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Declaration of Disaster – COVID-19 – 3/26/2020

A Declaration of Disaster and accompanying Emergency Orders have been signed by mayor Larry Spears Jr. which will become effective at 11:59 pm, March 26, 2020.

During this entire episode, the City of Orange has supported the actions of Orange County Judge John Gothia and the other area County Judges.  We feel fortunate that currently there is only one reported positive case in Orange County and a relatively limited number in Southeast Texas.  The City of Orange believes this declaration and emergency orders will assist in the area-wide effort to limit the public’s exposure to COVID-19 and curtail the spread of the virus.

Declaration of Disaster & Emergency Order – 3/26/2020

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SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Texas small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Greg Abbott on March 17, 2020.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Hotline Number Established

Orange County Judge John Gothia followed Governor Abbott’s executive order on Thursday with an Emergency Declaration for the county. Gothia said his declaration will closely follow the details of the executive order from the governor. Like the governor’s executive order, Gothia’s Emergency Declaration goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Friday, March 20.

Orange County is also establishing a phone number that citizens can call if they suspect they may have contracted COVID-19. Gothia indicated the phone line, (409) 550-2536, will go into effect at 8:00 AM on Friday.

The screening process begins with the phone call. Individuals will be screened for qualifications to determine if they will be tested at one of the facilities doing COVID-19 testing in the area. “If you make it through the screening that says you have it, you’ll be assigned a number and an appointment time and location of where you will take your test,” Gothia concluded.


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Library – Curbside Circulation Services

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020:

To facilitate social distancing, the Orange Public Library will be doing curbside circulation services only.

The library offers four  options for patrons to request books for checkout:

  1. Online reserves or requests (go to orangetexaslibrary.com and select catalog)
  2. By email (orangelibrary@orangetx.org)
  3. By phone (409-883-1086)
  4. In person

**Patrons will be limited to 5 items per person, and 10 per family.

** Patrons must be specific in their requests, as staff will not be selecting titles.

This will be first come/call/email, first serve, and could require a short wait.

In addition, patrons are encouraged to use digital library services:

  1. eBooks & digital audiobooks using the SimplyE, Libby & Overdrive apps.
  2. Online databases available through the Library’s webpage.

In addition, due to the cancellation of the Library’s Annual Book Sale, books will be available (at no cost) with a limit of 3 per person.

For more information, call 409-883-1086. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Business

Businesses and/or private non-profits that may have been impacted by COVID-19 are able to submit an Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Business. For example, any large event, conference or gathering that was cancelled due to concerns over CoVID19 which causes a loss of business; or any business that may be impacted negatively economically due to concerns of CoVID19.

A worksheet may be found at the following link:


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