MAY 20 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Galveston County reported six additional coronavirus cases and seven new recoveries on May 20, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.(Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)
Galveston County reported six additional coronavirus cases and seven new recoveries on May 20, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.(Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)

Galveston County reported six additional coronavirus cases and seven new recoveries on May 20, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.(Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)

Galveston County reported six additional coronavirus cases and seven new recoveries on May 20, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.

The county has seen 721 total cases, with 446 recoveries and 31 deaths, since mid-March. This includes outbreaks at four nursing homes in League City and Texas City, which account for 194 of the total cases. The county added one new case to the total at The Cottages at Clear Lake and Regent Care Center of League City on May 20.

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

5:30 p.m. May 20: State and federal officials encouraged small-business owners to take advantage of opportunities and resources to help their business at a May 20 webinar. For more coverage, click here.

3:30 p.m. May 20: In a post via his Facebook page, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia said applications for the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund will open June 11. Additional details about the application process are forthcoming. Harris County Commissioners Court doubled the funds from $15 million to $30 million at its May 19 meeting. Also at the May 19 Commissioners Court meeting, Harris County’s disaster declaration was extended through June 10. First issued March 11 and previously set to expire May 20, the declaration allows the county to adequately respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said during the meeting. For more coverage, click here.



3 p.m. May 20: Fitness activities and programs, including group exercise, day camps and lap swimming, will resume at several YMCA of Greater Houston locations beginning June 1. Facilities will be open Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., and member dues will not be charged for the month of June. For more coverage, click here.

11:45 a.m. May 20: As many health care facilities in the Greater Houston area are seeing furloughs and layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nassau Bay’s Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is expanding with sights set on future growth. Despite the pandemic, the six-story, 150,000-square-foot building is on schedule to open in May 2021. For more coverage, click here.

10 a.m. May 20:
Members of the League City Emergency Turnaround Taskforce, League City Council members and members of the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce met at 10 a.m. May 20 in the parking lot of League City's Black Bear Diner to distribute reopening toolkits to businesses located in the Pinnacle Park retail center, according to a city news release. The toolkit contains state and county guidelines for reopening specific to each type of business, useful resources, and the “League City Workplace Protection Pledge.” Businesses can sign and display the pledge at their establishment along with an “open for business” yard sign. The League City Emergency Turnaround Taskforce is made up of experts from the community to assist League City in its recovery from the effects of COVID-19. For more information on the task force, click here.

Editor's note: The story was updated at 9:28 a.m. May 21 with accurate additional case count and recovery data.

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.