Sabine County Courthouse

Pineland Lumber, Georgia Pacific

The safety and well-being of our employees and customers remains our top priority. We've been continuing to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and have learned that a Georgia­ Pacific employee at our Pineland mill has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

We are working closely with local public health authorities, in addition to following CDC guidelines, to provide necessary support for our colleague and our co-workers. We have worked to identify the people with whom this individual had prolonged close contact, and per CDC guidance, we asked these individuals to self-quarantine.

In response to these events, Georgia-Pacific also suspended its production at the planer mill where the affected employees work. The area will be closed though April 14 and represents approximately 20% of Pineland's production. We will work to supply customer orders with the least possible disruption from the second, larger planer mill at Pineland and from other Georgia­-Pacific facilities as necessary.

Georgia-Pacific is working hard to ensure that we continue to serve our customers, but we take the issues of pandemic response seriously. We will continue to keep you informed as we navigate through this temporary suspension of our stud-planer.

Sabine County COVID-19 Press Release

On behalf of the Sabine County Office of Emergency Management& County Judge Daryl Melton, we are providing an update on the COVID-19 Pandemic as it relates to our county.

It was reported this morning that we have 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sabine County. However, we are still waiting on several test results.

Moments after this report, I became inundated with calls and messages from concerned citizens regarding a positive test. This concern flared due to the fact that the citizen works in Pineland at Georgia-Pacific. This employee is not a county resident. Please see statement that GP released to me today, concerning positive test at bottom of page.

We would like to explain further the process of the COVID-19 reporting B. DSHS contacts the County Emergency Management Coordinator and County Judge and informs them of any and all new cases. Because of strict HIPAA laws and strict DSHS confidentiality policies, the names of the individuals are not given out by DSHS to public, only privy entities. See HIPAA attachment below. Once an individual is given a COVID- 19 positive test result, DSHS launches a case investigation. The individual is asked who they have been in close contact with and those individuals are then contacted by DSHS and questioned. Based on their answers,they are given instructions on self-care and isolating themselves or given information or a referral to their primary care physician for testing. Focusing on "who & where" at this point is useless. That is not to say those individuals testing positive can't tell whoever they please about their diagnosis.

Sabine County is under Jasper Newton County Public Health District. The above mentioned positive case went under Angelina County Public Health District.   Due to this, it has taken many exasperating calls to iron out the facts so that I may convey them appropriately to you.

The virus is very close to Sabine County and possibly spreading. Please take no chances. Monday, March 30111, Sabine County Commissioners Court issued amended orders. It is a "Stay in Place" order.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your concerted efforts in your attempts to help alleviate the spread of coronavirus in our community. I sincerely ask that you think not only of yourself but those around you.

•​following the "Stay at Home" order,

•​practicing social distancing,

•​washing hands thoroughly and frequently, or using hand sanitizer

•​try to avoid touching your face

•​cleaning surfaces frequently

•​staying home if you're ill

Let's keep in mind that we are all in this together and we will all get through this together. Please, stay home as much as humanly possible and stay safe. PRAY.


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