency Management officials report seven of these newest cases are north of SH Highway 105 in North Liberty County. The other nine new cases are from the south end of Liberty County. All 16 of the new cases are being treated at home. Ages of these new cases range from under 10 to the 50s.
Further Reopening: The spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas has Governor Greg Abbott pressing the pause button on any further reopening phases in Texas. The Governor says businesses already open, can stay open, at the designated occupancy levels already announced and they must continue under the minimum standard health protocols. Governor Abbott says Texas is focusing on slowing the spread of the virus while hopefully allowing Texans to still earn a paycheck. The Governor has also suspended elective surgeries in the state’s largest metropolitan areas: Harris, Dallas, and Bexar Counties. This slowdown is a result of an increase in COVID-19 hospitalization reports. Governor Abbott urges Texans to keep practicing good hygiene by washing your hands often and, by all means, try to stay at home whenever possible thus minimizing contact with others.
COVID-19 Hospital Test: The Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center has another new device. This one is to test for COVID-19. With this new machine, the local hospital can now do PCR Antigen Testing. Results of this new test are known, in most cases, in about an hour. Thursday on the KSHN Party Line Jennifer Houghton, long time lab technician and assistant manager of the lab, said to get a test at the hospital does require a test order or prescription from a doctor. The test is done with a nasal or throat swab. Mrs. Houghton said when the nasal swab is done, any discomfort lasts only about three seconds. In addition, the hospital has the COVID-19 antibody tests which is accomplished with a blood draw. Antibody testing is used to determine any past COVID-19 infections. That test also requires a doctor’s order. To make an appointment the main switchboard number is 936-336-7316 Ext 176
Lake Release: 19,300 CFS – Liberty Bridge : 10.77 ASL