MAY 19 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Here are the coronavirus updates to know May 19. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)
Here are the coronavirus updates to know May 19. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are the coronavirus updates to know May 19. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)

Galveston County reported five additional coronavirus cases and one new recovery May 19.

The last reported death was May 15. The county has seen 706 total cases, with 435 recoveries and 31 deaths, since mid-March.

This includes outbreaks at four nursing homes in League City and Texas City, which account for 110 of the total cases. Three of the confirmed cases come from The Cottages at Clear Lake and Regent Care Center of League City.

Here is other coronavirus-related news for Bay Area residents to know.

7 p.m. May 19: Harris County, including the city of Houston, confirmed 224 new cases of COVID-19 on May 19 and is now nearing the 10,000 total case mark. A total of 207 Harris County residents have died of the coronavirus after two more deaths were added May 19, a female in her 80s and a male in his 40s. For more coverage, click here.

5 p.m. May 19: Harris County Commissioners Court doubled the funding for the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund, from $15 million previously approved April 28 to $30 million during its May 19 meeting. The fund aims to help poor families, undocumented residents and other targeted populations pay for rent, utilities and other needs. For more coverage, click here.

3:30 p.m. May 19: Texans receiving unemployment benefits will not notice any delay in payments even if the state’s unemployment fund runs out toward the end of May as projected by officials. The state has already received approval to draw Title XII advances, or interest-free loans, to cover unemployment benefits for those without work as a result of the pandemic. For more coverage, click here.

3 p.m. May 19: Clear Creek ISD has partnered with area nonprofits to address inequities in distance learning brought to light by the coronavirus pandemic. The Clear Creek Education Foundation funded internet Wi-Fi hot spots for families facing extreme economic hardship as a result of the pandemic and subsequent restrictions. For more coverage, click here.

12:15 p.m. May 19: The city of Houston will likely furlough the more than 3,000 employees who are not part of the police, fire or sanitation departments to make up a budget shortfall that could be $200 million or higher, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin said during a Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce webinar. Martin also spoke about other topics related to Houston's efforts during the pandemic, including crime, hurricane season and the Houston Spaceport. For more coverage, click here.

By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.