ROUNDUP: Houston-area organizations work to supply community with masks

Harmony School of Innovation-Katy and Harmony Science Academy-Sugar Land gave 45 shields to the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's Office on May 4. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)
Harmony School of Innovation-Katy and Harmony Science Academy-Sugar Land gave 45 shields to the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's Office on May 4. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)

Harmony School of Innovation-Katy and Harmony Science Academy-Sugar Land gave 45 shields to the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's Office on May 4. (Courtesy Harmony Public Schools)

Read more about efforts in the Houston area to provide first responders, health care workers and the community at large with face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Harmony School of Innovation-Katy donates 3D-printed face shields to local first responders

Students at the charter school used a 3-D printer to produce and donate medical-grade face shields to local medical workers and constables.

Lone Star College-Houston North distributes masks, food, disinfectant for area residents

The Lone Star College North Houston campus distributed thousands of units of food, masks and other supplies to those in need at a local church April 24.

Harris County Precinct 4 quilters, church groups come together to sew masks for the front lines

Volunteers from churches and local sewing and quilting groups have put their skills to use sewing nearly 1,000 masks for first responders and front-line workers.

Alvin Community College making masks for local health care professionals

Industrial design instructors at the college are also using a 3-D printer to produce face shields.

Friendswood store organizes mask donation network

The owner of a Friendswood sewing shop has repurposed her business into a mask production and donation network for the community.

Pearland’s Chinese community donates masks, money to hospitals, first responders to fight COVID-19

After being forced to cancel events as the coronavirus hit the area, two Pearland organizations used their networks and volunteers to gather and donate over 10,000 masks, 18,000 gloves and 1,200 protective gowns.

Clear Creek ISD sophomore, 8th-grader make face masks, ear-relief straps for community

Two siblings from Clear Creek ISD combined their different skills and interests to make and donate or sell personal protective equipment.

Here’s how you can make your own face mask at home

A makeshift face mask can be quickly assembled using common household items such as fabric and rubber bands.

The Woodlands-area students work together to donate 500 masks to The Woodlands Fire Department

In The Woodlands, a group of students is assembling masks with a goal of donating 500 per week to first responders.

City of Sugar Land puts out plea for community members to donate homemade masks

The city of Sugar Land is seeking mask donations for essential workers.

Kingwood craft studios switch gears to sew face masks for community

A Kingwood nonprofit is having its students sew masks to keep them engaged and their minds occupied while helping the community.

Bellaire neighbors make face shields for local health care workers

A Bellaire resident recruited her neighbors to assemble face shields for area hospitals.

Jen Para, Kelly Schafler, Andrew Christman, Hannah Zedaker, Morgan Slutzky, Haley Morrison, Colleen Ferguson, Danica Smithwick and Hunter Marrow contributed to this report.



Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

Texas Medical Center reports only 4% uptick in ICU bed use despite continued COVID-19 case increases

Compared to 1,350 total intensive care units in use June 30, Texas Medical Center has seen only a slight uptick in occupancies since then, with 1,394 reported July 9.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
Refinancing a home, police departments address protests: Popular news this week from Greater Houston

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

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Harris County. (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 907 cases, 12 deaths confirmed July 9

The 12 deaths—the largest single day total in Harris County since the pandemic began—brings the total COVID-19 death count in the county to 423.

Firefighters, police officers, solid waste collectors and bus drivers in Houston have all been affected by coronavirus exposure. (Courtesy Pexel)
From solid waste collectors to firefighters, Houston’s public workers facing strain from coronavirus exposures

Houston’s core city services are being strained by coronavirus exposures, city leaders report.

The Texas Republican State Convention was set to be held July 16-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Two new lawsuits aim to reverse GOP convention cancellation

The lawsuits come the day after the contract for hosting the event was terminated.

An average of 225 cases a day have been reported so far in July in Galveston County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Galveston County adds 734 new coronavirus cases

There were 3,565 total cases in the county at the start of July. The latest totals on July 9 show a 49% increase in cases over the course of a week.

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.