CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Galveston County reports record-high daily positive case count June 17

Here are the latest coronavirus updates in Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the latest coronavirus updates in Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the latest coronavirus updates in Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)

Galveston County saw its highest daily positive COVID-19 case count yet, 108 cases, on June 17.

Previously, the record-high daily positive case count was 86, which was recorded April 4.

The county has reported an additional 166 coronavirus cases since June 15, with the case count totaling 1,486 as of the evening of June 17.

The county has had 616 recoveries and 40 deaths since mid-March. No new deaths have been reported since June 11.

The county passed the 1,000-case mark in early June. The case count total includes outbreaks at four nursing homes in League City and Texas City, which account for roughly a third of the total cases in each city.

Here is other coronavirus-related news for Bay Area residents to know for the week of June 15.

11 a.m. June 17: League City officials held a ceremony June 17 to mark the city’s reopening for business and kick off a summer local business support program: the Summer of Fun Passport. The joint initiative from local business leaders aims to help League City retailers, restaurants and museums recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For more coverage, click here.

6 p.m. June 16: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the mayors of eight other Texas cities to call on Gov. Greg Abbott to allow them to require face coverings within their respective jurisdictions. Abbott assumed control over coronavirus response statewide April 27 when he lifted the state’s stay-home order; during a press conference outlining the state’s reopening plan, Abbott announced that his decisions supersede those made by local officials. For more coverage, click here.

5 p.m. June 16: Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas saw the highest daily positive COVID-19 case count yet, 2,622 cases, on June 16 during a press conference. Despite this, state officials said they are confident there is no shortage of hospital bed space available for Texans in need of care. For more coverage, click here.

11 a.m. June 16: The Texas Education Agency has created school calendar scenarios that can adjust for learning loss. Projections show the possibility of a year’s worth of progress lost in math for students. For more coverage, click here.

6 a.m. June 16: Galveston County and the University of Texas Medical Branch will begin offering free coronavirus antibody testing to county residents beginning June 17. For more information, 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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