Study predicts coronavirus spike and other top Houston-area stories

The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)
The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)

The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)

Read some of the most popular Houston-area content on Community Impact Newspaper’s website from this week.

UPDATE: Willie’s Grill & Icehouse temporarily closes 2 locations after employees test positive for COVID-19

The restaurant’s locations on Hwy. 249 and Hwy. 6 temporarily closed after employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Drive-in movie theater to debut in Spring on May 29

Movie fans can get a theater experience while maintaining social distancing at Rooftop Cinema Club’s new The Drive-In in Spring.



National study predicts June coronavirus spike in Houston area

The Houston area could experience a significant increase in new coronavirus cases in June, according to a study by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. An analysis of cellphone data showed Harris County ranked poorly in social distancing.

COMING SOON: In-N-Out Burger construction progresses at Willowbrook location

The location is the California-based burger joint’s third in the Houston area.

Sugar Land-area hospitals not spared from financial strain of coronavirus pandemic

Sugar Land hospitals and clinics are working to cut costs as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused a decrease in visits and elective procedures.

Danica Smithwick, Adriana Rezal, Emma Whalen and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


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Forecasters currently predict Tropical Storm Beta will make landfall the evening of Sept. 22 along the middle Texas coast then slowly move along the coast or slightly inland through the Greater Houston region toward Louisiana. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
Disaster declaration issued for 4 Houston-area counties ahead of Tropical Storm Beta

Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties were all included in a disaster declaration issued Sept. 21; several Bay Area school districts, colleges and city entities are closed in response.

Another 1,372 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harris County over the Sept. 19-20 weekend along with 48 deaths caused by the virus. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Texas Medical Center positivity rate under 5% for two straight weeks

A low positivity rate is one of three metrics medical center officials are tracking that they say may indicate a declining spread of the virus.

The Kemah-based nonprofit has provided urban farm experiences to local youth since 2013. (Courtesy Gardenkids of Kemah)
Gardenkids of Kemah aims to help local youth 'protect, plant and play'

The nonprofit will participate in Eco Fest at Hometown Heroes Park in League City on Sept. 19.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Free COVID-19 testing at Texas Renaissance Festival and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.

According to a Texas Supreme Court order, all eviction notices in the state must be accompanied with the CDC eviction order's declaration form. (Courtesy Pexel)
Texas Supreme Court issues order strengthening CDC eviction moratorium

The action aims to strengthen a federal order that renters' advocates say has been falling short in eviction court.

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Pizza Lounge new location coming soon and more

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)
Galveston County removes many of Sept. 8 reported deaths; total now 139

The percentage of active COVID-19 cases has also dropped below 20% for the first time in September.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

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TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

Houston Police Department is joining Harris County's cite-and-release program. (Courtesy HTV)
Houston Police Department to join Harris County cite-and-release program

Houston Police Department is joining Harris County's cite-and-release program.

Clear Creek ISD has more than 42,000 total students, about 65% of whom returned to in-person learning at the start of the 2020-21 school year. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD superintendent search continues with board discussion of targets

The CCISD board of trustees have defined the 2020-21 superintendent targets that will be be used in the annual review process this spring during campus planning.