Congressman Michael Cloud, OEM address CARE and “Stay Home, Stay Safe”

VICTORIA, Texas — District 27 Congressman Michael Cloud and Victoria Office of Emergency Management (OEM) addressed the CARE Act and last week’s “Stay Home, Safe Safe” order at Wednesday’s daily coronavirus press briefing.

Congressman Cloud (R-District 27) said he expects federal payments from the CARE Act, which will pay individuals up to $1,200, and couples $2,400 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to go into effect as early as the end of next week. The bill was passed to help Americans who make less than $75,000 during the economic recession caused by the virus.

Victoria OEM and Chiefs Roy Boyd and J.J. Craig then addressed reports of violations of last week’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order in Victoria County. It was announced the county has created a task force to help address future violations and will continue to guide local businesses in compliance with the order. As of Wednesday afternoon, Chief Craig announced the Victoria Police Department had issued three citations and was launching one criminal investigation due to violations of the order.

Victoria OEM also announced two additional positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Victoria County, upping the county’s total to 61 as of Wednesday afternoon. The panel added that the overwhelming majority of those positive cases in the county are showing improvement.

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