During a briefing at the Jefferson County Courthouse carried live on KFDM Facebook, Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel, one of the leaders of the five-county emergency management team, including Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Newton and Jasper Counties, said a decision on whether to issue a stay-at-home order could come by noon Wednesday.
Harris County issued such an order Tuesday, taking effect for the entire county and cities, including Houston, at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Similar orders were issued in Dallas, San Antonio, Bexar County, Austin, Travis County, Galveston County, El Paso County--a total of 17 counties thus far.
Governor Greg Abbott has said he doesn't support a statewide order, preferring to leave the decision to counties and local jurisdictions.
Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said Tuesday evening that there had been some discussion of the issue. However, he said that every avenue was being considered as the leaders try to keep the citizens of the region safe and sound.
Allen said any measure would be an effort to keep the virus from spreading to the people of Southeast Texas and at the same time, limit any restriction on the people's freedom to work and move about. He said large groups of people were still an issue that was causing concern.