ROUNDUP: Area companies hiring and other stories for South Houston readers

As unemployment numbers continue to climb, with more Texans already having filed for unemployment thus far in 2020 than in all of 2019, many Houstonians who have been furloughed or laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are now in the job market. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
As unemployment numbers continue to climb, with more Texans already having filed for unemployment thus far in 2020 than in all of 2019, many Houstonians who have been furloughed or laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are now in the job market. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As unemployment numbers continue to climb, with more Texans already having filed for unemployment thus far in 2020 than in all of 2019, many Houstonians who have been furloughed or laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are now in the job market. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read some of the latest coronavirus coverage from South Houston.

HELP WANTED: These companies are currently hiring in the Greater Houston area

Workers in the Houston area who have been furloughed or laid off amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus can check this list for companies still hiring.

Fort Bend ISD expects to finish year with budget surplus despite spending $1.6 million on coronavirus response

In a presentation to the Fort Bend ISD school board, Chief Financial Officer Bryan Guinn said additional costs associated with the coronavirus were offset by savings from shutting down schools and travel, and an undetermined amount of aid will be disbursed to the district as a result of the federal economic stimulus bill.



METRO: 3 bus operators test positive for coronavirus

Three additional bus drivers with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases for the agency to 10 employees and one contractor.

With over $7.4 million raised, Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to begin disbursing grants this week

The United Way of Greater Houston in partnership with the Greater Houston Community Foundation will begin distributing over $7.4 million in grants this week to nonprofit partners and grassroots organizations.

Patrick Jankowski ups Houston-area job loss projections to 250,000 in March, April

Regional economist Patrick Jankowski increased his estimate for total job losses in the Houston area from 150,000 through the end of the year to 250,000 for March and April alone.

Hannah Zedaker, Claire Shoop, Hunter Marrow, Matt Dulin and Danica Smithwick contributed to this report.


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ERCOT board developing new emergency response measures, managing financial fallout from winter storm

An emergency meeting of an ERCOT advisory committee made up of independent advisers was convened March 5 after the resignations of several board and of ERCOT CEO Bill Magness. 

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know ahead of spring break in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Number of active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations in Galveston County down 57% in 1 month

While the area seems to have moved past a case surge earlier in 2021, counts are gradually rising ahead of spring break.

Cars wait their turn for a vaccine dose at the Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 2. The hub was hosted by Denton County Public Health. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Texas doctor discusses first 3 months of vaccine distribution process

Texas is in its 12th week of statewide vaccine distribution, and an expansion of eligibility for vaccination could come later this spring.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
2 weeks after winter storm, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center still sitting at 1-day blood supply

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region.

Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar opened in January at 803 E. NASA Parkway, Webster. (Courtesy city of Webster)
Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar now open in Webster

Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar opened in January at 803 E. NASA Parkway, Webster.

For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

Mayor Turner signing Executive Order
Houston becomes first in Texas to set participation goals for LGBTQ-certified businesses in city contracts

“Until today, LGBTQ entrepreneurs couldn’t always bring their full selves to the table for fear of outing themselves and losing business, clients or their livelihoods,” said Tammi Wallace, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce CEO. “This change means the city is saying, ‘We value you.’”

Eggcellence Cafe and Bakery opened in Webster in February. (Courtesy city of Webster)
Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery now open in Webster

Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery opened its eighth location in early February at 20971 Gulf Freeway, Webster.

This month, the Greater Houston area will mark the anniversaries of its first confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the first deaths attributed to the pandemic. (Courtesy Pexels)
Share your story: Have you lost anyone to COVID-19?

This month, the Greater Houston area will mark the anniversaries of its first confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the first deaths attributed to the pandemic.