Bay City Churches plan online Easter services

   With Good Friday fast approaching on April 10 and Easter following on Sunday, April 12 – many houses of worship have transitioned to online services.
   And most of those have been doing so since Governor Abbott mandated limiting groups of people to 10 or less since March 19.
   Bay City’s St. Peter Lutheran Church is offering live worship on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. via the internet.
   They will also offer live prayer and worship on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil at 7 p.m.
   Check out their Facebook page for more details: St Peter Lutheran ELCA Bay City TX.
   Holy Cross Catholic Church will be using its new Facebook page for live streaming mass and other services.
   Even without a Facebook account, it is still possible to view the live stream by accessing the Facebook page through your browser.  


"EDC, BCCDC seminar discusses small business challenges, responses" by: Jessica Shepard

 Over 30 people tuned in to the latest Matagorda County Economic Development Center’s “Let’s Talk Brass Tacks” live stream featuring a discussion on what resources are available for businesses countywide in the wake of COVID-19 struggles, April 3.
   Live stream hosts included MCEDC Executive Director Mike Ferdinand, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames, Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Russell and Small Business Development Center Advisor Mindi Snyder.
   “This is a very fluid situation in that you have a lot of dollars approved to help business and people help,” said Ferdinand.
   “We, with economic development and community development, are working to try and support our businesses not only through this period of time but also gearing up to work through the recovery part for our economy. As things move forward, we are keeping our webpage up to date.”


CISA website the go-to source for questions about essential Matagorda County jobs

   Many questions have popped up since COVID-19 hit Matagorda County and surrounding areas.
   Most notably is the question of what is an “essential” worker or job.
   Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Bay City Police Department are referring citizens to the “Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response” list found on the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Security Agency’s website.
   That website and the full list can be found at


"The new normal will continue to evolve" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   I know all of us can very vividly remember the fall and winter of 2018-19 with all the water, mosquitoes, and questions of how the upcoming production year would look. 
   Oh, what a difference a year makes! 
   The year progressed like all years do by presenting situations to what we must adapt. 
   The fall and winter of 2019-20 saw very mild temperatures and rainfall that allowed farming practices to proceed and ranchers not having to feed cattle in an airboat. 
   As the winter progressed, several started to raise questions as to the availability of soil moisture, or the lack thereof, and potential impacts on planting and early germination. 
   A friend of mine, and very astute farmer, made a comment several months ago that still resonates with me today. 


"COVID-19 and teen safe driving: Parents, talk to your teen about safe driving" Denise Green-Grisham Matagorda County Extension Agent – 4H & Youth Development Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

   With schools officially closed due to COVID-19 for at least the next five weeks, more teens may be tempted to be on the road. 
   Hopefully, the need to shelter in place and maintain social distancing will prevent an increase in teen traffic crashes. 
   As a reminder, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. 
   The American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that the 100 deadliest days for teens are from Memorial Day until Labor Day because school is out, and more inexperienced teen drivers are on the road. Parents can play a role in reducing this risk, not only by enforcing shelter in place rules, but by spending extra time with family talking to their teens about safe driving. 
   Parents have more influence over their teens than they may think. 
   In fact, leading experts believe parents play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths.  


Texas A&M System starts TV series on COVID-19 Fight

   COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Scientists and other experts from throughout The Texas A&M University System will speak with Chancellor John Sharp about their roles in the fight against COVID-19 on a new television series beginning 7 p.m. Thursday.
The special series will air every Thursday at 7 p.m. on KAMU-TV. It also will be available on the System’s YouTube channel:
“During this pandemic, our scientists and policy advisors are counted on across Texas and all across the world,” Chancellor Sharp said. 
   “I’m delighted to partner with KAMU and host a show that will share with Texans our unique roles and expert insights.” 
   Episode one will feature Dr. Peter Hotez, a Hagler Institute scholar at Texas A&M University and a professor, vaccine researcher and dean at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. 


MEHOP adds 2 new physicians in April

   MEHOP announces that it will add two new physicians in April. 
   Joel Rosen, MD, will be a new addition for MEHOP Pediatrics in Bay City, and Olubukola (Bukky) Ayeni, MD, will provide obstetrics and gynecology services in Wharton and Bay City.
Rosen received his Doctor of Medicine degree abroad through the New York State Program at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel. 
   Rosen offers an extensive background in pediatric care. 
   He completed his residency in pediatrics at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, along with fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and Pediatric Nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx, New York. 
   His professional experience includes attending physician for the Department of Pediatrics at


MEHOP is now offering Telehealth Services

   For patient convenience and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, MEHOP now offers telehealth services for Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Behavioral Health appointments. 
   Some providers are still completing training at this time, but all providers who are able to provide patient care through telehealth should be accessible by the week of April 6, and appointments can now be scheduled. 
   Our clinics do remain open for appointments that require the patient to be seen in the clinic. MEHOP Dental is open for dental emergencies, however we are not accepting patients on a walk-in basis. 
   We ask that you call our dental clinic first before arriving. 
   To learn more about our telehealth services and how to set up telehealth on electronic devices, please contact the clinic you would like to establish these services with at 979-245-2008. 


"County judge orders mandatory 'stay at home'" by: Mike Reddell

Pointing to the jump of 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases early in the week to 35 confirmed by Thursday, County Judge Nate McDonald ordered a mandatory stay at home order for Matagorda County at a press conference Thursday afternoon, April 2.

“I am announcing a mandatory order stay at home,” McDonald said.

Pointing out the 35 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, “that’s a large number,” he said.

McDonald - flanked by law enforcement officers including Sheriff Skipper Osborne, BCPD Chief Robert Lister and Palacios PD Chief David Miles - said, “They are going to enforce law.”

The judge’s order means only one person in a family can be delegated to go and make essential purchases.

McDonald asked the sheriff to put “licensed peace officers out there on the street to enforce this. This has the force of law.”

“Let’s be real clear on the orders,” McDonald said about the county and governor’s orders.


"Judge issues voluntary stay-at-home, curfew orders" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County now has 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of the Bay City Sentinel’s presstime Tuesday, March 31.
   The most recent case is a male, between 50-55, who is at home, with no travel indicated.
   Three other positive cases reported Monday, March 30, fell into the 30-35, 60-65, and 70-75 age groups.
   At a press conference Monday afternoon, County Judge Nate McDonald announced a voluntary stay-at-home order for the county’s unincorporated areas.
   The judge said he was following the City of Bay City, which issued a voluntary stay-at-home order last week. 
   “Let me explain to you what that means. Voluntary is giving you all the credit to make good decisions,” McDonald said.
   “I can tell you if in a couple of days some of our bad actors are still making bad decisions, we’re going to make it a little bit tougher for everybody to get around, and we’re going to place you under mandatory shelter-in-place.”


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