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3:57 PM May 15, 2020 CDT

Montgomery County legislators Brandon Creighton, Steve Toth discuss COVID-19 response in Texas

The Montgomery County-based state senator and representative met with The Woodlands-area community members via videoconference May 15.

DATA: Here are companies with the highest number of Houston-area layoffs so far in 2020

Of the 23,197 layoffs reported in the Gulf Coast region , 76.2% of them were within Harris County, followed by 15.4% in Fort Bend County.

Houston City Council approves $1.14 monthly garbage bin fee in attempt to help close budget gap

The fee will be applied to city water bills beginning July 1.

Houston official: Economy likely will not return to pre-coronavirus state until mid-2021

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and oil and gas downturn continue to cripple the Greater Houston area's economy, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said in a May 12 webinar that he suspects the local economy will not return to its pre-coronavirus state until mid-2021 at the earliest.

'There is no rainy day fund': Mayor Turner proposes 3,000 furloughs, use of reserve spending to balance FY 2020-21 budget

The proposed $5.1 billion budget calls for 3,000 city employee furloughs and complete use of the city's $20 million annual emergency fund.

National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.

City of Humble takes 19% sales tax revenue hit for month of March

The city of Humble's sales tax revenue took a 19% hit year-over-year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.

DATA: Houston logs $6.57M sales tax revenue loss in March

The city absorbed a more than 10% drop in revenue in one month.

Houston passes $15 million rental assistance program

A new $15 million relief fund approved by Houston City Council will provide aid to renters behind on April and May rent due to coronavirus wage losses.

Harris County issues new Stay Home-Work Safe order through May 20 aligned with state guidelines

Harris County also launched a new system for residents to report violations, including businesses that should not be open and businesses operating at more than 25% capacity.

PHOTOS: Montgomery County residents push for faster reopening

"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said.

Murky skies ahead for airport, hospitality industries

Like many other industries in the Greater Houston area, the travel industry was reeling in the month of March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,

MAP: See which Houston ZIP codes have highest per-capita unemployment filings

A ZIP-code snapshot of claims as of April 27 shows that some areas are feeling the economic effects more harshly than others.

43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.

Following clarification, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough reverses stance, says only select businesses to open May 1

Officials clarified that nonessential services, such as gyms, studios, barbershops and nail salons, are not classified as essential and cannot open.

Lake Houston-area officials, businesses react to state's May 1 reopening guidelines

Lake Houston-area officials say it is too early to tell how many business owners will choose to reopen and what it will mean for the local economy.

Texas Workforce Commission unemployment claims in Lake Houston area surpass 14,000

As the state feels the economic effect of the coronavirus on businesses, the Texas Workforce Commission has reported the increasing number of unemployment claims.

Most Houston-area movie theaters do not plan to open May 1 despite Gov. Abbott’s authorization

This initiative is part of a larger effort to gradually reopen businesses across the state following closings due to the coronavirus, but only a few Houston-area theaters are planning to reopen so soon.

Humble economy takes hit during coronavirus

Gov. Greg Abbott announced April 27 a plan to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak, which included opening businesses in phases in May. Despite this, Humble-area officials said the climb to a repaired economy is far from over.

Greater Houston area sees around 400,000 unemployment claims in March, April

Houstonians can expect to continue seeing an elevated level of unemployment claims in the coming weeks.

Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.