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Local Health Authority Sounds Alarm
Oct14

Local Health Authority Sounds Alarm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Local Health Authority has been working diligently to help combat the virus. With the current spike in cases Hopkins County is currently experiencing, Brynn Smith who serves as the Local Health Authority Nurse for Hopkins and Delta Counties has become very concerned. She shared her concerns with KSST News, drawing a direct correlation between the public’s lax participation of social distancing...

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*Updated* Local Health Authority Still In Dark On State-Reported COVID-19 Death
Jul13

*Updated* Local Health Authority Still In Dark On State-Reported COVID-19 Death

KSST News has received information from our local Emergency Management Team that this latest state reported death has been determined to be a mistake. For the fourth time, the Texas Health and Human Services/Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 website has registered a death from COVID-19 to Hopkins County, and for the fourth time the Local Health Authority reports to KSST News that they have still not been notified in...

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The Role Of The Local Health Authority During COVID-19 Pandemic
Jun19

The Role Of The Local Health Authority During COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local emergency management officials have referred to the local Local Health Authority in relation of positive patients. While many know that the LHA is involved during the COVID-19 pandemic, not everyone knows or understands the LHA’s role. The Local Health Authority is appointed by the county government to provide support services in the absence of a county health department. Dr. I.L. Balkcom IV...

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Commissioners Court Reappoints Balkcom As Local Health Authority
Mar26

Commissioners Court Reappoints Balkcom As Local Health Authority

Hopkins County Commissioners Court Thursday evening called an emergency meeting to reappoint Dr. Balkcom as the county’s official Local Health Authority. Judge Robert Newsom first reported there are no new reports of positive coronavirus cases; just one as reported Tuesday. Newsom noted that Dr. I. L. Balkcom IV has served in this capacity for a number of years and recommended that he be reappointed as Local health Authority....

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DSHS launches Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler
Mar30

DSHS launches Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler

Registration Available For Vaccine Clinics By DSHS And Some Other Public Health Entities As Texas opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services is launching the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. The scheduler gives people one place to sign up for a COVID-19 shot through multiple public health departments, including the eight DSHS public health regions, which provide...

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Commissioners Approve Infrastructure Grant, Solar Reinvestment Zone, Mental Health Transport Agreement
Jul13

Commissioners Approve Infrastructure Grant, Solar Reinvestment Zone, Mental Health Transport Agreement

Hopkins County Commissioners Court approved resolutions Monday agreeing to give the county judge authority to sign off on documents granting a reinvestment zone for Pine Forest Solar LLC and to move forward with a grant that would provide some funding for county road improvements. Health insurance and a multi-agency mental health transports agreement were also approved by the commissioners court during the July 13, 2020 session....

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State Reports First COVID-19 Death for Hopkins County, Local Officials Challenge
Jun20

State Reports First COVID-19 Death for Hopkins County, Local Officials Challenge

On June 20th Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom confirmed that the State of Texas had reported that one person has died in Hopkins County due to complications of COVID-19. The Local Health Authority of Hopkins County is challenging the determination as the patient had underlying health conditions. No more information is known about the case or the patient at this time. Two more positive cases were announced during the teleconference....

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Commissioners Court Approves Agreement With Delta County For Public Health Authority
Apr13

Commissioners Court Approves Agreement With Delta County For Public Health Authority

Hopkins County Commissioners Court, during their regular meeting Monday, approved an inter-local agreement with Delta County for a public health authority. Hopkins County Commissioners Court on March 26 held a special meeting to reappointed Dr. I. L. Balkcom IV as Hopkins County’s public health authority, a capacity Balkcom has served in for a number of years. After weeks, Delta County on April 7 received confirmation of one...

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THHS Commission Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Mar31

THHS Commission Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919. “Through this new effort, we are...

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AG: Local Governments Must Allow The Sale Of Firearms
Mar27

AG: Local Governments Must Allow The Sale Of Firearms

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a legal opinion following a request from Representative Dustin Burrows regarding the sales of firearms in Texas municipalities and counties. The opinion concludes that municipal and county authorities may not use emergency powers to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms.   Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General “State law provides several emergency powers to...

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