Reflecting America: What to know about the 2020 census

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The official day for the 2020 census count is less than one year away, and census employees are already beginning to prepare for the April 1, 2020, count. Here is what to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



MOST RECENT

Here are the coronavirus updates to know May 22. (Community Impact staff)
12th COVID-19-related death reported in Brazoria County on May 22

The most recent loss from the coronavirus was a Pearland nursing home resident.

Bellissimo Day Spa is ready to reopen after COVID-19 forced it to close temporarily. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Bellissimo Day Spa reopens after COVID-19 closure

“For a while we didn’t know what was going to happen, but we continued to have faith and now we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Co-owner Iris Wilt said.

Houston's unemployment rate hit a record high at 14.2%, leaving more than 450,000 workers unemployed. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.

Harris County homeowners who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities can expect property tax relief this year in the form of expanded property tax exemptions. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County unanimously votes to increase homestead exemptions for seniors, the disabled

Harris County homeowners who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities can expect property tax relief this year in the form of expanded property tax exemptions.

Houston ISD interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said she is exploring multiple options for the 2020-21 school year. (Screnshot via HISD TV)
Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

Read the most popular stories covering the Greater Houston area from this week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

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LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)
Texas Medical Center reports continued week-over-week increases in COVID discharges, deaths; hospitalizations, ICU numbers remain steady

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks.

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers are to be tested for coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.

In a letter addressed to state agencies and higher education institutions, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said the reduced budget comes in preparation to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on state finances expected to be felt in the coming months. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Friendswood has moved its Memorial Day celebration online with a commemorative video. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Friendswood to commemorate Memorial Day with video honoring veterans

The 19-minute video will honor deceased veterans and their families.

Active cases of COVID-19 came in at 6,012 in Harris County as of May 21, up from 5,208 one week ago on May 14. However, the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have remained flat over that time. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 188 new cases, 141 recoveries and six deaths confirmed May 21

Active cases of COVID-19 came in at 6,012 in Harris County as of May 21, up from 5,208 one week ago on May 14. However, the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have remained flat over that time.

Health officials in Brazoria County reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on May 21. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: 11 new cases in Brazoria County on May 21

These new cases include one additional nursing home resident and three probable cases.