JUNE 3 ROUNDUP: Bay Area coronavirus updates

Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in the Bay Area. (Community Impact staff)

Another Galveston County resident has died from the coronavirus COVID-19 since June 1, according to data from the Galveston County Health District.

The county has seen 876 total cases—an increase of 29 cases since two days ago. There have been 486 recoveries and 38 deaths since the pandemic began mid-March, according to the data.

The case count total includes outbreaks at five nursing homes in League City, Texas City and Friendswood, accounting for 219 cases, or 25% of the total cases.

For more data on Galveston County coronavirus cases, visit the health district's website.

See below for news briefs on local coronavirus-related happenings.

June 2: League City City Council has made more than $250,000 in Community Development Black Grant funds to pay rent and utilities for residents facing a financial emergency due to COVID-19. The city will work with Interfaith Caring Ministries to distribute the funds.


By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)
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