By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE — With a limited number of officials present in the commissioners’ courtroom and three of the county commissioners attending via teleconference, the Tyler County Commissioners Court had its regular meeting on Monday morning.
Because of the protocol put into place due to coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, the meeting’s format was changed and there were agenda items pertaining to the virus and preventing it in the county.
Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette said he is a member of several different groups for elected officials that are keeping information pertaining to the virus and governing protocol current. “You may see amended executive orders coming out in the days ahead,” Blanchette said. “We are attempting to try to reduce those things down to absolutely critical items that would provide for the safety and protection of the citizens of the county.”
“The focus is containment and the goal is saving lives,” Blanchette said. To designate someone during the COVID-19 crisis, the court approved Woodville physician Dr. Paula Denson as the county’s public health official. Blanchette said the appointment will speak to a need the county has to address concerns from the public, and Denson agreed to serve in that capacity during the crisis.
The court also approved the ratification of the emergency declaration of disaster and the amended emergency order which were both put into place in their original forms last week. The declaration of disaster recognizes the county as being able to take part of any sort of programs or support available from the state, if there are any available.