MAY 27 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates from the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates from the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates from the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County reported 16 additional coronavirus cases—the biggest single-day jump in the case count total this month—and six new recoveries May 27.

The county has seen 779 total cases, with 458 recoveries and 32 deaths, since mid-March. No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported May 27.

The case count total includes outbreaks at four nursing homes in League City and Texas City, which account for more than 25% of the total cases. No new cases were added May 27 to the total at The Cottages at Clear Lake and Regent Care Center of League City, although two new cases were reported at the League City facilities over Memorial Day weekend.

Here are other coronavirus-related news updates for Bay Area residents to know. For a comprehensive list of business type and when and how they can open, click here.

4:30 p.m. May 27: Gov. Greg Abbott announced $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities for the purchase of tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with loved ones. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced with the governor that nursing facilities can submit applications to the HHSC to receive up to $3,000 in funding per facility to purchase the devices. For more coverage, click here.



2:30 p.m. May 27: Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs released a checklist May 26 for voters to follow to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at polling stations. Early voting for July 14 primary runoff elections is set to start June 29. For more coverage, click here.

9 a.m. May 27: Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation May 26 allowing water parks, as well as a few other services and activities, to reopen under Phase II of the state reopening plan. Starting May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits as determined by the venue owner. Indoor water parks will be limited to 25% of their listed occupancy. 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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