Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding licensing renewal and subsequent fees for nurses in Texas, his office announced March 25. The Governor's waiver authorizes a six-month grace period for nurses with expired licenses. This grace period will…
Sempra Energy announced March 23 that the Sempra Energy Foundation would donate up to $500,000 to help small to medium-sized nonprofits in Texas as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. “Many nonprofit organizations are faced with…
Governor Greg Abbott announced March 25 that he has temporarily waived certain hospital licensing rules and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has adopted an emergency rule to meet Texas’ need for additional hospital capacity while the state responds to COVID-19. The actions…
The office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is offering options for businesses struggling to pay taxes due to reduced sales during COVID-19-related restrictions. The office released the following statement on March 25: “These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation.…
Texas doctors have joined Governor Greg Abbott in his call on industry to donate life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical staff on the front lines fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, released the following…
The city of Beaumont Planning & Zoning Office is currently restricting public access due to COVID-19 and is outlining the procedures for public inquiries and business during the temporary limitation. According to a statement released March 23, the office will continue operation and provided a…
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking a stern stance against websites spreading false information or offering scam solutions related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The DOJ announced March 22 that it filed its first enforcement action against COVID-19 fraud, with…
Atlas Marine Services announced March 17 that it has expanded its 24/7 dockside fueling services to Port Arthur and has appointed George McAfee as General Manager of Marine Operations to support continued operational growth throughout 2020. According to the company, the move was driven by…
Governor Greg Abbott is taking measures to increase hospital bed capacity during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, his office reported over the weekend. Abbott signed an Executive Order March 22 to expand hospital bed capacity as the state responds to the COVID-19 virus. These actions…
Governor Greg Abbott announced March 20 that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to…

More and more news is coming about the coronavirus and its impacts on Southeast Texas. On this…