LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – County Judge Bill Stoudt will give a State of the County address Tuesday at noon in Longview.
“I will start off by telling you the state of the county is strong,” Stoudt said.
The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Longview at Pinecrest Country Club. The Rotary Club is the original service club of Gregg County.
“I keep saying it, I’ll continue to say it– this is a great community with a lot of great people in it,” Stoudt said.
Stoudt also spoke about COVID-19 in the county. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, as of Monday there are 373 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients currently in the hospital in Trauma Service Area G, which encompasses Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.
“If you haven’t gotten your vaccination we encourage you to do so,” Stoudt said. “The facts are in from the hospitals and the public here, if you have your vaccination and your booster, your chances of getting critically ill are very slim. I’m not a doctor, I’m just telling you what the facts and the figures are sharing with me.”
According to Stoudt, right now a little over 80,000 people in the community have been vaccinated.
Stoudt also spoke about bringing broadband internet access to rural areas throughout the county using grant funds.
“Broadband, if you’re inside the cities, it’s not too bad. If you get out into the county, it’s terrible,” Stoudt said. “I live out in a rural area of Gregg County, and it’s something that we work on. These grant funds that we received will allow us to do something about it.”
Stoudt said that on the judicial side, business at the Gregg County Courthouse is ramping back up to 100%.
To see the full address, watch the video above.