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Lee County is committed to providing excellent and professional service to our county constituents everyday and to meet or exceed their expectations in all of our county offices. As part of the team, we hope you will discover that the pursuit of excellence is a rewarding aspect of our career here.

HOLIDAY NOTICE
All Lee County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Declaration of Local Disaster - March 20, 2020
Commissioners Order - March 23, 2020 
Press Release - (3/20/20 10:40 am)
Press Release (3/23/20 1:00 pm)
Press Release (3/23/20 4:50 pm)
Press Release (3/26/20 8:00 am)
Press Release - attached document - Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce  - (4/1/20 11:20 am)
 Order - Governor Abbott's GA 14 
Press Release (4/1/20 3:25 pm)
Order (4/1/20 7:00 pm)
Press Release (4/3/20 11:00 am)
Press Release (4/7/20)
66 Test have been administered in Lee County- 2 confirmed cases that have recovered (4/16/20 - 2:10 pm)
Press Release (4/21/20)
Press Release (4/24/20)
Press Release - Free COVID Testing By Appointment (4/24/20)
78 Test have been administered in Lee County - 2 Confirmed cases that have recovered (4/24/20 - 7:02 pm)
Press Release (4/28/20)
The Governor's Report To Open Texas
GA-18
GA-19
GA-20
GA-21
GA-22
GA-23
Press Release (5/5/20)- Free COVID-19 Testing Results for Lee County
Press Release - GA-21 (5/8/20)
Press Release - Lee County Businesses to re-open at 50% capacity (5/8/20)
Press Release - Lee County COVID-19 Numbers (5/8/20)
Press Release - COVID-19 Numbers (5/11/20)
Press Release - (5/19/20)
Press Release  - COVID-19 Numbers (5/20/20)
Press Release - COVID-19 Numbers (5/21/20)

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2020 all Lee County buildings will be open to the general public. Social distancing guidelines and hygiene rules will be enacted and enforced.

Courthouse will have the Southeast Entrance open to the public. 

Lee County Indigent Health Care Office - Clients will be seen by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment call (979)542-3101.

Lee County Jail: All visitation to the county jail is suspended until further notice, with the exception of attorneys and law enforcement. 

County Court:  No county criminal court in May.

Jury Trials: No jury trials in any courts before May 8, 2020.

District Court:  Passport applications acceptance will be temporarily suspended. COURT PROCEEDINGS will be held according to the Order of the Court signed March 20, 2020 by the presiding judges of the 21st & 335th Judicial District Courts. Please contact the District Clerk's office at 979-542-2947 or lisa.teinert@co.lee.tx.us if you have any questions regarding court proceedings. 

JP Offices: As long as the Emergency Order are in effect. No criminal court in April.  Only the cases listed as "essential court proceedings" by the Texas Supreme Court will be addressed.  The time line for answering citations and lawsuits have been relaxed. No one will have a hold on their license for failing to contact the court by their due date. There will be no violation of promise to appear and no one will be forwarded to collections.
Offices are accepting filings thru the mail, also thru email and telephone.
Please contact the office if you have any questions: 
JP #2 at  979-542-3030 or jp2@co.lee.tx.us ; JP#3 at 979-773-2267 or jp3@co.lee.tx.us ; JP#4 at 979-884-4001 or jp4@co.lee.tx.us

Tax Office (Giddings): The office will open Monday, May 4, 2020 to the public. There is a drop box labeled "Tax Office" and "Appraisal Office" that is available by the front entrance to the building if you feel uncomfortable about coming into the office. There will be a hand sanitizing station setup when you enter the building. WE ARE REQUESTING THAT YOU ABIDE BY THE SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES PUT OUT BY THE CDC. WE ALSO ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE WHILE YOU ARE IN OUR OFFICE. Please contact the Tax Office at 979-542-2640 or dmatthijetz@co.lee.tx.us if you have any questions.

Tax Office (Lexington): The drive thru is located on the North side of the building, available to the public.  PLEASE DO NOT TRY ENTERING THE TAX OFFICE THROUGH THE JP#3 ENTRANCE. THE TAX OFFICE LOBBY IS CLOSED. Please contact the office at 979-773-2266 if you have any questions. 

County Clerks:  Contact at 979-542-3684 or sharon.blasig@co.lee.tx.us if you have any questions.

Probation: Contact at 979-542-3711 for questions

Driver License Office: Closed till further notice

COVID-19 CALL CENTER Lee County, the City of Giddings, and the City of Lexington, have opened a call center to provide a single source of information and resources during the Covid-19 crisis for Lee County citizens.

The call center opens at 8:00 a.m. on Friday April 3 and will be operated by county or city staff and officials.

Lee County residents can call the call center number at 866-686-7873  Calls will be answered between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.   Callers may leave a message and have a representative return their call if the call is not answered.

Callers with questions about the COVID-19 disaster declaration and executive orders should call this number instead of directly calling the City of Giddings, the City of Lexington, or Lee County.   Calls may be forwarded to other agencies or resources if necessary.

For emergencies you should still call 911.

Public Announcement - At 4:56 p.m. on April 1, 2020, Lee County Judge Paul Fischer received notification from Dr. Laura Birnbaum, the Lee County Health Official, that Lee County has two (2) confirmed coronavirus case. Due to HIPAA regulations, the County can provide no additional information at this time. 

Judge Fischer again strongly encourages compliance with Governor Abbott's Emergency Order as to social distancing and essential activities outside the home to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Lee County will continue to update the public as information becomes available.

Stay home and be safe.

Public Announcement - At 5:15 p.m., County Judge Paul Fischer addressed rumors that Lee County is under a curfew. Lee County does not have a curfew. Governor Abbott's executive order did not impose a curfew. 

Public AnnouncementBecause Lee County has confirmed cases of COVID-19, Judge Paul Fischer at 7:00 p.m. on April 1, 2020 issued an Order relating to COVID -19.  The Order incorporates authority allowed by Governor Abbott Executive Order GA 14 and Public Health Disaster Declaration by Dr. John Hellerstedt dated March 19, 2020.  The Order specifically requires individuals known to have or are under monitoring  for COVID-19, to follow direction provided by duly authorized persons, including public health officials, and Lee County Health Official Requirements and Recommendations included in the Order.

Public Announcement– City of Giddings Emergency Management Coordinator Spencer Schneider confirmed to Judge Fischer that as of 5:00 p.m., on April 3, 2020, forty (40) test have been administered in Lee County for the detection of COVID-19 infection. At this time Lee County has two (2) confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Call Center Activity: The COVID-19 Call Center opened at 8:00am this morning. As of 5:00pm today, the center has received 19 calls. Non-English speakers may need a translator available. The Call Center is operational 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.  After Hours: Callers may leave a message and a representative will return the call.

Public Announcement – As of April 15, 2020 both of the Lee County confirmed COVID-19 case patients  have recovered and have been released from quarantine according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  As of noon today, Lee County still has only two confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Public Announcement – (4/17/20 – 3:00pm)Governor Abbott issued new Executive Orders with the following guidelines:

Executive Order (GA-15) – relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment needed for the COVID-19 response. Beginning at 11:59pm on April 21 through 11:59pm on May 8, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition.

State parks are to reopen on Monday, April 20th with the following guidelines: requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.

Executive Order (GA-16) – establishes a temporary “Retail-To-Go” that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24 (required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact).

Schools (including public, private, and higher education institutions) will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

April 27th, Governor Abbott will announce a revised plan for the state based on recommendations from the Special Advisory Council.

Executive Orders can be found on the County website at www.co.lee.tx.us 

Public Announcement – (5/12/20) Lee County received notice from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) of a new case.

New case @ 78942 zip code

At this time, Lee County has 4 active cases.

The County provides updates of new cases as we receive them from DSHS.

Texas Dept. of State Health Services Coronavirus Updates

DSHS - Guidance For Persons Isolated at Home

CDC Flyer - Essential Critical Workers Do's and Don't

CDC - Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Information from the Office of the Texas Governor - Greg Abbott

The President's Guidelines for the Next 15 Days

CDC Recommendations for Mass Gatherings

Help Prevent Disease

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you (English) (Spanish)

What to do if you are sick (English) (Spanish)

Texas Restaurant Actions During COVID-19

Tax Office News Release - 3/19/20

Joint Press Release -Lee County Schools to Close Facilities (3/19/20 10:00 am)

Texas Veterans Commission - 3/19/20

Public Information Act Catastrophe Notice
Public Information Act Catastrophe Extension Notice

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BUSINESSES THAT HAVE CHANGED REGULAR HOURS

Walmart: Sunday - Saturday 7:00am - 8:30pm
Senior Citizens Hour (62 years & older): Tuesday 6am - 7am

Dollar General: Sunday - Saturday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Senior Citizens Hour: 8:00am - 9:0am

Peterson Food Mart Inc. (Lexington): Senior Hours Sunday - Saturday 5pm -7pm        

For more Business Resources relating to the COVID-19 Virus go to the Chamber of Commerce site

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act 
Small Business Assistance
Resources for Employers
Essential Businesses - Based on Governor's Order

LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND BARS
**Local Restaurants and bars are asked to close their dining/gathering areas** 

Contact Denice Harlan at the Giddings Chamber of Commerce at chambergiddings@gmail.com or 979-542-3455 to correct or add to the information we have.

Updating Lexington business information from Lexington Chamber of Commerce.

TO GO AND CARRY OUT

Bernies - 979-542-4866
Brookshire Brothers- 979-542-5025
Bullpen Sports Bar & Grill - 979-366-2500
Cardenas - 979-542-4410
City Meat Market - 979-542-2740
Deep Roots – 979-540-8357
El Charro T - 979-542-3480
Elm Creek Inn & RV Park - 512-253-0026 or 979-716-9480
Giddings Downtown Restaurant - 979-542-2201
Hoa Son - 979-212-0343
Hunan's – Gone Fishing
JW's Steakhouse - 979-278-4240
Kasper’s - 979-366-2999
Los Patrones - 979-542-0127
Lost Pines BBQ - 979-542-2075
Mel’s Diner - 979-542-5100
Murphys - 979-242-3433
One & Only Food Trailer 979-716-7823
Outlaws BBQ - 979-540-0712 we deliver
Que-Zeen in Warda - 979-242-3477
Reba's - 979-542-4700
Roadhouse Paige - 512-253-3939
Royer’s Cafe Round Top - 979-249-3611
Santa Fe Steakhouse -979-540-3330
Subway - 979-542-9601
Taco Hut - 956-330-5897
Taqueria Chihuahua - 979-542-3927
@urbancowboysouthernfusion - catering delivery 512-229-5116

FAST FOOD WITH DRIVE-THRU
Download the apps to order online and pick-up to go!

Burger King
Dairy Queen
Dominoes
Golden Chick
Little Caesar's
McDonald's
Pizza Hut
Sonic
Starbucks
Taco Bell
Whataburger

Also- food on the go is available at Bucees, Rattler’s, Travel Center


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COUNTY CLEAN-UP ON JULY 11, 2020

ALL COUNTY RECYCLE CENTER'S
ARE NO LONGER
ACCEPTING GLASS OR PLASTIC TILL FURTHER NOTICE.

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Burn Ban Map:
http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/DecBan.png

Burn Ban Has Been Lifted Effective November 1, 2019

FM96.3
 
Road Closure Information
DriveTexas.org - TXDOT Road Closures
ATXfloods.com

Sign up for Regional Notification System at WarnCentralTexas.org 

 

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