MAY 28 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Bay Area readers. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Bay Area readers. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Bay Area readers. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County reported nine additional coronavirus cases and nine new recoveries May 28.

The county has seen 788 total cases, with 467 recoveries and 32 deaths, since mid-March. No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported May 28.

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 to the total at any of the five nursing homes May 28, although two new cases were reported at The Cottages at Clear Lake and Regent Care Center of League City over Memorial Day weekend.

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

3:15 p.m. May 28: Professional sporting events that take place in outdoor venues will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity in all Texas counties starting May 31, according to a May 22 proclamation from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing and submit a plan to the Texas Department of State Health Services that incorporates minimum standard health protocols as applicable. For more coverage, click here.

3 p.m. May 28: Kathryn Tart, dean of the University of Houston’s College of Nursing, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper on May 13 about how the novel coronavirus is changing the way the university is educating nursing students. During the interview, she also discussed the potential long-term effects of the coronavirus on the nursing profession and the Houston medical community. For more coverage, click here.

1 p.m. May 28: Several Greater Houston-area health systems this spring are investigating whether a decades-old plasma transfusion therapy may be a safe and effective method to treat COVID-19 patients. For more coverage, click here.

12:45 p.m. May 28: Harris County COVID-19 testing centers that have been operating in Baytown and Katy will soon move to new sites in Pasadena and Cy-Fair, officials announced in a May 28 press release. Click here for a map of the sites.

Noon May 28: Families that have lost access to free or reduced-price meals because of coronavirus-related school closures are eligible for a one-time pandemic electronic benefit transfer, or P-EBT, according to Texas Health and Human Services. The state received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits through P-EBT, which works like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits do. 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.