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Yvonne Cones

       I am still staying at home except to water the plants on the porch and walk around the trees. I certainly appreciate being able to do this and to watch the birds busy with their nests.
       I know we are all grateful to our First Responders who are keeping everything moving in the vital areas. Thanks to them and also the mail men and women, the newspaper deliverer, the staff at our supermarkets and delivery and take out food servers. I know we appreciate all of them, and all of the other businesses who are working in exempt status. 

       One of these is Coldspring chamber member Wolf Creek A/C. We all know how dreadful it is when our A/C goes out in the summer heat. So, if you are unlucky enough to need help. call them at 936-653-3888. Our county has so far as I know only one case of the Covid virus and the patient is in hospital. I think being careful and following the rules set out by our County Judge and Governor has helped a lot here. However if you need medical advice and help, we have the Health Center of South East Texas offering us "a safe place to call". 

       I mentioned them last week but since then I received a lot more information. Melaney Strickland is the Marketing/Outreach Coordinator for the Center. She told me that they are now able to accept new patients and that they accept Medicare, Medicaid, most major insurances and they also have an income based sliding scale system . Their motto for this difficult time is " Reach out for help from the safety of your home with a virtual Tele-Health visit. They offer many services, among them counseling for family and individuals as well as substance abuse, anxiety and depression and much more. They have offices in Shepherd, Livingston and Cleveland and Liberty. You must call first if you need to visit the centers, although the Cleveland office has an acute care clinic that will accept walk-in patients but you must CALL first so they can accommodate you safely. There is much more information on their Facebook page and their web site, The phone number is 281-592-2224. The medical director is Dr. Jasmine Sulaiman M.D., FAAFP who was the Physician of the Year for 2013-2014 and voted the Country Doctor of the Year for 2016.

       If you have a small business and need some help with finances look up the Small Business Development Center web site. Based in Huntsville they can advise you on how to apply for your disaster loan. There is no cost for their services and they will navigate you through the process caused by the pandemic. There is so much information on their web site and they offer interviews through Zoom, email or phone. Call them at 936-294-3737.

 Shepherd Chamber of Commerce                                                    Coldspring- San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 520, Shepherd 77371                                                          31 N. Butler St. Coldspring 77331
936-628-3890                                                                                    936-653-2184