MAY 21 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Galveston County reported 11 additional coronavirus cases and two new recoveries May 21, with no additional deaths reported since May 15. (Community Impact staff)
Galveston County reported 11 additional coronavirus cases and two new recoveries May 21, with no additional deaths reported since May 15. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County reported 11 additional coronavirus cases and two new recoveries May 21, with no additional deaths reported since May 15. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County reported 11 additional coronavirus cases and two new recoveries May 21, with no additional deaths reported since May 15.

The county has seen 732 total cases, with 448 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.

No new cases were added to the total at
The Cottages at Clear Lake and Regent Care Center of League City on May 21, although cases increased earlier in the week.

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

NEW: The League City Parks & Recreation Department released a reopening schedule for aquatics, summer camps, and youth summer basketball and baseball. Camps are limited to 50% capacity and 50 total children. For more information, visit this page.



5 p.m. May 21: Houston's public parks will remain open Memorial Day weekend, but city-owned pools, which typically open for the season during the holiday, will stay closed, Mayor Sylvester Turner said May 21. City and county parks were also closed during Easter weekend, another weekend with high anticipated turnout, to curb the spread of the coronavirus. For more coverage, click here.

3:15 p.m. May 21: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said during a May 21 press conference that she plans to extend further the county's "Stay Home, Work Safe" order. The conference began at 12:30 p.m., and Hidalgo said she intended to sign the order later that day. For more coverage, click here.

3 p.m. May 21: Starting May 26, Texans will be able to begin receiving limited services from Texas Department of Public Safety driver's license offices. The reopening is part of a regionally phased plan announced by Gov. Greg Abbott May 21, which also includes the launch of an online driver's license appointment system for customers across the state to book appointments up to six months in advance. For more coverage, click here.

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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Despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses and government, League City still plans to lower the property tax rate in fiscal year 2020-21. (Screenshot courtesy League City)
Facing budget shortfall, League City officials still plan to lower tax rate

Despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses and government, League City still plans to lower the property tax rate in fiscal year 2020-21.

(Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
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As protests over the death of George Floyd continue, the Harris County Public Health Department released a statement asking people to take precautionary measures if they plan to attend a protest. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: County tops 350 new cases for second straight day

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue, the Harris County Public Health Department released a statement asking people to take precautionary measures if they plan to attend a protest.

Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper
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Despite an enormous budget shortfall, the city of Houston is aiming to use an "out-of-the-box" solution to avoid furloughing over 3,000 employees in fiscal year 2020-21. (Courtesy Fotolia)
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Interfaith Caring Ministries Resale Shop reopens in Webster

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(Courtesy Charming Charlie)
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The flyer with information on George Floyd's Houston-area services was released June 2. (Courtesy Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center)
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The June 2 march will culminate with a rally at the steps of Houston City Hall. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston city buildings, some METRO services planned to shut down ahead of June 2 march for George Floyd

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With protests over the death of George Floyd expected to continue this week in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for social distancing, and use of sanitizer and masks among protesters. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 388 new cases, 3 deaths confirmed June 1

With protests over the death of George Floyd expected to continue this week in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for social distancing, and use of sanitizer and masks among protesters.

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