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Chambers County to offer economic assistance for food, rent, and more

Chambers County Indigent Healthcare is now accepting applications from Chambers County residents who wish to participate in the Brazos Valley Community Action Program (BVCAP).

This is a first come, first served program that provides assistance for food, utility, rent and mortgage payments. It is open to residents whose income level does not exceed 125 percent of poverty level. Specific household size to monthly income ratios are provided in the attachments.

Applications are accepted by appointment only. Please call Chambers County Indigent Healthcare at 409-267- 2770 to schedule your visit.

Beginning September 7, Chambers County Indigent Healthcare will begin accepting applications from Chambers County Residents who wish to participate in the Brazos Valley Community Action Program (BVCAP).

BVCAP is a first come, first served program that provides assistance for food, utility, rent and mortgage payments.

Personal Responsibility urged as Positive COVID-19 Cases Increase in County

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, Chambers County Local Health Authority Dr. William Clay Brown, Chambers County Public Health Director Mary Beth Bess and Chambers County Emergency Services Director Ron Nichols urgently appeal to Chambers County residents to take personal responsibility for their own health and actions and take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is wreaking havoc on the local, regional and state healthcare system, restricting the level of and speed at which emergent care can be delivered. As of the issuance of this statement, the Chambers County EMS call volume has increased 73 percent over this time last year and 67 percent of calls are to either COVID-19 positive or suspected positive patients.

Many regional hospitals have declared Internal Disasters or are unable to take patients due to lack of available beds or staff. Patients are spending an average of 96 hours in the Emergency Room before they are moved to a bed. Many are being treated in hallways and medics are being left with patients who are waiting to be admitted so that ambulances are able to return to service.

Chambers County libraries re-open May 4

New Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch Library in Winnie opens on May 3

CHAMBERS COUNTY, TEXAS – The Chambers County Library System will be entering the month of May 2021 with a bang as they hold the grand opening of the new Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch Library on May 3 and reopen all other branch locations at 100 percent beginning May 4.

“This is a great day for Chambers County,” said Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia. “The Chambers County Library System is an integral part of our communities and we are excited to open not only a new branch location, but also reopen 100 percent to the public.”

Sheriff solves serial robberies with arrests

A series of robberies from Orange to Harris County have lead to a series of arrests by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.

What began late January 6 with Chambers County Sheriff’s Office responding to a robbery call at DJ’s Grocery near Interstate 10 would amount to a series of robberies over a wide region in January.

Victims at the grocery store described multiple actors wearing masks, entering the business, brandishing a firearm and demanding money. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the business and the actors fled the area in a vehicle that was parked nearby.

January 19 at the 8100 block of SH-146 a similar armed robbery drew deputies to investigate. Shortly after this report, a second report of an armed robbery was reported again at DJ’s Grocery. After reviewing security video footage, it became apparent to Chambers County Detectives that the same individuals were most likely responsible for all three robberies.

Detectives determined that these individuals have been responsible for numerous other armed robberies from Baytown to Orange at various gas stations over the last month. Through joint efforts from multiple law enforcement agencies along the IH-10 corridor in Southeast Texas, the robbery suspects have now been identified.

340 Vaccine shots given at Drive-Thru Site

Chambers County Public Health Administers 340 Vaccines at Point of Distribution Drive Through Site

CHAMBERS COUNTY, TEXAS – On January 23, 2021, Chambers County Public Health facilitated the administration of 340 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after their designation as a COVID19 Vaccine Hub by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This was the first major distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to the Phase 1B population in Chambers County, and was only the first in a series of planned vaccination sites. Facilitated by Chambers County Public Health, this event was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies including Chambers County, the City of Mont Belvieu and Winnie-Stowell EMS.

“We have been working to thoroughly vaccinate Phase 1A populations in Chambers County up until this point,” said Chambers County Health Services Director Mary Beth Bess. “With this event, we took a huge step toward expanding vaccination efforts to Phase 1B.”

A small number of vaccines was allocated to this vaccination site, with others set aside for planned distribution sites in the coming weeks as part of CCPH’s designation as a vaccine hub. Pre-registration for this site was required and utilized to facilitate registration in the State’s Immunization Registrty (ImmTrac2). There was a limited number of vaccines available for this site, and spots filled quickly.

Chambers County designated as Vaccine HUB

CHAMBERS COUNTY – Samantha Humphrey, Public Information Officer for the county, reports receiving quite a few calls and emails over the weekend regarding Chambers County’s designation as a COVID-19 vaccination HUB. She said that the county is still in the very early stages of planning vaccination sites.

Here is some basic information that may be of use:

Chambers County learned of their designation as a vaccination HUB on Saturday, January 16, 2020 and immediately began working to identify potential mass vaccination sites and staff.

The county has a limited number of vaccines available currently, and so pre-registration for sites will be required. Information regarding pre-registration for these sites will be released soon. No unregistered walk ups or drive ups will be accepted.

Body found floating in Dutton Lake

CHAMBERS COUNTY – Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that October 13, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Division responded to the 15000 block of FM 2354 in Beach City, Texas, in reference to a deceased person in the waters of Dutton Lake (Cooling Pond).

Initial investigation reveals that foul play may have been involved in the death of the victim. The victim appears to be a white or Hispanic male, unknown age, and large in stature. The investigation is in the very early stages and the cause of death is unknown at this time. An autopsy is pending at the order of Justice of the Peace Precinct 6, Larry Cryer.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne asks that anyone with information regarding the deceased person or any missing persons in the area, please contact Detective Kalyn Perry at the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office at (409) 267- 2500.

Two COVID-19 deaths in Chambers County

Chambers County reports its first two COVID19 related deaths.

The first decedent was a male, aged 70 to 80-year-sold. The second decedent was a female, aged 40 to 50-years-old. Both had underlying health conditions.

In order to protect patient privacy, Chambers County Public Health is unable to release any additional information.

“We are deeply saddened to report this news and we offer our deepest heartfelt condolences to the families of these patients during this difficult time,” said Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia.

These deaths come after climbing numbers of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Chambers County.

“We continue to see an exponential increase in case counts in Chambers County and throughout the Region,” said Local Health Authority W. Clay Brown, MD.

Chambers County under disaster declaration to avoid spreading of COVID-19

The following is a summary of current actions that Chambers County is taking to curtail the spread of COVID-19. These actions are being taken upon the recommendations of the CDC and the Chambers County Local Health Authority:

County Closures

– All County-owned rental facilities (community centers, arenas, etc.) are closed until April 28th . Parks are currently still open.

– All County libraries will be closed until April 28th.

– The 344th District Court is closed for two weeks.

– No County Court judicial proceedings until April 28th.

– County Solid Waste Permit renewals (dump stickers) are suspended until April 28th. If you have a sticker that has expired, you will be allowed to dump. If you need a new sticker you will have to purchase one as normal.

Recommendations for the Community

– Local places of assembly (restaurants, churches, places where people gather) are encouraged to follow current CDC guidance, which recommends not to have gatherings of more than 10 people. This guidance is voluntary at this time.