This is Part 4 of our series of blogs covering the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. To read the first part covering the State of Texas as a whole: click here. For Part 2 covering north and northwest Harris county: click here. For part 3 covering Montgomery county: click here.
Today, Guardian Safe & Lock will be continuing our coverage of the novel Coronavirus in part 4 of our series of blogs titled Texas, Houston, and COVID-19. For this portion, your local Houston locksmith will be focusing on northeast Harris county. In particular, this means Humble and Kingwood, Texas.
As your Humble locksmith and Kingwood locksmith in addition to the rest of Houston, Guardian Safe & Lock is doing everything we can to get relative information to you in order to help keep your families as secure as the properties we’ve worked on for you.
Humble In The Face Of COVID-19
The Humble, Texas area has faced the novel Coronavirus as the rest of Houston has, with precaution and safety measures. Much like the rest of the Houston area, local businesses have closed or shifted to allow curbside and delivery options.
Humble area zip codes have nearly 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the first inmate case to come back positive. The 37-year-old man was being held in a Humble jail after being convicted on February 27th on 2 drug possession charges.
He was evaluated and transferred to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston before being transferred to Hospital Galveston, where he tested positive for COVID-19. He is noted as having a preexisting respiratory condition, but authorities said he is in good condition. Other inmates, guards, and staff said to have had contact with the man are now under a “medically restricted” status.
The news is alarming to a community so close to George Bush International Airport. Luckily, Humble, as well as Tomball, are receiving a mobile testing center that will operate from April 20th through April 22nd and May 7th through May 9th. The site’s specific location will not be released to the general public, and will only be available to those who have been screened through readyharris.org and given a testing number.
Guardian Safe & Lock highly recommends that anyone who feels ill to take the screening immediately to see if COVID-19 testing is required and to follow through with the process despite where they may live in or outside of our service areas.
The Coronavirus in Kingwood
Kingwood too has seen a coronavirus death. Jaime Gomez, A 72-year-old man, died at the end of March after contracting the COVID-19 during family travel to France before the escalation of the virus.
He suffered from multi-organ failure and other coronavirus symptoms. His wife was also confirmed as positive for the coronavirus but has been in quarantine for nearly a month and seems to be in recovery.
Not long after this reported death, The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce held its first online BizCom meeting on April 2nd to provide information and resources to businesses in the Lake Houston area.
Notable attendees included U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Jenna Armstrong, President and CEO of the chamber, Superintendent of Humble ISD Elizabeth Fagen, Terry Vaughn, the district manager of pharmacy and retail operations at Walgreens and Board Chair for the Lake Houston Chamber and Mark Mitchell, President of Lake Houston Economic Development. Nicholas Stander, CPA of Stander & Co., also joined in the meeting.
The Chamber’s meeting covered many topics, from Houston and Texas’ response to COVID-19 to the troubled energy sector hit hard by both the virus and disputes between Saudia Arabia and Russia over oil production. But they also spoke about benefits programs for small businesses in the area.
The Paycheck Protection Program, which launched on April 3, gives business owners loans for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities that will be fully forgiven if at least 75% of the forgiven costs have been used on payroll.
The number is based on an 8-week payroll period, then businesses or nonprofits can get up to two and a half times that particular payroll and that can actually be forgiven if the company or non-profit can certify that those dollars have been spent either on payroll or on insurance or on mortgage payments or on utilities.
As a small business, Guardian Safe & Lock is in the thick of it just as Kingwood is. It’s important to keep to safety guidelines established by the CDC and World Health Organization, even if it’s difficult financially. There are resources at every level out there for nearly every individual and organization that can help, and we recommend looking into them if you’re hurting financially.
Keeping All Of Houston Safe And Secure
Guardian Safe & Lock is the leading supplier for security in the city. We provide Houston gun safes, Houston access control, and are the best security camera installer Houston can offer. We take pride in securing this city, as we take pride in being able to inform you of local happenings in your area.
As we continue to fight this virus, we also continue offering locksmith and security services 6 days a week for any job size you can throw at us. We may not be out of the thick of it yet, and if you need to increase home or business security we’ll provide that for you the same as we have these updates on COVID-19.
Don’t hesitate to reach out: all of our technicians regularly clean their stations and hands with sanitizer and other antiviral cleaning products. We’ve also implemented nitrile glove and mask-wearing policies to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and follow social distancing procedures at all times. Our Houston locksmiths are as safe for you as your buildings are after we’ve finished work.
If any new information arises that we feel is pertinent to your safety and security, Guardian Safe & Lock will continue to update our blog and social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) as well as our e-mail newsletter to keep you informed. Stay safe out there and keep it clean.