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It is St. Patrick's Day. We usually have friends over for corned beef and cabbage but not this year. Mrs. V. bought a small brisket for two.
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New cancellations-

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council cookie program
According to officials, as of March 14, the 2020 cookie program has been suspended. All members have been asked to discontinue all public activity, including booths, walkabouts and lemonade stands. In addition, all GSSJC facilities, including camps, shops and resource centers and offices, will be closed through March 31.

Harris County Jury Duty

As of March 17, all jury calls have been suspended through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Jurors who received a summons through March 31 do not need to appear and do not have to reschedule their service. Jurors summoned for Justice of the Peace Court will need to call their Court for the most updated information. Jurors currently serving on a trial still need to appear.

Houston Art Car Parade
This year's Art Car Parade, which was scheduled to kick off Saturday, April 16, has been canceled, according to the parade's website.

Houston Rooftop Cinema Club
The popular rooftop cinema club decided to postpone its season's launch due to COVID-19. According to their statement, the rooftops will not open until May 1, but that could change.

Hobby Center
As a response to the CDC limiting group gatherings of 50 or more people, the Hobby Center will close Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall from March 17 to April. The performing arts center staff is working to reschedule all performances.

River Oaks Theatre
River Oaks is temporarily closed.

Asia Society Texas Center
The building, exhibitions and Pondi Cafe will close until further notice. The remaining public programs and events in March and April have also either been canceled or postponed.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Children's Museum of Houston

Minefaire

The Minefaire event scheduled for April 18 - 19 in Houston will be postponed. Minefaire and NRG Center are working to choose a new date for the fall. The tickets purchased will be valid for the new date.

Nutcracker Market

City of Houston trials and jury duty

Space Center Houston

IRONMAN races

In emails sent to participants, organizers of the 2020 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas triathlon, which was set for April 5, and the 2020 IRONMAN Texas triathlon, which was scheduled for April 25, canceled the events.

Houston Grand Opera

On March 13, HGO announced the cancellation of all performances of "Salome" and "The Magic Flute," as well as all associated events. All ticketholders will be contacted in the coming days, HGO said.

Houston Latino Film Festival
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The closing of the bars resulted in panic buying crowds in liquor stores so-

Coronavirus live updates: Gov. Abbott allows alcohol delivery

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 139795.php
It’s five o'clock somewhere, even in a pandemic.

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a waiver to allow restaurants to deliver alcohol with food purchases to customers, according to a news release.

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The waiver, effective immediately, includes beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Abbott also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell back unopened product.

"The State of Texas is committed to supporting retailers, restaurants, and their employees," said Abbott. "These waivers will allow restaurants to provide enhanced delivery options to consumers during this temporary period of social distancing."
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A quiet morning @ Bayport & Barbours Cut Terminal now CLOSED after a worker who works both sites tested positive for the #coronavirus.
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released details last night.
They don’t believe anyone else was infected, all other facilities remain open. #khou11 #HTownRush
These are just south across the Ship Channel from our city.
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Governor extends actions already taken by the largest counties to the whole state of Texas.

Public health disaster declared in Texas for first time in 119 years

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 142519.php
12:40 p.m. Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a sweeping statewide order -- part of a public disaster declaration, the first of its kind since 1901 -- limiting the gathering of 10 people or more and forcing bars and restaurants to close starting Friday at midnight.

The order is effective through April 3 at the earliest. Drive-thru, takeout and delivery orders are exempted from the order.

The governor has also ordered that most visitations end at nursing homes and that schools close.

12:31 p.m. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said a shelter-in-place order, such as the one in San Francisco, would be weighed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Covid-19 dominates the front page of our local paper today.

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Not sure this is wise. :?
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Our parks are open, please follow social distancing guidelines for outdoor recreation. NRPA’s full statement can be found at https://nrpa.org/about-national-recreat ... istancing/.

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We have open parks, but toilets are closed, which means a lot of people, especially those with kids, are limited in the time they spend. In some cases parking lots are closed, I suppose to limit numbers and to locals.

The last time I was at a park people were pretty good about keeping in their groups and not getting close to anyone.

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Hidalgo orders stay-at-home for Harris County, closing most businesses through April 3

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 153071.php
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a stay-at-home order Tuesday morning closing most businesses and directing residents to stay put except for groceries and errands in the latest measure aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. and expire April 3.

The rules are the strictest since Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner last week closed bars and clubs and limited restaurants to takeout and delivery.

“We’re working hard to stay ahead of this virus to prevent us from getting in a difficult position,” the county judge said.

Essential businesses including markets and pharmacies will be permitted to remain open. Churches will be limited to online-only services. Parks will remain open, except for high-traffic areas like playgrounds and basketball courts.
Travis County (Austin) has done this also. Dallas did it a few days ago.
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on
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in Lubbock says "I'm not in favor of these lockdowns" in Texas. "If this lasts...you're going to have such a decline in the economy...."
He has also said that he doesn't think that grandparents would mind dying to save the economy for their grandchildren.
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As if Covid-19 wasn't enough, our area is dealing with a full blown recession in the oil industry. Companies are canceling tens of billions of dollars in spending. There are layoffs. This is partly due to Covid-10 related reduction in demand and partly related to the spat between Russia and Saudi Arabia over oil prices.

Energy companies slash another $19 billion as oil price remain near 20-year lows

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/busine ... 152249.php

Oxy enacts pay cuts amid deeper budget cuts

https://www.chron.com/business/energy/a ... 155787.php

One in five oilfield servce jobs could be cut worldwide

https://www.chron.com/business/energy/a ... 156216.php

U.S. shale industry braces for pain as budget cuts run deeper

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/busine ... 156216.php#

Six pipeline companies cut $1.9 billion from their 2020 budgets

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/busine ... 149984.php

Equinor halts U.S. shale activity as part $3 billion in cuts


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/busine ... 156317.php
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Coronavirus spread in Houston could burn out by mid-May under stay-at-home order

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 157648.php
The person-to-person spread of the coronavirus in the Houston region would peak in two weeks and burn out by mid-May if the stay-at-home order invoked Tuesday is continued until then, according to modeling by local scientists.

The modeling, which informed Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s order, considered the effect on the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, if she’d taken the stringent intervention immediately or waited a week or two weeks to act. Spread would increase exponentially had she waited, it found.

“From our modeling, it was clear that waiting is not a good thing,” said Eric Boerwinkle, dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health, who conducted the study with a biostatistician at that Houston institution. “The numbers are sobering, but the message is clear: early intervention is better than late intervention and more stringent intervention is better than less stringent.”

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The UTHealth modeling, shared with city and county officials Monday, provided data backing the warnings. It found that intervening immediately would limit the number of cases in the region to a peak at about 150 a day around April 7 and stop the spread around May 12. In that time, the cumulative total of cases would reach nearly 3,500, it found.
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A little background. Lena Hildago was swept into office with the Blue Wave of 2018. The incumbent County Judge*, Ed Emmett, was a competent administrator and handled many a crisis in Harris County over the years. Of course, when this young Hispanic woman was elected, the RWNJs went insane. I don't read that many complaints about her anymore.( A caveat, I am sure that the in person bullshit I used to hear probably continues in some social circles, but I have socially distanced myself from those types since the ascent of Trump).

I don't think Ed Emmett would've done a better job with this pandemic crisis. In fact, he's been supportive of her actions.

*The County Judge is basically the County Executive. It is not a "judicial" position.
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Short video about the beginnings of our city-

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Greater Houston area Covid-19 updates-

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 158238.php#

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher was tested for COVID-19 Thursday and is self-quarantining until she receives the result, her office says. Fletcher "sought professional medical treatment out of an abundance of caution" after experiencing flu-like symptoms and a temperature above 101 degrees.

There were more than 300 reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Texas Thursday, the largest single-day increase in cases the Lone Star State has seen, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis. There are now more than 1,662 reported cases in the state.

A teenager at Harris County’s juvenile detention center has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated on site, officials said Thursday.

In addition, the downtown city-owned and operated Hilton Americas hotel has furloughed 550 of its 620 employees, general manager Jacques D’Rovencourt told board members during a virtual meeting Thursday afternoon.
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Normally bumper to bump at this hour.

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:o
This highway runs along the south side of the Ship Channel. For its entire length there are large petrochemical facilities on both sides of it that are still operating. If any Houston area highway should have traffic it is this one.

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Your SH-225 commute is in the green this morning! It will take about 10 minutes from SH-146 to the East Loop
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Some headlines from today's Houston Chronicle-

Coronavirus expert: 'Real possibility' Houston is next hot spot

[NASA seeking to help fight the coronavirus pandemic


Texas AG Ken Paxton says gun sales can’t be restricted by stay-home orders

The Latest: Trump OKs major disaster declaration to Michigan (I guess the Michigan governor has said nice things about Trump.)

Gov. Greg Abbott deploys Texas National Guard to help with mobile testing

Price-gouging allegation leaves 750,000 face masks in limbo

Kingwood grad quarantined in Italy without deployed husband

Trump signs coronavirus stimulus bill with billions in relief for Texas

Montgomery County issues stay-at-home order, nightly curfew (The County Judge resisted this as long as he dared.)

Rig count plunges in largest single-week drop since bottom of last oil bust

Houston Ballet closed for foreseeable future

Houston designer makes free masks for healthcare workers, others

Tito’s Vodka to produce 24 tons of hand sanitizer

Some of these can be seen without the paywall at chron.con
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◾ Houston-area COVID-19 cases at 713
◾ 2nd COVID-19 related death in Houston was woman in her 70s
◾ 7 HPD officers test positive for virus
◾ Officers will be wearing face masks
◾ Butler Stadium testing site expanded to people of all ages with symptoms
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Police cars revolving lightGALVESTON BEACHES CLOSEDPolice cars revolving light: The order will go into effect March 29 at 2:45 p.m. https://abc13.com/6061160/?ex_cid=SND_K ... mpaign=snd
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Last night, as we started the first minutes of Season 3 of Ozark, a blinding white light pierced through the glass of our front door, followed by a red one. We investigated and found an ambulance across the street and a few doors down. An 82 year old man lives there alone. After a few minutes, the (mostly volunteer) EMTs got out and went and knocked on the front door. The only protective equipment they had on were blue gloves. No answer. They meandered around to the back, flashlights in hand. Entry unsuccessful.

Eventually one of the next door neighbors came running over. We surmised he had a key. Much time passes, still no entry. They eventually got in, but there was no rush. We went back to Netflix. The ambulance was there for over an hour!. The cops never showed so I guess the guy wasn't dead, and they never took him out.

We could not help but think that a week or two from now there will be no such luxury of an ambulance spending one hour on a call. With basically no PPE.
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Heading south on 146 today to take Mrs. V. to the eye doctor the container traffic trying to go the the Bayport Terminal was backed up onto 146 for miles. Mrs. V. took this photo as we headed home. No idea what was happening. This is not normal. Otherwise traffic was light, mostly trucks.

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:shock: This is the best case scenario.

Coronavirus In Texas: Here's When Illness Could Peak
A new model from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows when the new coronavirus could peak in Texas.


https://patch.com/texas/pasadena-tx/s/h ... bg3xGyVtSc
Dr. Christopher Murray, the director of the institute, wrote, "Our estimated trajectory of COVID-19 deaths assumes continued and uninterrupted vigilance by the general public, hospital and health workers, and government agencies.

"The trajectory of the pandemic will change – and dramatically for the worse – if people ease up on social distancing or relax with other precautions. We encourage everyone to adhere to those precautions to help save lives."

In Texas, the institute projects the infection rate to peak on May 2.

On that peak date, deaths are expected to total anywhere between 31-191, and between 1,314 and 7,772 Texas residents could die by Aug. 4, the institute said.
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