Galveston County Judge Mark Henry is putting together a countywide COVID-19 business task force. Henry has appointed League City City Council Member Hank Dugie to chair the COVID-19 Business Taskforce, according to a League City news release.

“I cannot think of any better person to help lead this effort with our local chambers than Councilman Hank Dugie,” Henry said in the release. “His leadership during this pandemic has helped the business community in the city of League City to safely reopen, and we want him to create a similar concept countywide.”

The group will respond to the needs of Galveston County's businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the task force include the county, the Galveston County Health District and various local chambers of commerce, according to the release.

“The partnership between the county and local chambers of commerce will create a powerful messaging and resource tool to help businesses navigate the challenges of COVID-19,” Henry said in the release. “Galveston County is very fortunate to be home to having some of the strongest and most active chambers in the state of Texas.”

The task force will develop and promote resources to help businesses remain open while cases continue to surge in Galveston County and the rest of Texas. The group will provide resources with guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and how to respond when an employee or customers tests positive for the virus, the release said.

"I am honored by Judge Henry for the opportunity to serve on the Galveston County COVID-19 Business Taskforce," Dugie said in the release. "The task force has already met and is motivated to tackle the challenge. We are eager to continue down the road of educating and encouraging businesses and consumers to practice precaution in these uncertain times. As always, we will persevere because our community, here on the Texas Gulf Coast, is strongest when it works together.”

The countywide group will build upon League City's Emergency Turnaround Taskforce, which was created in April to help League City businesses reopen during the beginning of the pandemic. The group established a website of COVID-19 resources and a workplace protection pledge local businesses can take to state their intentions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Galveston County business owners are compassionate, and they care about their employees, customers and the greater community,” Dugie said in the release. “More than anything, they want to keep people safe."